Health information organizations to receive $7.1 million in grants from KDHE

12/14/2012 5:32 PM

12/14/2012 5:34 PM

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has awarded $7.1 million to two health information organizations in the state, the department announced Friday.

The performance-based grants will go to the Kansas Health Information Network and the Lewis and Clark Information Exchange.

The grants come from funds provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services office and are to be used to improve electronic health records that can be shared among providers throughout the state.

How much money each organization will receive hasn’t been determined, said Michael McPherson, health information exchange project manager for the KDHE.

He said funding will be based in part on how many providers and hospitals each organization is able to sign up between now and Sept. 30.

Laura McCrary, KHIN executive director, said that organization will use the grant primarily to fund the technological infrastructure and interfaces connecting providers.

A small portion will go toward some project management positions and operating costs.

In Kansas, more than 3,400 individual providers and about 65 hospitals have enrolled with one of the organizations, according to a news release from the KDHE.

KHIN, a nonprofit, provider-led exchange, was formed by the Kansas Medical Society and the Kansas Hospital Association and covers the entire state. The Wichita Health Information Exchange, which includes Via Christi Health and Wesley Medical Center, is part of the network.

LACIE is a nonprofit network that also operates in Missouri.

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