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Who oversees the state’s new e-Health Advisory Council? Can you tell me more about it?

The e-Health Advisory Council reports to Rod Bremby, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The council has 33 members who represent a range of health care organizations. The chairperson is Helen Connors, executive director for the Kansas University Center for Health Informatics. She said the group’s mission is to create a statewide system to exchange health information. The council is divided into work groups, which are looking at five areas of the project: governance, technology, business operations, finance and legal. “A statewide system would allow providers to have access to the patients’ health information no matter where they were. Eventually, it will feed into a national health information infrastructure,” Connors said.

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