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Solving a State's Interop Challenge, Differently

   August 16, 2016

How the South Carolina Medical Association and the Medical Association of Georgia plan to leverage the health information exchange built by the state of Kansas.

State health information exchanges continue to fall short of their potential to make exchanging medical records more like a utility and less like a computer science problem.

Despite recent HIE discord in neighboring Missouri, Kansas's HIE has not only thrived, it is exporting the technology to other states, notably Georgia and most recently South Carolina.

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Most interestingly, the move, both in Kansas and in Georgia and South Carolina, is spearheaded by medical associations.

The original Kansas HIE formed after the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 through a partnership between the Kansas Medical Society and the Kansas Hospital Association.

KaMMCO Health Solutions, which operates the Kansas HIE and is supplying technology to providers in Georgia and South Carolina and potentially in other states as well.

And in an added twist, KaMMCO Health Solutions itself is a subsidiary of the Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance company (KaMMCO), a provider of medical malpractice insurance.

Laura McCrary is senior vice president of KaMMCO Health Solutions. Malpractice insurance companies aren't typically thought of as technology innovators, but in this case, McCrary says more and more malpractice insurers understand the importance of providers being able to have good quality complete medical information at the point of care.


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Scott Mace is the former senior technology editor for HealthLeaders Media. He is now the senior editor, custom content at H3.Group.

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