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February 6, 2006

Louisville To Develop Health Information Exchange

The Louisville Health Information Exchange - a consortium of physicians, hospitals, employers and government groups - plans to launch an electronic network to store the health records of at least 100,000 patients in an effort to reduce medical errors and costs, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Participation in the exchange would cost about $60 annually per patient, which could be subsidized by an employer or union health plan. Physicians would be paid about $3 for each patient record they submit, making Louisville the first community to develop a network with physician payments. The exchange would allow patients to control access to their records, the Courier-Journal reports.

The Louisville Health Information Exchange last week requested vendors to submit proposals to develop and operate the needed information systems (Howington, Louisville Courier-Journal, 2/5). The selected contractor would build the system at its own expense, but the organization expects the network to generate at least $6 million in annual revenue, quickly returning the $4 million or more invested by the contractor,
Government Health IT reports.

Interested contractors must submit a letter of intent by Feb. 27 and a proposal by May 1, according to the organization's request for proposals. "Our department will provide the turnkey management for the start-up" of the health information exchange, said Judah Thornewill, a researcher at the University of Louisville's School of Public Health and Information Sciences. The contractor is expected to be selected by July 1, Government Health IT reports (Ferris, Government Health IT, 2/3).

The network, which could be operational by next January if enough employers and other parties join, could be "a model for the nation," said Dr. William Yasnoff, a consultant and former federal health care official (Louisville Courier-Journal, 2/5).

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