Digital Health Innovation Forum 5 Features Leaders from KC’s Health Information Exchanges

October 6, 2015, at the Sprint Accelerator, 5:30-7:30pm. RSVP Now

The digital revolution is leaving a paper trail in EMRs. (Photo: Flickr - Newtown Graffiti)

The digital revolution is leaving a paper trail in EMRs. (Photo: Flickr – Newtown Graffiti)

The electronic health records industry touches on American lives in a way few industries do.

In 2009, the government began pumping tens of billions to health providers to dump paper and go digital. As a result, lifesaving data started becoming easier for doctors and hospitals to access. This digital revolution opened up the prospect of decreased wait times, faster prescription turnarounds, greater public health data, and, most important of all, a reduction in cost – both human and financial – due to better informed diagnoses and therapies.

Yet even today, when you walk into a doctor’s office for the first time, your own latest, most detailed health information may not come with you — at least, not in digital form.

Even though electronic records are supposed to be the norm, health information exchange systems — the entities which provide access to the data for health care providers across the community – still face challenges, and practitioners may still face printouts, faxes, and scanned documents bogging down the process.

This costs not only money, but creates the potential loss of critical information about your health. As a recent Star article pointed out, for a health provider this “digital dead end” is “like toggling between a Google search and a stack of old notebooks.”

As we continue to yearn for the promise of Electronic Health Records streamlining the system and allowing our health information to travel seamlessly, how can today’s health information exchanges better talk to each other so that we know the physician across the exam table has our latest, most relevant data?

This is not just a concern for practitioners, but for all consumers.

Digital Health Innovation Forum 5: Making Electronic Health Records Work Together… For You

On October 6, 2015, from 5:30-7:30pm at the Sprint Accelerator, KC Digital Drive invites you to come hear from the leaders of the Kansas City area’s three biggest health information exchanges. Representing nearly every hospital and clinic in the area, these exchanges are at the forefront of the digital divide in American healthcare — a divide that, at its worst, could be keeping the right data from your doctor’s hands.

The executive leaders of the Missouri Health Connection, the Kansas Health Information Network, and the Lewis and Clark Information Exchange will tackle this issue head on in a panel discussion not to be missed.

This free event is part of KC Digital Drive’s quarterly Digital Health Innovation Forum, a series of free public talks on digital health issues that matter to providers, patients, entrepreneurs and innovators. Please RSVP to attend.


Laura McCrary, Ed.D., Executive Director, Kansas Health Information Network
Mark Pasquale, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Missouri Health Connection
Mike Dittemore, RN, BS, eMBA, Executive Director, Lewis and Clark Information Exchange


5:30-6:00pm: Networking & Refreshments
6:00-7:00pm: Panel Discussion
7:00-7:30pm: Closing Networking
Location info: The Sprint Accelerator is located at 210 W 19 Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64108. Enter on the north side (via the alley behind the building), and ring the buzzer to be let in. Street parking is available.
Eventbrite - DHIF 5: Making Electronic Health Records Work Together ... for You
This event was organized by the KC Digital Drive Health Innovation Team and made possible with support from the KC Area Life Sciences Institute, the REACH Healthcare Foundation, and the Sprint Accelerator Powered by Techstars.


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