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Bowling Green to Host Annual eHealth Summit

Friday, 09 13, 2013

Media Contact: Jill Midkiff or Gwenda Bond (502) 564-6786

Leaders from Around the State Will Gather to Discuss Health IT 
 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2013)—Leaders in business, technology, health care, academia and government will gather in Bowling Green Sept. 17 for Kentucky’s annual e-Health summit, which brings together parties invested in advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) in Kentucky. The event will be held at the Sloan Convention Center, 1021 Wilkinson Trace, Bowling Green.
 
Sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Electronic Health Information (GOEHI), the event draws hundreds from around the state who come to present ideas and listen to state and national leaders speak about new initiatives in Health Information Technology (HIT). Noted speakers include Judy Murphy, deputy of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes.
 
Leaders from KHIE, the Kentucky Department for Public Health, the Department for Medicaid Services, the Department for Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities, University of Kentucky Health Care, and the Kentucky Health Benefits Exchange will also speak.
 
“Health Information Technology has the potential to dramatically improve care,” said Secretary Haynes. “From reducing errors in medical record keeping to improved efficiency, a viable health information network is absolutely vital to the critical work of strengthening the American health care system. Kentucky is leading the way.”
 
The summit gives participants the opportunity to discuss the progress, opportunities and challenges facing Kentucky as the state works to develop and implement KHIE.
 
Topics of discussion in the morning will include a fireside chat on health IT and communicating for patient-centered care. Afternoon breakout sessions will include consumers and HIT; meaningful use problem solving; health IT education and workforce development; HIE privacy and security; and a reverse trade show featuring a variety of HIT vendors.
 
“This summit helps bring the right people together to make our vision a reality,” said Polly Mullins-Bentley, executive director of the GOEHI. “KHIE is already providing interoperability between physicians, hospitals, pharmacies and laboratories throughout the state – and we continue to grow. We hope all interested parties – whether you are already involved with KHIE or completely new to the program – will join us at this year’s summit to learn about the exciting things in store for Health IT in Kentucky.”
 
For more information about the annual eHealth Summit or to learn more about on KHIE or the Electronic Health Records incentive program, including how to connect, visit: http://khie.ky.gov/Pages/index.aspx.
 
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The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state's human services and health care programs, including Medicaid, the Department for Community Based Services and the Department for Public Health. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full and part-time employees throughout the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.