We are excited to announce the latest development in our efforts to expand and provide quality, coordinated, patient centered care in Kansas.

The Aledade Kansas ACO is partnering with one of the only two approved Health Information Exchanges (HIE) in the state of Kansas, the Kansas Health Information Network, for the benefit of our patients and their caregivers.

KHIN – the largest HIE in Kansas – is an industry leader in establishing secure networks that enable real-time data flow to health care providers, and we are proud to partner with them in order to better coordinate patient care and provide actionable information to our primary care doctors.

Quality health information exchanges like KHIN play an important role in value-based care.

Starting this month, Aledade Kansas ACO doctors will automatically receive near real-time admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications for their patients. This information is vital to coordinating care and establishing effective transitional care management (TCM) programs for their patients. Studies have shown that if a patient has been contacted by their doctor within 48 hours of discharge, the patient is more likely understand their discharge instructions and less likely to be readmitted to the hospital.

In fact, something as basic as the primary care doctor calling their patient just to talk after they have been discharged can have a big impact. In the past, primary care doctors didn’t make the phone call because they didn’t know their patients had been discharged, let alone admitted.

In essence, they were operating blind when it came to the care their patients received from other doctors. And with the help of KHIN, we are taking the blindfold off for primary care physicians. With this partnership, Aledade’s primary care doctors will also have electronic access to information about the range of care their patients are receiving from specialists and other providers.

Real-time information helps primary care doctors assess a patient’s situation, make informed care decisions, and help coordinate their care, leading to better outcomes – for patients and their families and caregivers.

At Aledade, our more than 700 physicians are focused on delivering the highest quality, health IT-enabled and patient-centered care possible, with an emphasis on preventive care. Our partnerships with leading HIEs like KHIN will allow us to continue to provide that care and serve our nearly 100,000 patients nationwide.

As a provider-led organization, KHIN is one of the leading health information exchanges (HIE) in the country with more than 1,200 participating hospitals, clinics and other health care related facilities. KHIN’s mission is to improve health care quality, coordination and efficiency through the exchange of health information at the point of care utilizing a secure electronic network, provided by a collaboration of health care organizations. For more information about KHIN visit www.khinonline.org.