HIE Participant FAQs

KONZA HIE is working to improve to healthcare through both interoperability and transformative data analytics. This nationwide exchange allows connected physicians and hospitals to share patient information while employing powerful analytic reports designed to help improve clinical outcomes, reduce inefficiencies, and positively impact patient safety.

What is Health Information Exchange (HIE)?

HIE is the electronic exchange of clinical information among healthcare organizations. This exchange of patient clinical data allows physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers to securely and efficiently access patients’ health records.

Why is health information exchange important?

HIE allows healthcare providers to quickly access their patients’ data across disparate health care systems, reducing treatment delays and enhancing clinical decision making. Additionally, HIE improves patient care coordination and transitions of care by allowing healthcare professionals to access their patients’ most recent test results, procedures, diagnosis, medications, allergies, and more.

What patient data comes into an HIE?

Patient data received by the HIE may include: a list of facilities where the patient was seen, admit and discharge dates, lab results, procedures and diagnoses, current and past medications, allergies, chief complaint, visit notes, operation notes, and the patients’ primary care providers.

Will KONZA HIE connect with other HIEs?

KONZA HIE connects with other HIEs across the nation. KONZA HIE also connects with public health agencies, federal agencies such as the Veteran’s Administration, national lab companies, and prescription monitoring programs.

How will KONZA HIE help the nation connect for better care?

Physicians and other clinicians can securely share critical patient information at the point of care, supporting improved care quality and better patient health outcomes. Patients can easily view their medical information from participating providers on one secure patient portal. Physicians and other clinicians can more easily meet quality reporting obligations under the emerging performance and value-based payment systems adopted by federal and commercial health plans.

How do we know KONZA HIE will work?

The proven HIE technology is already successfully operating in Kansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, and South Carolina. This is a “turnkey” HIE.

Will patients have to participate in KONZA HIE? Will they have to pay?

Patients can choose to opt out of including their personal health information in KONZA HIE. There is no charge for patients to participate in KONZA HIE.

For patients who authenticate their KONZA HIE information through the patient portal, there is a nominal one-time charge from the KONZA HIE help desk. There is no charge for patients who authenticate at a participating provider’s office or facility.

How can I exchange health information?

To receive more information regarding the exchange of health information, please contact KONZA HIE at 877.520.5446.