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KHIN Expands Health Information Exchange with New Participant

Saint Luke’s Health System will now have the ability to engage in health information exchange through KHIN.

KHIN recently added a new participant to expand health information exchange.

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By Kate Monica

- The Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) recently furthered its reach after adding Saint Luke’s Health System to its list of participants, according to KTTN.

Saint Luke’s is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system that includes 16 hospitals and campuses across Kansas and Missouri, as well as several primary and specialty care practices. The health system also includes several inpatient, outpatient, home care, and hospice care facilities, as well as a senior living community.

“KHIN provides support for organizations tasked with connecting providers and patients, and we look forward to working with them as we provide the highest quality healthcare to our patients in Kansas and Missouri,” said Saint Luke’s Health System Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer Debe Gash.

Saint Luke’s joined the physician-led health information exchange (HIE) as part of an effort to improve health data exchange between providers, improve care coordination, and enable better-informed clinical decision-making.  

Through KHIN, Saint Luke’s will gain access to longitudinal patient health records that are electronically updated in near real-time. Physicians part of the KHIN network will also have access to the EHRs of Saint Luke’s patients as they move between care providers in the region. Additionally, patients will have the opportunity to make better-informed decisions about their own care by accessing their own health records online through a KHIN portal.

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“An integration project as sizable and intricate as one the size of Saint Luke’s Health System takes patience, persistence and an engaged team of executives and project managers,” said KHIN Executive Director Laura McCrary.

“It is an honor to partner with a health system that touches as many lives as Saint Luke’s Health System and supports their mission to provide the very best patient care possible in the Kansas City area,” she continued.

KHIN was established with help from KAMMCO Health Solutions. KHIN is also working with six other physician-led state HIEs to connect to care sites part of the Military Health System (MHS) and improve health data exchange among military hospitals and clinics.

KAMMCO has also assisted in launching physician-led state HIEs in Connecticut, New Jersey, South Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, and Louisiana.

Hawaii HIE Implements NextGate EMPI to Boost EHR Patient Matching

Elsewhere in health data exchange news, Hawaii HIE (HHIE) recently made the decision to implement NextGate’s cloud-based enterprise master patient index (EMPI) and provider registry solutions to boost its EHR patient matching accuracy rates.

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HHIE is Hawaii’s state-designated HIE covering more than 1.2 million patients. Implementing NextGate’s EMPI solution will help the exchange establish a statewide system for accurate patient and provider data, reduce instances of duplicate patient EHRs, and cut down on the number of incomplete data in patient health records.

“Working with a best in class technology leader such as NextGate exemplifies our commitment to serving Hawaii’s healthcare community,” said HHIE Information Technology Manager Ben Tutor. “The partnership will enable HHIE to develop internal support tools to create accurate, efficient patient identity and provider relationships to those patients to support focused coordinated care.”

The EMPI will also help to support interoperability for HHIE’s Health eNet Community Health Record (CHR), which includes more than 1,200 users and 470 participating physician practices, pharmacies, payers, and large healthcare providers.

The EMPI Patient Matching as a Service (PMaaS) solution will allow HHIE to achieve a fully-integrated coordinated delivery network.

“A complete window of an individual’s health is key to fostering care collaboration and outcomes, eliminating medical errors and duplicative services, and improving patient and provider satisfaction,” said NextGate CEO Andy Aroditis. “We commend HHIE for prioritizing provider and patient identification as the basis for statewide interoperability and improved efficiency.”

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NextGate’s EMPI solution resolves data discrepancies and links medical records across different health IT systems. The health IT company’s provider registry solution reconciles provider data across clinical, financial, and credentialing systems to ensure provider directories and referral networks are accurate and up-to-date.

“Accurate, comprehensive data that flows freely across boundaries is a catalyst for informed, life-saving decision making, effective care management, and a seamless patient and provider experience,” said HHIE CEO Francis Chan, MPH.

“HHIE is proud to be working with NextGate to ensure our providers have timely and reliable access to data to deliver the high-quality level of care every patient deserves,” concluded Chan.

Drummond Group Joins SHIEC Collaborative Partner Program

Finally, interoperability software testing company Drummond Group joined the Strategic Health Information Collaborative (SHIEC) as a Strategic Business and Technology (SB&T) Partner.

Drummond Group is a HITRUST CSF Assessor that helps HIEs become HITRUST certified.

 “Drummond Group joined the SHIEC SB&T program on the recommendation of our HIE customers,” said Drummond Group Business Unit Leader Russell Rowe. “Our HIE customers saw the value that our HITRUST services could provide to other SHIEC HIE members.”

SHIEC launched its SB&T partner program to encourage health IT companies to support HIEs part of the SHIEC network. Vendors part of the collaborative host regular events to educate HIEs about new technologies and trends in health data exchange.  

“SHIEC is excited to have Drummond Group join the SB&T Partner program,” said SHIEC CEO Kelly Hoover Thompson. “SB&T Partners are selected based on their ability to bring unique, value-added solutions to our HIE community members. Drummond has extensive experience assisting our members in achieving HITRUST certification.”

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