For Immediate Release
May 22, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE, KHIE to Announce Details of Statewide Health Information Exchange

Press Conference Scheduled May 23 at 11 a.m.

Topeka—The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Kansas Health Information Exchange, Inc. (KHIE) are scheduled to announce Wednesday details surrounding the launch of a statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE). KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer Robert Moser, M.D., and KHIE Board Chairman Joe Davison, M.D., will describe what patients and providers in Kansas can expect leading up to and following the July 1 HIE implementation.

Health Information Technology (HIT) makes it possible for health care providers to better coordinate patient care through the secure use and sharing of health information. It includes the use of electronic health records (EHRs) instead of paper medical records to maintain personal health information.

In April, the KHIE Board of Directors approved temporary certificates of authority for two health information organizations: Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) and Lewis and Clark Health Information Exchange (LACIE). The temporary certificates are effective July 1 for a period of one year. Both KHIN and LACIE have been enrolling participants (medical providers and hospitals) and creating and testing interfaces between their respective HIE services and their participants' systems.

KDHE is the state designee for HIT and HIE, while the non-profit KHIE, Inc. was created to assure the availability of a statewide health information exchange and ensure compliance with policies and standards that govern statewide HIE.

Who: KDHE and KHIE, Inc.
What: Statewide Health Information Exchange
When: Wednesday, May 23, 11 a.m.
Where: Kansas Statehouse, Room 152-South