Post Rock to join KHIE

March 1, 2013 | Alerts, News, Uncategorized | By: Zach Muhrer | Tags: , , , , , ,

Post Rock will soon be a part of the Kansas Health Information Exchange (KHIE).  This program will provide a smoother flow of information between medical providers regarding patient information.  This is a new program and Post Rock is excited to be on the cutting edge for medical clinics.  KHIE will run the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) which will be a virtual file share of medical information.  Much like protected information can be shared between Post Rocks offices, patient information will be securely stored and available to other Kansas participants.

The intent of this program is to further develop patient care in a way that promotes prompt, efficient, and exact exchange of information from one medical provider to another. This network is very new and is just moving out of the development stages to be implemented at a few clinics and at some of the larger medical facilities in Kansas City, Wichita, Topeka, and of course, Rooks County!

We are proud to be a part of this new technology and look to utilize every way to make care for our patients the best it can be, regardless of potential cost.

We understand that some of you may have questions about the program.  You can call us to ask about KHIN and KHIE or you can check out www.khie.org.

Our Notice of Privacy Practices has also changed as a result of these updates.  Please know that your information will become a part of the state network automatically.  If you do not wish this to be the case, then you must visit the KHIE website to exclude yourself.

          Updated Privacy Information          

As explained above, health care providers and health plans may use and disclose your health information without your written authorization for purposes of treatment, payment, and health care operations.  Until now, providers and health plans have exchanged this information directly by hand-delivery, mail, facsimile, or e-mail.  This process is time consuming, expensive, not secure, and often unreliable.

Electronic health information exchange, or HIE, changes this process.  New technology allows a provider or a health plan to submit a single request through a health information organization, or HIO, to obtain electronic records for a specific patient from other HIE participants.

An organization known as the Kansas Health Information Exchange, or KHIE, regulates HIOs operating in Kansas.  Only properly authorized individuals may access information through an HIO operating in Kansas, and only for purposes of treatment, payment, or health care operations. 

Under Kansas law, you have the right to decide whether providers and health plans can access your health information through an HIO.  You have two choices.  First, you can permit authorized individuals to access your electronic health information through an HIO for treatment, payment, or health care operations only.  If you choose this option, you do not have to do anything. 

Second, you can restrict access to all of your electronic health information through any HIO operating in Kansas with the exception of access by properly authorized individuals as needed to report specific information as required by law (for example, reporting of certain communicable diseases or suspected incidents of abuse). 

If you wish to restrict access, you must complete and submit the required form to KHIE.  You must provide specific information needed to put your requested restrictions in place.  The form is available at http://www.khie.org.  You cannot request restrictions on access to certain information and permit access to all other information; your choice is to permit access to all of your information or restrict access to all of your information.   

For your protection, each request is subject to verification procedures which may take several days to complete.  Your failure to provide all information on the required form may result in additional delay. 

Once your request has been processed, your electronic health information no longer will be available through HIOs operating in Kansas except for mandatory reporting requirements.  You may change your mind at any time and permit access by submitting another request to KHIE.