Drawing Legislative Focus: Improving Patient Care through Health Information Exchange in Connecticut

Leaders from the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) have been asked by Co-Chairs of the state's General Assembly Public Health Committee to demonstrate the value realized by interoperability, specifically, how the new physician-led health information exchange (HIE), CTHealthLink, can help improve patient outcomes, eliminate inefficiencies and reduce healthcare costs. The public forum is scheduled at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 15.

"Connecticut physicians have been waiting for some time to have a functioning interoperable system, and we are eager to tell the General Assembly about CTHealthLink," said Matthew Katz, CSMS executive vice president and chief executive officer. "The new HIE may improve patient care coordination because it allows connected physicians, hospitals and other providers statewide to share patient information."

"Key to this presentation is helping legislators understand how an HIE allows healthcare providers to quickly access their patients' secure data across disparate electronic health records (EHRs), reducing treatment delays and enhancing clinical decision making," Katz said.

"CTHealthLink is delivered in partnership with CSMS and KaMMCO Health Solutions (KHS)," added Katz. "By partnering with KHS, we benefit from a proven model developed by the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN)." KHIN has over 1,500 participants able to share data on more than 5.5 million unique patients from across the nation.

Laura McCrary, Ed.D, executive director of KHIN and senior vice president of KHS, will join CSMS at the public forum. She explained, "The CTHealthLink technology is developed by physicians and it encompasses an interoperable health information exchange, a personal health record for patients, extensive data analytics tools including National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) certified electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs), alerting, population health solutions, and a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR). The technology is successfully operating in Kansas, with similar efforts under development in Georgia, South Carolina, New Jersey, Louisiana and Missouri."

For more information about CTHealthLink, visit www.cthealthlink.com or call 844-424-4368.

About CTHealthLink

CTHealthLink is a physician-led health information network delivered in partnership with the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) and KaMMCO Health Solutions, offering a suite of health information technology tools to help health professionals share patient information while employing powerful analytic reports designed to help improve clinical outcomes, reduce inefficiencies, and positively impact patient safety.

CTHealthLink provides participating physicians with the tools necessary to: access patient information in a timely, secure manner; improve care coordination and patient safety; increase physician/patient communication; engage patients through an online patient portal; utilize patient panel and population health analytics in a meaningful way; effectively transition to a value-based payment model; and support efforts to meet requirements for MIPS/APMs.

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About Connecticut State Medical Society

CSMS is one of the oldest medical societies in the United States, founded in 1792 and serving more than 6,000 Connecticut physicians. The mission of CSMS is to be the voice of all Connecticut physicians; to lead physicians in advocacy; to promote the profession of medicine; to improve the quality of care; and to safeguard the health of patients.

CTHealthLink and Connecticut State Medical Society
  • Contact: Matthew Katz
  • Connecticut State Medical Society
  • Executive Vice President and CEO
  • 203.865.0587
  • mkatz@csms.org
About KaMMCO Health Solutions

KHS is a physician-led subsidiary of the Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Company, KaMMCO, a medical professional liability insurer affiliated with the Kansas Medical Society. KHS helps physicians, other healthcare providers, integrated delivery networks, accountable care organizations, and others seeking to improve patient outcomes and adapt to new performance-based payment models through the use of data analytics and business intelligence tools. KHS is now delivering analytics products and services in partnership with medical societies in six states beyond Kansas, including Georgia, South Carolina, Connecticut, New Jersey, Missouri, and Louisiana.

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