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.

KanCare payment delays threaten rural hospital

1 | Aug. 27, 2014 | Hospitals, KanCare

Roger Warren, a surgeon and administrator at Hanover Hospital for 54 years, says the three managed care companies owe his hospital more than $140,000 in claims — or more than half of the hospital's monthly operating budget.

Fines proposed for foster care contractors

0 | Dec. 01, 2009 | Children, Legislature

A key member of the Joint Committee on Children’s Issues wants to fine contractors caught lying or telling half-truths in foster care hearings. “We have the laws, but I see them being ignored,” said Rep. Bill Otto, R-LeRoy. “Totally ignored.” Otto said he’s heard too many stories of vindictive social workers working for the contractors who mislead judges about parents’ and grandparents’ abilities to care for their children and grandchildren.

Overuse of antipsychotic drugs in some Kansas nursing homes endangering patients

0 | Aug. 25, 2014 | KDADS, Health Care Delivery

Experts say powerful antipsychotic drugs are used too much as “chemical restraints” or sedatives to control the behavior of Kansas nursing home residents suffering from dementia, and that efforts to curb the practice are showing weak results compared to other states.

KU Hospital joins effort to oppose liver transplant proposal

0 | Aug. 26, 2014 | University of Kansas

The proposal would have a profound effect on KU Hospital, which runs one of the top liver transplant programs by volume in the country, and other regional transplant centers.

Health departments brace for loss of STD funds

0 | Oct. 08, 2012 | KDHE, Public Health

Federal funds for testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea are going away, and county health departments will have to figure out a way to cover the costs of testing uninsured patients. “From a public health standpoint, you want to cure the patient, but you’re even more interested in keeping control of the disease out in the community,” officials said. “You don’t want to be turning people away because they don’t have the money.”

Task force issues recommendations for reducing childhood poverty

1 | Sep. 06, 2013 | Early Childhood, DCF

A task force charged with proposing “innovative and groundbreaking ways to reduce childhood poverty” today issued its recommendations, including: promoting education, job training, employment over dependence on government, and healthy marriage.

Kansas mental health system under increasing stress

14 | 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.

KanCare payment delays threaten rural hospital

1 | Aug. 27, 2014 | Hospitals, KanCare

Roger Warren, a surgeon and administrator at Hanover Hospital for 54 years, says the three managed care companies owe his hospital more than $140,000 in claims — or more than half of the hospital's monthly operating budget.

Yoder stresses importance of federal funding for biomedical research

1 | Aug. 19, 2014 | Government, KU Medical Center, University of Kansas

Last year, KU and the University of Kansas Medical Center received more than $75 million in NIH funding.

KC public housing smoking ban puts onus on tenants

8 | May. 22, 2014 | Community Health, Government, Tobacco

A new policy aims to do away with smoking in city-owned housing, but many residents are not pleased.

New federal rules will disrupt care for disabled Kansans, state officials say

1 | Aug. 12, 2014 | KDADS, Health Care Delivery, KanCare

KDADS Secretary Kari Bruffett says with the changes, thousands of Kansans likely would need to move from home-based care to a nursing home setting.

Study: Rejection of Medicaid expansion costing Kansas, Missouri hospitals billions

1 | Aug. 08, 2014 | Health Reform, Hospitals, Medicaid-CHIP

The analysis says that without Medicaid expansion, Kansas hospitals stand to lose $2.6 billion between 2013 and 2022.

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