Bernie and I attended the Kentucky eHealth Summit this week in Bowling Green. Kentucky is doing an amazing job on some fronts, and not so good on other fronts. According to Audrey Hanes, Kentucky’s Secretary, Cabinet for Health and Human Services , Kentucky has work to do to improve its health rankings. Did you know that Kentucky ranks 50th in % of citizens who smoke, making them almost the worst in the nation, and ranked #43 for sedentary lifestyle, and #40 for obesity. Check out America’s Health Rankings.
That said, Secretary Hanes says Kentucky is committed to improving it’s health ranking through collaboration , retooling and working together. She reports that Kentucky is the only southern state that has completely implemented the Affordable Care Act. Likewise the state has made great strides in leveraging information technology to improve the health of its citizens. Utilization of the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) has continued to grow, with over 400 health care providers/facilities participating, up from 80 a year ago. On the meaningful use front, Kentucky has exceeded its targets for registering providers and hospitals.
Speaking of meaningful use, Judy Murphy, Deputy National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), talked about how meaningful use is aimed at changing the health of the nation. Of particular interest to me, was her discussion about increasing patient engagement as a means to improve health. She coined it as putting the “I” in HIT. A patient who is a participant in their health care, rather than merely a recipient, is more likely to have positive outcomes LINK? I’m pleased to report that the new software application we are launching for tracking and monitoring patient home glucose values does just that, so IWT is on the right track in supporting this national initiative.
And now a homework assignment for you…. At the end of your next doctor appointment, ask your provider for an electronic copy of your health information, and see how they respond. More on this in a future post;)
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