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Good for liberty? — Federal government praises Kansas as “leader” in health information technology

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Press release:


KDHE & the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology


January 7, 2013

KDHE Contact: Miranda Steele

ONC-HIT Contact: Nicole Hudson


Kansas recognized as leader in advancing the use of health information technology

Federal government lauds state’s efforts


TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas officials and stakeholders have been recognized by the federal government as national leaders for their efforts to enhance the safety and quality of health care by embracing the use of health information technology.

While a number of industries have fully accepted electronic records as their norm for operations, the complexity of information and previous lack of any standards hampered the medical field’s adoption of information exchange.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) serves on the Kansas Health Information Exchange Board of Directors and believes it is important to partner with Kansas’ health care providers, hospitals and pharmacies and other stakeholders to adopt and implement technologies that allow them to communicate securely and electronically, information regarding medical consumers in real time. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is specifically recognizing the efforts in Kansas for:

· Being recognized as one of the top 10 states in the nation to have the largest increases in Directed and Query-Based exchange

· Achieving Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s second milestone for Directed and Query-Based exchange

Directed exchange is used by providers to easily and securely send patient information—such as laboratory orders and results, patient referrals, or discharge summaries—directly to another health care professional. This information is sent over the internet in an encrypted, secure, and reliable way amongst health care professionals who already know and trust each other, and is commonly compared to sending a secured email. This form of information exchange enables coordinated care, benefitting both providers and patients.

Query-based exchange is used by providers to search and discover accessible clinical sources on a patient. This type of exchange is often used when delivering unplanned care. For example:

· Emergency room physicians who can utilize query-based exchange to access patient information—such as medications, recent radiology images, and problem lists—might adjust treatment plans to avoid adverse medication reactions or duplicative testing.

· If a pregnant patient goes to the hospital, query-based exchange can assist a provider in obtaining her pregnancy care record, allowing them to make safer decisions about the care of the patient and her unborn baby.

“We’re proud of the work being done to improve care of people throughout the state and are thrilled the effort is receiving national recognition,” said Aaron Dunkel, HIT Coordinator and Deputy Secretary of KDHE. “Good communication among everyone involved in keeping a person healthy is vital to ensure good outcomes. Current technologies make it easy and safe for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others to communicate with each other on their patients’ behalf. It results in fewer errors and means health care providers and their staff can spend more time actually talking with their patients. That’s what we’re working toward.”

Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) Executive Director Laura McCrary said that KHIN, one of two Health Information Organizations in Kansas, has been fortunate to have the strong support of Kansas health care providers. “The Kansas Medical Society and the Kansas Hospital Association, as founding members of KHIN, have been instrumental in the successful adoption and implementation of health information exchange in Kansas,” she said.

“Many individuals have worked diligently to create capabilities that will ultimately yield improved medical outcomes and reduced treatment costs for all Kansans. The Kansas Health Information Exchange is pleased that these efforts and accomplishments have been recognized by the Office of the National Coordinator,” said Jackie John, Vice Chair of the Kansas Health Information Exchange Board of Directors.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology—which has led the process of establishing the essential building blocks to support this secure exchange of health information—is recognizing the early achievements of states and territories participating in this effort.


New media – Matt Drudge gets 10 billion page views in 2012

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

The Drudge Report, in its 18th year, sets new record for page views.

Link to graph:

Video – KMBC’s Michael Mahoney on the Johnson County DMV turning away people

Sunday, May 13th, 2012


Klout is losing clout – Alyssa Maine, Compete blog

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Compete blog.

George Will on the Toyota Prius

Sunday, May 13th, 2012


Facebook billionaire co-founder Eduardo Saverin renounces US citizenship before initial public offering, may reduce tax bill

Saturday, May 12th, 2012


DMV in Johnson County closes early for 3rd day in a row because of brand new system

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Sec. of State Kris Kobach improving access to state records, puts 2 million more records online

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Associated Press.

Kansas taxpayers pay $31 million to Teva Neurosciences to move from KCMO to Overland Park

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

The Kansas City Star.

Ethanol prices DOWN since end of 50 cents/gallon federal tax credit – Steve Maley, RedState

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Steve Maley.

Tech Crunch – Is This Censorship? Facebook Stops Users From Posting ‘Irrelevant Or Inappropriate’ Comments

Sunday, May 6th, 2012


NBC 41 – Oil producers are moving into Kansas, making millions buying up land in south central Kansas

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Kansas City, MO, City officials – Longer waits for an ambulance at emergencies because of a new system?

Friday, May 4th, 2012

How I Learned Not to Deny Climate Change (Buy Deny Man-Made Climate Change) – Robert Tracinski

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012


CNET – The hybrid premium: How much more does a hybrid car cost?

Monday, April 30th, 2012


The extra cost for a hybrid car comes from the additional equipment in the driveline. Along with the gas engine, hybrid cars have an electric propulsion motor, a high voltage battery pack, and a power control module, this latter component determining how to feed electric power into the drive system.

Now, with many automakers offering some type of hybrid car, the competition has opened up. So what is the current status of the hybrid premium? We looked at a selection of 2012 hybrid models, comparing them with their straight gasoline counterparts, if any.

Video – Cato Institute Fact-Checks Obama’s State of the Union 2012

Monday, January 30th, 2012

HT Club for Growth.

Democratic billionaire Warren Buffett will get huge profits from Obama’s cancellation of Keystone oil pipeline

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Washington Times:

Mr. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. owns Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC, which is among the railroads that would transport oil produced in western Canada if the pipeline isn’t built.

If completed, the $7 billion Keystone XL would deliver 700,000 barrels a day of crude from oil sands in Canada to Texas refineries on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. It would traverse about 1,600 miles.

CBS New York – City Police experimenting with flying drones to watch citizens

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

CBS New York.

Parents in 42 states can’t access permanent record from “public” schools on test scores, grades, economic status, disciplinary problems and student pregnancies –

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

US News:

All 50 states and Washington, D.C. collect long term, individualized data on students performance, but just eight states allow parents to access their child’s permanent record. Forty allow principals to access the data and 28 provide student-level info to teachers.

Privacy experts say the problem is that states collect far more information than parents expect, and it can be shared with more than just a student’s teacher or principal.“When you have a system that’s secret [from parents] and you can put whatever you want into it, you can have things going in that’ll be very damaging,” says Lillie Coney, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. “When you put something into digital form, you can’t control where that’ll end up.”

CNET video – How to use your iPhone to navigate your TV

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012