HIE Participant FAQ

The Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) is a statewide exchange operating for nearly a decade now to connect physicians and hospitals, supporting the ability to share near real-time patient information while employing powerful analytic reports designed to help improve clinical outcomes, reduce inefficiencies, and positively impact patient safety.

What is Health Information Exchange (HIE)?

HIE is the electronic exchange of clinical information among health care organizations. This exchange of patient clinical data allows physicians, nurses, and other health care providers to securely and efficiently access patients' health records.

Why is health information exchange important?

HIE allows health care providers to quickly access their patients' data across disparate health care systems, reducing treatment delays and enhancing clinical decision making. Additionally, HIE improves patient care coordination and transitions of care by allowing health care professionals to access their patients' most recent test results, procedures, diagnosis, medications, allergies and more.

What patient data comes into an HIE?

Patient data received by the HIE may include: a list of facilities where the patient was seen, admit and discharge dates, lab results, procedures and diagnoses, current and past medications, allergies, chief complaint, visit notes, operation notes and the patients' primary care providers.

Does KHIN connect with other HIEs?

KHIN connects with other HIEs in Kansas and across the nation. KHIN also connects with public health agencies, federal agencies such as the Veteran's Administration, national lab companies and prescription monitoring programs.

How does KHIN help our state connect for better care?

Physicians and other clinicians can securely share critical patient information at the point of care, supporting improved care quality and better patient health outcomes. Patients can easily view their medical information from participating providers on one secure patient portal. Physicians and other clinicians can more easily meet quality reporting obligations under the emerging performance- and value-based payment systems being adopted by federal and commercial health plans.

Who is in charge of KHIN?

KHIN began its initial startup in the spring of 2010 with a physician-led Board of Directors appointed by the Kansas Medical Society. The board developed foundational policies and procedures to support the HIE infrastructure. The diverse advisory committee includes health care providers, health care facilities, government, consumers, payers, and other stakeholders. KHIN controls access to and use of all exchange data, all subject to applicable Kansas law and federal law, including HIPAA.

Who participates in KHIN?

Patients receive care from many types of clinicians, so KHIN encourages physicians, nurses, psychologists, and other health professionals to participate. Patients receive care in many locations, so KHIN encourages physician offices, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, behavioral health facilities, federally-qualified health centers (FQHC), and other sites to participate in the exchange.

Do patients have to participate in KHIN? Is there a fee?

Patients can choose to opt out of including their personal health information in KHIN. There is no charge for patients to participate in KHIN.

For patients who authenticate their KHIN information for access to the patient portal outside of a participating medical facility, there is a nominal one-time charge from the KHIN help desk. There is no charge for patients who authenticate at a participating provider's office or facility.

How can I exchange health information in Kansas?

To receive more information regarding the exchange of health information in Kansas please contact KHIN at 877.520.5448.