The Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) today unveiled a new tool to help patients access their personal medical records and information via the iInternet. The project, a patient portal called myhealthnow, was previewed during KHIE’s annual eHealth Summit in Louisville.

KHIE contracted with NoMoreClipboard to develop myhealthnow, an online resource where patients can access and store medical records and personal health information. The project is currently in the pilot phase with numerous health care facilities across the state and will be available to the public for use later this year. More information can be found on the program’s website

“We are very excited about the launch of our patient portal and we truly feel this will allow the individual to play a larger role in their care,” said Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes. “Improving consumer engagement is integral to our work in building a statewide health information exchange, because we’re working to not only improve record-keeping, but to provide better care.”

myhealthnow provides numerous benefits for consumers, including:

- A central place for Kentucky patients to access, aggregate, manage and share health information for themselves and their family members.

- Online security and easy access to information. Existing electronic health information will be sent securely to portal users, enabling them to easily access health data.

- Ease and accuracy. The portal will contain accurate and up-to-date records for medications, allergies, health conditions, lab results and other critical health data – improving communication and coordination of care and reducing errors and unnecessary cost and service duplication.

“As patients gain visibility to their health information and the user-friendly tools embedded in the patient portal, they will be more likely to take an active role in managing their health and wellness,” said Polly Mullins-Bentley, KHIE’s deputy executive director. “Research with users of this portal show increased likelihood to take a role in health management, to build knowledge and confidence, and to maintain healthy behaviors.”

As part of the kyhealthnow initiative, the Ccommonwealth has set aggressive goals for 2019 designed to improve the health and wellness of Kentucky’s children, families and workforce. These goals range from reducing rates of obesity and smoking to reducing cardiovascular, cancer and drug overdose deaths.

“Central to helping Kentucky achieve these objectives is increased patient engagement,” said Mary Gaetz, KHIE Patient Engagement Coordinator. “Many of these goals require individuals and their families to take an active role in managing their health, and their health information.”

Health care facilities participating in the pilot include Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center in Leitchfield, Lexington OB-GYN Associates, Logan Family Practice in Russellville, Edwards Clinic in Manchester, and Freeman Family Practice in Corbin.

Once the portal is deployed in late 2014, patients and providers will be able to exchange electronic health information. Providers will simply log on to the site, register their patients for an account and provide patients with a secure member access code. Patients will then visit the site, enter the code and set up their portal accounts. When both parties are connected via the portal, they can begin securely exchanging health information.

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.

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