KY-CHILD Wins National Award
The American Council for Technology recently presented its 2007 ACT Intergovernmental Solutions Awards and a Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) project was among the recipients. The KY-CHILD (Kentucky – Certificate of Birth, Hearing, Immunization and Lab Data) project received one of only four awards presented in the State and Local Government category. The awards were presented in conjunction with the 27th annual Management of Change Conference in Richmond, Virginia in early June.
The awards are given to recognize the best technological efforts being made in federal, state and local governments, and were based on five criteria:
- Technology leadership;
- Intergovernmental collaboration;
- Business transformation;
- Impact and result; and
- Ability to be replicated and transferred.
More than 100 nominations were received for the awards and each provided an example of the outstanding progress being made at all levels of government. A committee of government and industry IT professionals selected finalists.
KY-CHILD is a Web-based application that automates the collection of health and human services data pertaining to the birth of a newborn. The application allows for electronic collection and submission of data related to Certificate of Live Birth, Certificate of Still Birth, newborn metabolic and hearing screenings required at birth and will provide the initial data feed for a statewide Immunization Registry. The application is used statewide by 1,900 staff in all Kentucky birthing facilities as well as several programmatic areas within CHFS. The system was developed by the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the CHFS Office of Information Technology.
Prior to the implementation of KY-CHILD, data about Kentucky's newborns was being collected through multiple manual processes and disparate information systems in hospitals and birthing facilities. A solution was needed to eliminate redundant data entry, reduce errors and improve timeliness of data processing. KY-CHILD was developed to accommodate diverse data collection requirements, transmit data securely to appropriate systems and assist in streamlining the business processes.
KY-CHILD provides a single, integrated application to manage all the critical data collection events associated with the birth of a newborn child and provides a single point of entry. It also provides ad-hoc intelligent reporting capabilities for statistical analysis of data collected and fulfills state and federal public health reporting requirements. Automatic data collection and transmission has improved both the quality and accuracy of data collected as well as the timeliness of data submission.
Overall, the Kentucky's award-winning KY-CHILD system has improved both the efficiency and effectiveness of Kentucky's efforts to track its newborns.