Health Information Technology and Exchange

The health care industry has been relatively slow to digitize. Experts believe expanding the exchange of electronic health records could dramatically improve health care quality and cost savings by helping eliminate duplicated or unneeded services. With billions of dollars in new federal incentives soon available, the adoption of electronic medical records is expected to surge. KHI researchers help define the appropriate uses of private and secure data to improve health and KHI News Service journalists chronicle health IT and health information exchange initiatives in the state.

The Kansas insurance marketplace that might have been

Colorado’s insurance marketplace up and running smoothly under former Kansas IT leadership

3 | Health Reform, HIE-HIT, Insurance

Perhaps it is a case of could-have-been. Gary Schneider, the technology expert who was set to lead Kansas' marketplace development until Gov. Brownback opted against it, left instead for Colorado. In Colorado, so far, things are going smoothly with its marketplace, Schneider said.

Policy and Research

Kansas e-Health Advisory Council

0 | Dec. 09, 2009 | HIE-HIT

The Kansas Health Institute is a member of the Kansas e-Health Advisory Council, a project of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that is working to develop strategic plans to build a statewide infrastructure that will facilitate the exchange of health information.

HIE/HIT in Kansas

1 | Mar. 16, 2009 | HIE-HIT

This slide presentation to the e-Health Advisory Committee reviews the progress of implementing HIT/HIE in Kansas.

HISPC, Phase III: Kansas State Report

0 | Mar. 16, 2009 | HIE-HIT

The potential transformation of health care in terms of quality and cost through the use of health information technology (HIT) and health information exchange (HIE) has been, and continues to be, a high priority at both the federal and state level.

Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration

0 | Mar. 01, 2009 | HIE-HIT

The Kansas Health Institute has been a part of this project to remove barriers to establishing effective health information exchanges.

Kansas HIE Exchange Commission Final Report

0 | Aug. 31, 2007 | HIE-HIT

This report summarizes the findings of the Kansas Health Information Exchange Commission regarding the ability to facilitate a statewide exchange of health information.

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News

KanHIT work groups to study secondary-use policies

0 | Apr. 15, 2014 | KDHE, HIE-HIT

Members of a council that is advising the state on how to govern the digital exchange of patient health information met again to talk about ways to regulate the so-called "secondary use" of the data. As more medical providers feed their patient information to the two exchange networks operating in the state, the network managers are expected to receive more requests for access to the data from researchers, marketers, drug companies and others.

GAO faults HHS for lack of specifics in HIE strategy

0 | Mar. 25, 2014 | Agencies, HIE-HIT

The Government Accountability Office has issued a report taking to task the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the agency's failure to set priorities and milestones for implementing the national exchange of digital patient records.

Regional health information networks form multi-state consortium

0 | Feb. 19, 2014 | HIE-HIT

A new, multi-state group is being formed to tackle issues facing health information exchange organizations. The Mid States Consortium of Health Information Organizations will begin its work with 19 member organizations, including the Kansas Health Information Network.

KanHIT Advisory Council urged to craft 'secondary data use' policy

0 | Feb. 18, 2014 | HIE-HIT

Members of a new advisory council for the state's health information exchange said it was urgent to start work on policies to ensure the privacy of patient information and to determine who will have access to the data generated by the digital exchange.

Regional health information exchanges begin sharing records

0 | Feb. 12, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, HIE-HIT

Two regional health information exchanges, The Tiger Institute Health Alliance and the Lewis and Clark Information Exchange, are now securely sharing electronic medical records, officials say.

KDHE surveyors sent to Osawatomie State Hospital

2 | Oct. 30, 2014 | KDADS, KDHE, Mental Health

The 206-bed inpatient facility for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses this week had 235 patients.

Lawsuit against KanCare company puts program in spotlight again

0 | Oct. 30, 2014 | Courts, KanCare

In a lawsuit filed this week, the former Sunflower State Health Plan official claimed she was fired after she objected to a directive to shift KanCare members away from high-cost providers.

Solving the puzzling mental health issues of Bhutanese refugees

0 | Oct. 28, 2014 | Health Disparities, Mental Health

Yoga - an ancient practice - has helped Bhutanese refugees lower their levels of pain, anxiety and depression.

Praeger shares individual mandate concerns

0 | Jun. 23, 2010 | Health Reform, Insurance, Mental Health

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says she’s all for doing away with the “pre-existing condition exclusions” that health insurers have long used to deny coverage to those who need it most. But, she said, there’s a problem.

Businesses challenge smoking ban

1 | Jun. 22, 2010 | Government, Legislature, Tobacco

Several businesses have joined a lawsuit against the state, asserting that the statewide public smoking ban that becomes effective July 1 is unconstitutional.

Shannon Cotsoradis takes helm at children's group

0 | Jun. 29, 2010 | Advocacy

Shannon Cotsoradis, executive vice president at Kansas Action for Children, has been tapped to replace Gary Brunk as the advocacy group's chief executive. Brunk will continue to work on special projects and federal issues for the group he headed for 14 years.

KDHE surveyors sent to Osawatomie State Hospital

2 | Oct. 30, 2014 | KDADS, KDHE, Mental Health

The 206-bed inpatient facility for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses this week had 235 patients.

Governor launches first of three childhood-poverty forums

1 | Nov. 14, 2011 | Children, Social Determinants of Health

Reducing the number of children born to single mothers is the most effective way to combat childhood poverty. That's according to Robert Rector, the Heritage Foundation fellow picked by Gov. Sam Brownback to keynote the first of his administration's three planned meetings this week on the topic of childhood poverty. Rector's remarks angered some in the audience of about 250 people.

KanCare initiative concerns parents of developmentally disabled adults

3 | Oct. 20, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare

A health home initiative announced by KDADS encourages but does not require KanCare companies to let developmentally disabled Kansans keep their current case managers if they so choose.

Davis vows to reverse controversial KanCare decision if elected

6 | Oct. 08, 2014 | Campaign 2014, KanCare

The Democratic candidate for governor says support services to Kansans with developmental disabilities should not be part of the state's privatized Medicaid program.

Kansas mental health system under increasing stress

16 | Aug. 18, 2014 | Mental Health

Directors at many of the 26 community mental health centers in Kansas say the system is breaking down because state funding hasn’t kept pace with the increasing demands for care in their communities.

Few adults taking advantage of new KanCare dental coverage

1 | Oct. 24, 2014 | KanCare, Oral Health

When the state handed over administration of Medicaid to three managed care companies, the companies granted basic dental services to more than 130,000 adults who hadn't previously had it under Medicaid. But relatively few of those adults took advantage of it in KanCare's first year.

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