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State’s medical records exchanges find glitches in new system

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at 12:11 p.m.

The two electronic health information exchange networks in Kansas are attempting to connect, but not all the information is accessible, exchange officials say.

Once connected, participating medical providers will be able to access patient records statewide.

The connection started at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, said Laura McCrary, executive director for the Kansas Health Information Network, which serves the majority of the state.

McCrary said that KHIN providers have been able to access the records from the other network, the Lewis And Clark Information Exchange, which is primarily used in the Kansas City metro area.

But Mike Dittemore, executive director of the Kansas City area exchange, said providers on that system have not been able to access KHIN’s data.

“The work Cerner (a provider of electronic medical information systems) has done to allow KHIN access is working. Unfortunately we are not able to access KHIN data,” Dittemore said in an e-mail, adding that technology staff were working on the problem.

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