Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Appoints Member to the Kentucky E-Health Network Board

Press Release Date:  Thursday, June 21, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Lexington physician joins e-Health group

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed Dr. David J. Bensema, of Lexington, to the Kentucky E-Health Network Board.  

Bensema is a physician and the director of Baptist Physicians of Lexington Inc.  He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Kentucky and a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and is board certified in internal medicine.  Bensema has helped to start three life insurance companies.  He is a past president of the Lexington Medical Society and currently serves as the alternate trustee for the 10th District to the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Medical Association. 

Bensema is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association, the Kentucky Medical Association and the American Academy of Insurance Medicine.  He is a member of the Bank of Lexington Board of Directors and the Colorectal Cancer Coalition of the central Kentucky chapter of the American Cancer Society.  He has served on the board of directors of the Central Kentucky Blood Center and is married to Dr. Marian E. Bensema.

In 2005, the Kentucky General Assembly passed and Governor Fletcher signed Senate Bill 2, which authorized the establishment of a statewide e-Health network. The Kentucky e-Health Network Board was created in the legislation and charged with overseeing the development of a statewide, interoperable e-Health network to improve health care cost, quality and outcomes through health information technology adoption and data exchange.

Kentucky’s e-Health Network Board is made up of 22 public and private health care and industry leaders.  The e-Health Board operates under the leadership of the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, in conjunction with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Since its inaugural meeting in November 2005, the Kentucky e-Health Network Board has published a statewide e-Health Action Plan, held a statewide e-Health Summit, overseen five e-Prescribing grants to communities around Kentucky and received more than $5 million in federal funding.