Kentucky has been awarded funding to expand and build a statewide health information exchange, receiving nearly $10 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to enhance the state’s health information technology efforts.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced the award to Kentucky as part of a total of nearly $1 billion in ARRA funds awarded across the country.
“This is a tremendous award for the state of Kentucky in terms of advancing our efforts to build a statewide health information exchange,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “The funding is a great economic opportunity for Kentucky and will result in many high-tech jobs for our state.”
The funding will allow Kentucky to expand the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE), which is being funded by a Medicaid transformation grant. Plans call for the KHIE to be piloted this spring by six hospitals and one clinic.