eMDs is First EHR to Connect to Kansas Infectious Disease Registry
AUSTIN, Texas & TOPEKA, Kansas
Thu, 2014/12/18 - 2:00am

Company’s EHR Data to Help Kansas Healthcare Providers Achieve MU2 and Improve Care.

AUSTIN, Texas & TOPEKA, Kansas – December 18, 2014 – eMDs, a leading provider of electronic health records (EHRs) and practice management (PM) solutions and Kansas Health Information Network Inc. (KHIN), a health information exchange organization (HIO), today announced that eMDs’ electronic health records (EHR) technology is the first to exchange provider data directly with the newly-created Kansas infectious disease registry. This new capability assists the 31 Kansas healthcare organizations using eMDs’ EHR with meeting their Meaningful Use 2 (MU2) requirements. It also brings significant benefits to patients.

“Sharing and having timely access to information about infectious diseases is critical to containing it,” said Patrick Hall, EVP Business Development for eMDs. “While automating the reporting process helps physicians meet MU2 requirements, the connection to KHIN is bigger than that. It’s about improving the care and clinical outcomes for patients in Kansas by diagnosing infectious diseases sooner. We are proud to be the first EHR solution to connect to the registry.”

The state of Kansas is known for operating one of the country’s longest-running and most successful health information exchanges (HIEs). KHIN has filled the basic and critical need for care providers to electronically exchange and obtain health information such as what medications or procedures their patients have received in other facilities. This allows physician teams to provide safer care to their patients in a more efficient and effective manner.

“Connecting to a new public health registry is a significant accomplishment, both technically and from a population health perspective. Having the diagnosis available in real time provides the ability to identify and monitor disease outbreaks much more quickly,” said Laura McCrary Ed.D, Executive Director for Kansas Health Information Network, Inc. “The direct connection to eMDs’ EHR clinical data enables improved patient safety and care in Kansas as disease outbreaks are now monitored more effectively, efficiently and proactively.”

KHIN works directly with EHR vendors to transport clinical data from Kansas health care providers directly to the Kansas public health databases, including the immunization registry, cancer registry, infectious disease registry, syndromic surveillance registry and electronic lab reporting for reportable diseases.

“eMDs has done an amazing job. They have been flexible and willing to work through all the complexity that comes along with creating a new registry,” said McCrary. “We are very pleased with our relationship and the cooperative and collaborative outcome.”

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About eMDs

eMDs is a leading developer of integrated electronic health records and practice management software for physician practices and enterprises. Founded and actively managed by physicians, the company is an industry leader for usable, connected software that enables physician productivity and a superior clinical experience. eMDs software has received continual top rankings in physician and industry surveys including those conducted by the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Family Practice Management, KLAS®, AmericanEHR™ Partners, MedScape®, and Black Book®. eMDs has a proven track record of positioning clients for success as demonstrated by Meaningful Use attainment every year since 2011. According to data provided by CMS, eMDs clients are attesting in the top proportion of all major vendors. For more information, please visit http://www.e-mds.com, http://www.facebook.com/emdsehr/, and https://twitter.com/emds.

About KHIN

The Kansas Health Information Network, Inc. (KHIN) is a Kansas not for profit organization with founding members that include the Kansas Medical Society and the Kansas Hospital Association. KHIN provides health information exchange services, including DIRECT messaging and query based exchange. KHIN also provides all Kansas patients a personal health record at no cost and KHIN serves as the transport layer for the Kansas public health registries. KHIN has over 950 member organizations representing hospitals, clinics, federally qualified health centers, community mental health centers, substance abuse providers and others. For more information regarding KHIN, please go to the KHIN website at http://www.khinonline.org.

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