Published on November 15, 2018

KASPER partners with Owensboro Health to integrate systems, share data

This release is courtesy of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Owensboro Health Marketing and Public Relations Department.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2018) – Kentucky’s renowned prescription drug monitoring program is collaborating with Owensboro Health to enhance the state’s capacity to share information with healthcare providers, allowing the delivery of timelier and more up-to-date reports on prescriptions dispensed to patients in the Commonwealth.

The Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting system (KASPER) and Owensboro Health are piloting a new program that integrates the healthcare system’s electronic record system with KASPER data. The partnership, which launched Nov. 1, dramatically expedites the time it takes to access a KASPER report, and enables simplified access to prescription reporting data.

“In the fight against opioid abuse every second matters, particularly at the point of care when providers have to make healthcare decisions quickly and accurately,” said Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Adam Meier. “The integration of KASPER and Owensboro Health’s record system puts information into the hands of providers almost immediately. This is a dramatic step forward for our program and we look forward to the integration of other healthcare systems across Kentucky, along with the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE).”

KASPER tracks controlled substance medications dispensed in the state.  Allowing practitioners simplified and timelier access to KASPER data is a key component of efforts to address substance use disorder and the opioid epidemic in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

This integration allows an authorized user to submit a request for KASPER data directly from Owensboro Health’s electronic health record system, Epic, and delivers the KASPER report directly into the patient’s medical record. 

“We are saving five to ten minutes on each KASPER query. The accuracy of the data is also significant because we now have real time updates rather than old printed reports,” said Dr. David Danhauer, Chief Medical Information Officer at Owensboro Health.  “As we move forward with several Opioid Crisis initiatives, this helps lay down the foundation for better management of patients and their long term needs. The speed and accuracy of the data helps providers more easily manage this complex problem. Our health system can now truly improve the health of our community.”

This pilot project is co-sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The project is one of three integration pilots, along with the Illinois and Utah prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), utilizing the BJA sponsored RxCheck Hub.  RxCheck provides free access to a secure data technology hub that facilitates interstate data sharing among state PDMPs, and PDMP integration with healthcare and pharmacy system partners within the states.

“I am very pleased with the success of this pilot, and the assistance of Owensboro Health as collaboration partners,” said Steve Davis, CHFS Inspector General.  “Integrating KASPER into practitioner workflows makes it easier to meet their responsibility to review KASPER data, but more importantly it helps them make more timely and appropriate controlled substance treatment decisions that are in the best interest of the patient’s health and safety.”

For more information about this project or integrating with KASPER, contact Jean Hall, KASPER Integration Project Manager at jean.hall@ky.gov.

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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 and the only hospital in the world to be designated a Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital; the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 180 providers in 30 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. For more information, visit OwensboroHealth.org.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state's human services and healthcare programs, including the Department for Medicaid Services, the Department for Community Based Services the Department for Public Health, the Department for Aging and Independent Living and the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full- and part-time employees located across the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.

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 and the only hospital in the world to be designated a Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International, Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprising over 180 providers in 25 locations, a certified medical fitness facility, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center. Owensboro Health has been recognized for outstanding care, safety and clinical excellence by The Joint Commission, U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s Hospital Review. As the largest employer west of Louisville, Owensboro Health has 4,088 employees, and in FY 2015 saw 18,380 inpatient admissions and 823,072 outpatient encounters. A committed community partner, Owensboro Health provided grants of $702,924 in the last year to health, social service, education and arts agencies across the region. For more information, visit owensborohealth.org.