Health information exchanges (HIEs) across the nation face a multitude of challenges. Among the most significant is the absence of the physician voice in the design and development of the exchange. In Kansas, the Kansas Medical Society collaborated with a number of organizations to include KAMMCO to develop a physician-led health information network model, known as KHIN, which is considered one of the most successful models in the country.
KAMMCO is now assisting medical societies and healthcare organizations across the nation replicate the model that KHIN and the physicians in Kansas have implemented. KAMMCO advocates strongly for physicians to take stewardship of their patients' data and to be responsible and accountable for its use and management. Only through the creation and implementation of a physician-led network is this possible.
The KAMMCO physician-led health information exchange model:
- Relies upon a proven technology infrastructure necessary for a sustainable health information exchange.
- Provides expertise and support on governance-related decisions and policies.
- Serves as an innovative data sharing utility connecting disparate EMRs in physician practices, hospitals, behavioral health, public health, labs and EMS in order to provide the healthcare provider community a longitudinal clinical patient record at the point of care.
- Delivers analytic dashboards generated from the health information exchange that provide near real-time clinical information presented in an easy-to-use web-based platform. See Analytics Dashboards for details.
- Presents actionable business intelligence solutions to enhance workflow, improve clinical care, reduce time spent requesting and searching for patient medical record, and support the assessment of health interventions on health outcomes.
- Certified eClinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) for MIPS, APMs, HEDIS and Pay for Performance Contracts.
- Includes an enhanced ONC certified personal health record, populated by the health information exchange, for patient engagement, information sharing and health education.
- Offers an NCQA and CMS approved Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR).
The model developed and operating in Kansas provides the technology design necessary to build a sustainable health information exchange in other states and the KAMMCO team provides the integration, training and advisory commitee support to govern the exchange. Organizations can choose to assume management of the exchange or contract with KAMMCO for ongoing management and maintenance.