Published on June 15, 2012

Owensboro Health Teams with Statewide Health Information Network

Connection with KHIE will allow health information to be shared statewide, nationally

Owensboro, KY (June 15, 2012) – Owensboro Health has completed a significant milestone to connect its clinics and hospital with healthcare providers across the state and nation utilizing electronic medical records.

On June 8, Owensboro Health signed an agreement with the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE, pronounced kay-hi), an organization providing common, secure electronic information infrastructure for healthcare providers utilizing certified electronic health record technology. 

For more than 20 Owensboro Health clinics and the hospital, the KHIE connectivity launches the next step in the comprehensive management of health information. For Owensboro Health, the process will begin with an immunization registry. The portal will expand to allow healthcare providers—such as labs, hospitals and physician practices—to access a patient’s consolidated healthcare history, including tests and diagnoses.

“Connecting with KHIE means that valuable health information will be available when and where it is needed by healthcare providers,” said Shanda Bland, director for OneChart, an electronic medical record solution Owensboro Health is making available to area physician practices. “Having healthcare information more readily accessible will improve coordination of care, too.”   

“KHIE offers us a unique opportunity to change the face of health care for our patients,” Bland said. “Having timely access to and retrieval of a patient’s medical history enables doctors to make more informed clinical decisions that will lead to improved patient health outcomes.” 

The core components of KHIE include: a master patient/person index; record locator service; security; provider/user authentication; logging and audits; and clinical messages and alerts. The system supports e-prescribing, patient demographics, lab order entry and results, radiology and transcription reports, past medical diagnoses, dates of services and hospital stays. It also offers the capability to communicate reportable diseases and provides for access to the statewide immunization registry.

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 200 providers at more than 20 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a surgical weight loss center and program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have 16,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 24,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 200 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 70,000 Emergency Department visits, more than a million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.