Overview and History of KHIE
The KHIE Board was constituted by Governor Parkinson's Executive Order and legally incorporated on January 5th, 2011. The Board of Directors, comprised of 17 members representing major stakeholder organizations, decided at the June, 2011 Board meeting that a more appropriate role for KHIE to assume would be that of an "orchestrator" vs. an "operator" of health information exchanges. Notwithstanding this change in roles, KHIE was obliged by the Executive Order to promulgate policies and standards regulating the operation of Health Information Organizations (exchanges) in Kansas; to ensure that viable health information exchange capabilities were readily available anywhere in the state; and to establish processes to accept, evaluate, approve or deny, and monitor the operation of HIO's that were certified to operate in Kansas. The net effect of this change in roles is to a) reduce the staffing needs from 10 FTE's required to support the "operator" model to 3 FTE's required to support the "orchestrator" model (see below) and b) redistribute the planned funding of activities from funding heavily weighted on the front-end to funding heavily weighted on the back end of the grant period.
Thus, the KHIE must engage a wide array of consultants and contract service firms to fulfill its' current mission as an orchestrator of HIE markets, services and technologies. The current organization structure of KHIE is depicted by the following graphic: