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October 13, 2009

ACS bags $4.5m contract to develop Kentucky Health Information Exchange

To allow exchange of electronic medical data between hospitals and healthcare providers

By CBR Staff Writer

Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), has won a contract to develop and maintain the initial phases of the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE), a system that will allow electronic medical data to be exchanged between hospitals, health care practitioners and the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services. The three-year contract is valued at $4.5m.

According to the company, the system will connect healthcare providers by providing instantaneous access to items such as laboratory and image reports, medication histories, allergy histories, past medical diagnoses, hospital stays and immunisations.

Steve Beshear, Governor of Kentucky, said: The use of the KHIE will promote continuity of care and facilitate communication and exchange of critical health information between the patient’s primary care provider and other health care providers.”

The company claims that its healthcare system will support the entire span of the healthcare ecosystem, adding value for providers, payers and government agencies.

Christopher Deelsnyder, senior vice president and managing director, ACS government healthcare solutions, said: ACS’ approach to the Commonwealth’s Health Information Exchange will transform healthcare by improving patient outcomes, eliminating administrative burdens and lowering the cost of care.

The kick-off launch of KHIE was conducted with stakeholders on October 2 for the pilot project which is funded through a Medicaid Transformation Grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which will support the initial phases of development of KHIE and its pilot implementation.

The state will seek American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for statewide expansion.

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