The Kentucky e-Health Network Board will hold its first meeting Nov. 7, 2005, marking the beginning of the board’s efforts to improve Kentucky’s health care system through improved utilization of information technology.
“Information technology offers great opportunities to improve health outcomes and efficiency. The board will be at the forefront of Kentucky’s efforts to take advantage of these opportunities.”
- Gov. Ernie Fletcher
The board, which is composed of 22 leaders in health care, government, academia and business, will hold its first meeting from 8 to 10 a.m. on Nov. 7 in room 110 of the Capitol. The meeting is open to the public.
“Establishing an e-Health network is an exciting and crucial step in improving the lives of Kentuckians,” said Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who signed legislation creating the e-Health Network Board on March 8. “Information technology offers great opportunities to improve health outcomes and efficiency. The board will be at the forefront of Kentucky’s efforts to take advantage of these opportunities.”
Created to implement and oversee a statewide electronic health network, the e-Health board was appointed by Gov. Fletcher after the 2005 General Assembly passed legislation that laid the groundwork for the development of an e-Health Network in the commonwealth.
The legislation, known as Senate Bill 2, also created the Kentucky Health Care Infrastructure Authority. The University of Kentucky and University of Louisville will comprise the authority, which is tasked with improving quality and lowering costs in Kentucky’s health care system.
The goal of Kentucky’s e-Health efforts is to use health information technology to improve the state’s system of health care delivery and administration. Such a system could improve patient privacy, reduce medical errors, lower administrative costs and help make electronic medical records available to more Kentuckians. The effort positions Kentucky to meet the goal set forth by President Bush for most Americans to have electronic medical records by 2014.
The board consists of nine at-large members appointed by the governor and 13 other members who serve by virtue of their position in the General Assembly, the administration, the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville.
Further information about the e-Health Network and its board members may be found at www.chfs.ky.gov/ehealth. Additional information may also be found in the September 2005 issue of Techlines.
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