KCMPA Focus: Clinical Integration
KCMPA contracts with the Cerner Corporation to develop a Data Network allowing clinical data to be shared seamlessly across KCMPA practices. The advanced communication system will allow physicians and case managers to have ready access to up-to-date information on their patients to provide patient-centered, cost-effective care and the measurement of quality across all practices in the IPA.  This type of data sharing is critical for clinically integrated organizations.  These networks are in their infancy, and KCMPA is well ahead of other physician organizations in developing a Data Network.

What is the Data Network?
KCMPA’s Data Network provides physicians with quick, reliable access to patient health records from different EHR systems when and where it is needed, regardless of where the care is provided.  The capabilities of each EHR system impacts how the Data Network is utilized in each KCMPA practice; whether queries can be performed inside the EHR or through a separate portal.  Data available will become more robust as EMR systems become interoperable; therefore, the KCMPA Data Network is a longer-term project.

KCMPA practices query for patient data within a continuity of care document (a standard set of data). All health data is behind the firewall of the practice delivering care. KCMPA practices can query for patients if the patient is registered in their practice management system. KCMPA practices can perform patient queries to other KCMPA practices, Regional and State Health Information Exchanges; most immediately, the Lewis and Clark Information Exchange (LACIE). The KCMPA/LACIE connection is live.

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What types of health information is shared among providers?

  • Demographics
  • Immunizations
  • Medications
  • Allergies to medications and other allergens
  • Laboratory and radiology results
  • Diagnoses
  • Emergency department and other visits to health care providers
  • Discharge summaries and provider reports

What are the benefits of the Data Network?

  • Provides your physicians and clinical staff with immediate access to important patient health information that is necessary for quality care. This improves the physicians’ and caregivers’ ability to provide timely and effective care with more accurate, up-to-date clinical information.
  • Better response in an emergency situation by providing the clinical information needed in a quick and effective manner.
  • Since your providers and clinical staff have access to previous tests and results, it reduces the need for duplication of tests and treatment. This not only saves time but also reduces costs.
  • Provides your physicians and clinical staff with health information that could help reduce dangerous medication errors and interactions.

What are Results Connections?

Results Exchange (data pushed to KCMPA provider) – KCMPA practices may also develop results connections to exchange data.  Results can come in the form of lab/pathology reports, radiology notes, admit/discharge/transfer notices from an acute facility or other clinical documentation. Those results will flow to the KCMPA provider’s inbox inside of their unique EHR. The physician will have the option to accept or decline the results. If accepted, they will flow into the KCMPA provider’s electronic health record. This exchange of information promises to decrease unnecessary tests, and ensure the physician always has the most up-to-date information on patients, regardless of where the patient is within the care system.  Results connections are one to one connections, not a network; so a separate connection must be developed with each practice.  KCMPA is encouraging hospitals to develop results connections with KCMPA practices as a way to improve data exchange until the Data Network and LACIE mature.