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Viewpoints: HEALTHeLINK deserves community support
Nov-13-2017 — As has been well reported, one Sunday morning in April, the entire computer network at Erie County Medical Center was suddenly shut down due to a cybersecurity attack. While the hospital’s IT team immediately worked to bring its system back online, hospital staff quickly switched back to a manual and completely paper-based system to maintain patient care.

HEALTHELINK SURVEY FINDS STRONG SUPPORT OF SHARING AND UTILIZATION OF CLINICAL INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Nov-13-2017 — Health care consumers in Western New York largely believe that the community’s health care system is performing at a high level, is generally safe, and that access to electronic health records by physicians is good for health care.

MedTech conference highlights the power of partnership and the future of healthcare
Oct-31-2017 — The City of Buffalo welcomed experts from the bioscience, pharmaceutical, and medical technology communities this week for the annual MedTech Conference. It’s an opportunity for them to harness the power of partnership and turn an eye towards the future.

Ransomware attack calls unlikely hero to action: Your neighborhood HIE
Oct-30-2017 — Erie County Medical Center saga shows why working with your local health information exchange on disaster recovery and business continuity plans can keep you operational, even when your data is encrypted by hackers.

HIE Use Cuts Costs, Increases Productivity in STI Treatment
Oct-26-2017 — New evidence suggests HIE use can contribute to cost savings and increased productivity in STI treatment and management led by public health staff.

STUDY QUANTIFIES BENEFITS FOR ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WHEN USING HEALTHELINK FOR STI REPORTING AND TREATMENT
Oct-25-2017 — Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and HEALTHeLINK, in cooperation with RTI International, quantified the benefits of using health information exchange for demographic, laboratory, and treatment information for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), specifically chlamydia and gonorrhea cases, in Erie County, New York.

Study: HIE Proves Beneficial for STI Treatment, Reporting
Oct-25-2017 — The use of health information exchange (HIE) for support treatment and management of STIs (sexually transmitted infections) can save public health staff time spent on obtaining demographic and treatment information, according to newly published research.

How an HIE Aided in Recovery from a Ransomware Attack
Oct-22-2017 — Erie County Medical Center was the victim of a ransomware attack, but was able to utilize its HIE connection to continue providing patient care.

Western New York HIE reaches 1 million patient consents
Oct-10-2017 — HEALTHeLINK, the clinical information exchange connecting hospitals, physicians, and payers in Western New York, has secured more than 1 million uniquely consented patients.

HealtheLink adds one millionth patient to electronic system; here is what it means
Sep-28-2017 — The agency now has a million individuals who have allowed electronic access to patient information for health care providers.

HEALTHELINK EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ELECTED CHAIR OF STRATEGIC HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE COLLABORATIVE (SHIEC) BOARD
Sep-27-2017 — Daniel Porreca, executive director of HEALTHeLINK, was elected chair of the 2017-18 board of directors for the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC).

HEALTHELINK REACHES ONE MILLION PATIENT CONSENTS
Sep-25-2017 — HEALTHeLINK, Western New York’s clinical information exchange, has reached one million uniquely consented patients. Approximately 95% of those who consent authorize their health information to be shared among treating providers.

HealtheLink reaches milestone of 1 million patients
Sep-25-2017 — HealtheLink, the regional system for sharing health information electronically among hospitals and doctors, has reached 1 million patients who have consented to have their medical data shared.

Letter: HEALTHeLINK helped ECMC deal with crisis
Jun-09-2017 — The recent ransomware attack against Erie County Medical Center is a stark reminder of the paramount importance of not only electronic security, but also just how valuable health information is. This type of attack is not about stealing information, but rather keeping that information from the clinical professionals who need it most.

HEALTHeLINK ANNOUNCES 2017-2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Apr-20-2017 — HEALTHeLINK recently appointed its 2017-2018 board of directors. For the third consecutive term, David Scamurra, MD, pathologist and president, Eastern Great Lakes Pathology and a member of X-Cell Laboratories was named chair of HEALTHeLINK’s board.

New state policy allows doctors access to younger patients’ electronic health data
Jan-30-2017 — A change in state policy now allows participating providers to securely access data through Western New York’s clinical information exchange for patients ages 10 to 17.

NY Clarifies Minor Patient Data Access, Maintains Security
Jan-18-2017 — Qualified providers can now have secure patient data access through a clinical information exchange for minor patients.

Minors' health data OK'd for link
Jan-10-2017 — Getting minors' medical records in HEALTHeLINK, the regional system for sharing health information electronically among hospitals and doctors, has been a problem for the health data exchange.

New York Rule Change Allows Clinicians to Access Minors’ PHI via State HIE
Jan-06-2017 — Healthcare providers that participate in the Western New York health information exchange – HEALTHeLINK – are now able to access the health information of minors aged between 10 and 17 after the passing of a new rule covering patient data access through qualified information exchanges.

HEALTHeLINK Providers Can Now Access Patient Data for Minors
Jan-05-2017 — Providers participating on Western New York’s health information exchange (HIE) — HEALTHeLINK—can now access data for minor patients 10 to 17 years of age.

PHYSICIANS NOW HAVE ACCESS TO MINOR PATIENT HEALTH DATA THROUGH CLINICAL INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Jan-04-2017 — As a result of a change in New York State policy, participating providers can now securely access data through Western New York’s clinical information exchange for minor patients 10 – 17 years of age.

New law enables New York clinicians to access patient data for minors via state HIE
Jan-04-2017 — The rule will help make available accurate and up-to-date information for minors who may see several physicians, or whose caregivers don't have their medical history on-hand.

Health info share now includes minors
Jan-04-2017 — Health-eLink, Western New York's clinical information exchange, is now allowing participating healthcare providers to access medical information about minors between the ages of 10 and 17.

Is an electronic world a safer world?
Oct-31-2016 — Security breaches of electronic health records are the exception, not the rule, insist the gatekeepers of patient data.

More patients across NYS opt-in to shared electronic records
Jul-28-2016 — Health-care professionals across New York now have access to medical records on nearly 9 million patients, including more than 832,000 who have opted in from Western New York.

HEALTHeLINK helps doctors get better patient information, make better decisions
May-02-2016 — “What I found out pretty quickly is that doctors knew what they knew, and what their close network of associates knew, but beyond that there was not a lot of ability for them to use technology to figure out what was going on with my little girl,” Porreca said.

More Practices Join HEALTHeLINK, Western New York's Clinical Information Exchange
Apr-18-2016 — HEALTHeLINK today announced several practices and health care organizations as the newest participants in Western New York's clinical information exchange.

Fredonia practice joins HEALTHeLINK
Apr-08-2016 — Buffalo - HEALTHeLINK has announced Fredonia-based J. and E. Medical Specialties PC is the newest participant in Western New York's clinical information exchange.

More Niagara County practices join HEALTHeLINK, Western New York's clinical information exchange
Apr-07-2016 — HEALTHeLINK today announced several Niagara County practices and health care organizations as the newest participants in Western New York's clinical information exchange.

Another Voice: HEALTHeLINK is working, but it needs more people using it
Mar-31-2016 — Ten years since it was established through the collaboration of the region’s major hospital systems and health plans, HEALTHeLINK is working to improve the quality of patient care, enhance patient safety and minimize health care costs.

With I-STOP now law, local company says electronic medical networking is safe, secure
Mar-29-2016 — It's the first week in New York State of a fully-implemented law known as I-STOP. It's a law that supporters say prevents attempts at acquiring fraudulent prescriptions by taking the process entirely online. Meanwhile, one local company that oversees an online network says their system is safe and secure.

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