Kentucky awarded a two-year, $4.5 million contract to ACS State Healthcare to develop a state health information exchange.
The contract supports early development and pilot implementation of the health information exchange, scheduled for next April, according to a news release by the state Governor's Office of Electronic Health Information. Gov. Steve Beshear established the office to manage health information technology efforts between the state and federal agencies.
ACS State Healthcare, a business unit of Dallas-based information technology company Affiliated Computer Services, will develop the technical infrastructure for data exchange among healthcare facilities, electronic health records used by providers and regional health information organizations in the state. The Kentucky Medicaid Services Department will also participate in the pilot, according to the health information office.