Department for Public Health
Since January 1, 2017, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) has identified 51 confirmed cases of acute hepatitis A, a liver disease caused by hepatitis A virus (HAV). An increase in cases since August 1, 2017, primarily among individuals who were homeless or drug users, prompted the declaration of a statewide outbreak in November 2017. Viral sequencing has linked several outbreak-associated cases in Kentucky with outbreaks in California and Utah.
KDPH is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health departments to provide guidance and education to health professionals and at-risk populations. Treatment for acute hepatitis A generally involves supportive care, with specific complications treated as appropriate. Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable disease.
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• Counts as of 12/12/17
o Year to date cases: 51
o Outbreak-associated cases: 43
o Hospitalizations (among outbreak-associated cases only): 33
o Deaths (among outbreak-associated cases only): 0
Last updated: December 13, 2017
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||Kentucky Health Information Exchange Declaration of Readiness: Program Year 2017
The Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) is the public health authority for meaningful use reporting in Kentucky. Eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals/critical access hospitals (EH/CAHs) that wish to submit electronic immunization, syndromic surveillance, laboratory results and cancer cases (specialized registry reporting) in Kentucky must do so through KHIE. Additionally and with regard to the immunization registry, KHIE has the ability to respond to bidirectional queries and receive NDC codes.
For EHR incentive program year 2017, KHIE provides support for the following public health reporting measures:
- Measure 1 – Immunization Registry Reporting
Any EP or EH/CAH that administers any type of immunization (influenza, pneumococcal, HPV, chickenpox, shingles, etc.) during the EHR reporting period can submit to the immunization registry.
- Measure 2 – Syndromic Surveillance Reporting
In Kentucky, all EPs or EH/CAHs collect syndromic surveillance data. This option is available to all providers.
- Measure 3 – Specialized Registry Reporting
Any EP who diagnoses and/or treats cancer patients is eligible to submit to the Kentucky Cancer Registry through KHIE for specialized registry reporting.
- Measure 4 – Electronic Reportable Laboratory Results Reporting
Kentucky recently adopted legislation, 902 KAR 2:020, requiring laboratory results to be reported electronically to KHIE.
KHIE supports public health reporting data submission from ONC 2014 certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT). KHIE will make a separate announcement when we are ready to begin onboarding public health reporting from providers using ONC 2015 CEHRT.