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April 2019
KHIN Membership Call - Save the Date
Thank you for being a valued KHIN member. Mark your calendar for the next KHIN membership call scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 12:00 P.M.

KHIN members will receive the membership call registration link and agenda via email two weeks prior to the call.
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KHIN User Access: Easy As 1-2-3
KHIN memberships are structured in a way that encourage usage (patient queries) by as much of the participating facility’s healthcare team as appropriate. Members have expressed barriers with regard to HIE usage that often start with ability to access the HIE. Establishing HIE access for authorized users in a participating facility is as easy as 1 -2-3. 

Each participating KHIN facility has a designated point of contact who is tasked with managing/authorizing users’ HIE access. This includes maintaining an authorized user access list for the facility. If you do not have access to KHIN, but believe you should, please seek out this individual at your facility to get the process started. 

It is not unusual for KHIN members to experience staff turnover. This can result in a two-fold issue – abandoned accounts which need closed and new hires who go through new hire orientation but KHIN user account access and training may not be part of the onboarding process. There is a simple process we recommend to keep the user access form up to date:

  1. First, consider adding KHIN user account set-up as a part of your facility's new hire process
  2. Second, update the KHIN user access form by adding the new employee and removing the exited employee.
  3. Third, submit the updated KHIN user access form to the KHIN Help Desk. (Submittal directions are right on the form.)

Another barrier to HIE usage is a bit more complicated and often stems from a lack of awareness related to a facility’s KHIN membership status. Many times the organizational structure of KHIN members can be complicated – connected clinics, outpatient facilities, etc. Depending upon how the KHIN membership is set up, it is not unusual for us to learn connected facilities are not aware they too could be accessing KHIN as a result of the parent organization membership. In such scenarios, it is important for staff at the included locations be made aware of the KHIN membership status and for them to receive initial user training. To check on your facility’s KHIN membership status, contact
HIE Workflow Specialist Added to KHIN Staff
The Kansas Health Information Network has added Rhonda Spellmeier to its customer-service focused team as an HIE Workflow Specialist. 

Spellmeier support clinics, hospitals, behavioral health and other healthcare providers with key workflow and process considerations necessary for successful utilization of health information exchange, population health tools or other health information technology. She will be available to assist KHIN members on-site to utilize patient data to improve quality of care, improve processes, and decrease duplication of services. 

Spellmeier can deliver education regarding KHIN’s capabilities because she’s been there and done that, so to speak. Most recently, she spent four years as the Director of Nursing and Lead Clinical Analyst at the Sabetha Community Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital. Spellmeier has developed and implemented information technology strategies and assisted with clinical information technology operations, leading a virtual team of professionals and coordinating the upgrade, optimization, and maintenance of EHR systems.

She earned a Master in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from Baker University, Baldwin, KS., and has been working in the healthcare profession for more than 20 years.

Spellmeier can be reached by email, or by phone, 785.231.1343.
CMS Interoperability & Patient Access to Health Data Push Aligns with my KSHealtheRecords
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and CMS Administrator Seema Verma recently announced proposed policy changes encouraging improved patient access, and advance electronic data exchange and care coordination throughout the healthcare system. The Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) and its patient portal my KSHealtheRecords already delivers simple, secure access by medical personnel or individuals to health records in one place, any time.

The  my KSHealtheRecords  portal is a smart way to manage medical information: it's all in one place online – giving patients one location to keep records on everything from medications and allergies to previous illnesses and injuries.

Patient information can be updated, organized and accessed through  my KSHealtheRecords  using a computer, tablet or smartphone. Information can be shared with trusted healthcare providers, offering an accurate and complete health picture while reducing medical errors and duplicate tests.
Direct Messaging - An Opportunity to Improve Care Coordination, Patient Safety, Family Empowerment, Efficiency
Meaningful care coordination and more efficient clinical workflows depend on seamless data exchange between providers, specialists, facilities, and their patients. And while it has been a struggle to achieve universally, Direct messaging is one way to offer simple, secure sharing of patient data. Trends in 2018 indicate more pronounced and broad-based growth in Direct messaging than ever before. Direct message transactions increased by 63 percent, including a 35 percent increase in patients usage.*

Direct messaging offers real-time competition with the fax machine. A recent report on interoperability progress drafted by hospital organizations, including the American Hospital Association, identified security and privacy as two critical areas to be addressed to advance interoperability. Data sharing is believed to improve care coordination, patient safety, family empowerment, efficiency and cost.

The report noted stakeholders must be able to trust that shared data is accurate, secure and used in accordance with best practices and patient expectations. The movement to “kill the fax” has been underway for some time. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma has encouraged the elimination of the use of fax machines in doctor’s offices by 2020.  

Available through the KHIN, Direct messaging is a key benefit for providers, organizations and patients. Direct messaging: 

  • Allows secure emailing of patient health information to providers and patients;
  • Reduces staff time dedicated to faxing and mailing records;
  • Provides an audit trail for medical records; and
  • Expedites communication among providers.

For more information on Direct Messaging through KHIN, visit: .

*Data released by DirectTrust, 1/23/19.
KHIN Bi-Monthly Member Call
April 23, 2019
Bi-Monthly Member Call
12:00 P.M.
Come See Us!
April 10 - 12, 2019
Kansas Medical Group Management Association
2019 Annual Spring Conference
Wichita Marriott
Wichita, KS

Josh Mosier
Manager of Client Services