Bringing resolution to a much needed issue for health data sharing in the Midwest, Missouri Health Connection (MHC) and the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) [and its subsidiary KAMMCO Health Solutions (KHS) dba SHINE] executed a comprehensive data sharing agreement effective August 12, 2019. MHC and KHIN are generally considered to be two of the largest health information exchanges in the nation and a data exchange relationship between both is an eminent sign of success for the health care providers in Missouri, Kansas and their contiguous states. This partnership will serve over 20 million combined patients across Kansas, Missouri and the Midwest to help ensure that health care providers connected to either MHC or KHIN will have access to a comprehensive health record that includes data aggregated from both health information exchanges. The seamless transfer of patients’ health records across the combined MHC and KHIN electronic health information exchange networks supports health care providers, health plans and other health care stakeholders in reducing treatment delays, duplicative testing and procedures, enhancing clinical decision making, and improving care coordination. This is accomplished using a private and secure technology that produces a longitudinal electronic medical record that is electronically updated and provided in real-time.
MHC touts the importance of this collaboration and commitment as an “epic win for Missouri, Kansas and the Midwest,” said Angie Bass, MHA, President & Chief Executive Officer of MHC. Bass continues by saying, “Data sharing between MHC and KHIN dramatically increases the value of health information exchange to our health care customers. Making a connection to each other was a sound way for MHC and KHIN to demonstrate our commitment to serving the health care providers in our respective networks. We are more than thrilled to have KHIN as a partner and collaborator.”
Laura McCrary, Ed.D, Executive Director, KHIN and President and Chief Executive Officer of KHS commends the effort to connect, “It is an honor to partner with MHC on such an important project that has the potential to improve the safety of medical care in our respective states. In the near future, patients who travel between Missouri and Kansas can rely on the fact that their electronic health information will be available to their health care providers. Patients’ medical records will be electronically available to their physicians and other health care providers any time of day. This is critically important as there are times a patient may not be able to communicate all of their health history to their physician or hospitalist in an emergency. The connection of the KHIN and MHC networks solves many challenges with the exchanging of electronic health data today.”
MHC and KHIN attribute much of their success to the commitment of their longstanding participating members. These members contribute to the robust networks that are in place and are now getting connected. Participants of MHC and KHIN continue to drive the ever-increasing value of health information exchange forward. Collaborations like this data exchange commitment between MHC and KHIN, are differentiators for the delivery of quality health care in the Missouri, Kansas and the Midwest.
MHC provides the technological infrastructure to connect health care providers with their patients by implementing Missouri’s only secure, state-wide health information network. With more than 75 hospitals, hundreds of clinics and 14 community health centers, MHC’s network of participants delivers more than half of the in-patient care provided in Missouri. The MHC network also enables more than 7,000 physicians to quickly and securely access patient health records to improve care. The connectivity services provided by MHC are designed to support all health care provider organizations, from the largest multi-hospital health system to a solo physician practice. Coordinating care, reducing preventable errors, and avoiding treatment duplication are among MHC’s primary goals. MHC’s network improves patient care and helps save lives in emergencies by securely delivering more comprehensive and accurate information at the point of care, or wherever it is needed. MHC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and is governed by a private board of directors. For information, visit www.missourihealthconnection.org.
About Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN)
KHIN focuses upon the improvement of health care quality, coordination and efficiency through the exchange of health information. KHIN connects over 125 hospitals, 74% of Kansas physician practices, all of the federally qualified health centers and many other pharmacies, home health providers, health plans and long-term care facilities together to share data. KHIN is a provider-led, not for profit. Its goals are to ensure providers, patients and communities have long-term access to cost effective, sustainable health information exchange. KHIN encourages and removes barriers so health care providers can focus on quality improvement, patient centered medical home and entrepreneurial strategies that effect local health outcomes. For more information, visit www.khinonline.org.
About KAMMCO Health Solutions dba SHINE of Missouri
SHINE of Missouri is a physician-led health information exchange delivered in partnership with the Missouri State Medical Association (MSMA). SHINE offers a suite of health information technology tools to help health professionals share patient information while employing powerful analytic reports designed to help improve clinical outcomes, reduce inefficiencies, and positively impact patient safety. For more information visit www.shineofmissouri.com. KAMMCO Health Solutions also provides health information exchange and analytics services in Connecticut, New Jersey, Georgia, South Carolina and Louisiana.