Grant to be used to make web-based record system for patients

Feb 05, 2007 By Sarah Vos HERALD-LEADER STAFF WRITER

Kentucky will attempt to transport the health industry into the electronic age with a $4.9 million federal grant.

The two-year grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will allow the state to create a web-based portal where doctors can find information about patients, like what tests they’ve had, their diagnoses and their prescriptions.

Making electronic information available will save money and promote better medical care, said Trudi Matthews, a senior policy analyst at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. She says the new system will reduce duplicate testing and allow doctors to know the results of previous tests, instead of relying on patients’ memories.

“We expect that we’re going to make a major advance in bringing lower cost, high-quality health care to Kentucky families,” said Matthews.

The new system will be called the Kentucky Health Information Partnership or K-HIP for short.

The state will not create a database itself but draw from already existing databases, from insurance companies and others. Already enough insurance companies have tentatively agreed to participate that, when combined with Medicaid’s patients, half of Kentuckians will be covered by the databases, Matthews said.

From the Lexington Herald-Leader: http://www.kentucky.com

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