Yesterday, Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS) announced that it has been awarded a contract that will help improve the quality of healthcare in Kentucky by providing physicians with a more complete picture of a patient’s medical history. The three-year contract is worth $4.5 million.
The contract calls for ACS to develop and maintain the initial phases of the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE), a system that will allow electronic medical data to be exchanged between hospitals, health care practitioners and the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services. The system will connect healthcare providers by providing instantaneous access to items such as laboratory and image reports, medication histories, allergy histories, past medical diagnoses, hospital stays and immunizations.
“The use of the KHIE will promote continuity of care and facilitate communication and exchange of critical health information between the patient’s primary care provider and other health care providers, ” said Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear.
“ACS has the tools to create a 21st century high-performance healthcare system, ” said Christopher Deelsnyder, senior vice president and managing director, ACS Government Healthcare Solutions. “ACS’ approach to the Commonwealth’s Health Information Exchange will transform healthcare by improving patient outcomes, eliminating administrative burdens and lowering the cost of care.”