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HIE to the rescue Allscripts podcast
Allscripts – April 3, 2018 – From hurricanes to system outages, health information exchange systems prepare healthcare communities for any crisis.

HEALTHeLINK HIE surpasses one million consenting patients
Search Health IT Tech Target – March 13, 2018 – New York-based health information exchange HEALTHeLINK recently surpassed one million enrolled patients, due in part to increased awareness of the benefits of HIEs.

NY State HIE Study: Patient Alerts, Query-Based Exchange Doubled in One Year
Healthcare Informatics – February 13, 2018 – More healthcare professionals are receiving patient care alerts and increasingly performing related patient record queries through the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY), according to a new report by the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC).

Erie County Medical Center: Anatomy of a ransomware attack
Health Data Management – January 29, 2018 – It was a Sunday morning like any other in the emergency department of Erie County Medical Center, a 602-bed hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., and the Western New York area’s Level 1 trauma center.

Why Providers Need a Disaster Recovery Plan for EHR Security
Health IT Security – January 24, 2018 – Covered entities can help ensure a more comprehensive approach to EHR security by having a current disaster recovery plan in place.

Viewpoints: HEALTHeLINK deserves community support
Buffalo News – November 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.

MedTech conference highlights the power of partnership and the future of healthcare
WBFO – October 31, 2017 – The City of Buffalo welcomed experts from the bioscience, pharmaceutical, and medical technology communities this week for the annual MedTech Conference.

Ransomware attack calls unlikely hero to action: Your neighborhood HIE
Healthcare IT News – October 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
EHR Intelligence – October 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: HIE Proves Beneficial for STI Treatment, Reporting
Healthcare Informatics – October 25, 2017 – To calculate average savings of using health information exchange for demographic and treatment requests for chlamydia and gonorrhea in Western New York, specifically the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and its catchment area, the DOH and HEALTHeLINK, a regional HIE in Western New York, partnered with research organization RTI International.

How an HIE Aided in Recovery from a Ransomware Attack
HeathIT Security – October 22, 2017 – Erie County Medical Center was the victim of a ransonware attack, but was able to utilize its HIE connection to continue providing patient care.

HealtheLink reaches milestone of 1 million patients
Buffalo News – September 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
Buffalo News – June 9, 2017 – Letter: HEALTHeLINK helped ECMC deal with crisis 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.

New state policy allows doctors access to younger patients’ electronic health data
Buffalo News – January 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
HealthIT Security – January 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
Buffalo News – January 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.

HEALTHeLINK Providers Can Now Access Patient Data for Minors
Healthcare Informatics – January 5, 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.

New law enables New York clinicians to access patient data for minors via state HIE
Healthcare IT News – January 4, 2017 – Care providers participating in HEALTHeLINK, a regional health information organization serving Western New York, can now access health data for patients who are between 10 and 17 years old, as long as those minors’ parents or legal guardians have signed consent forms.

Is an electronic world a safer world?
Business First – October 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
Business First – July 28, 2016 – Health-care professionals across New York now have access to medical records on nearly 9 million patients, include more than 832,000 who have opted in from Western New York. Click here to read more.

Another Voice: HEALTHeLINK is working, but it needs more people using it
Buffalo News – March 31, 2016 – Ten years since it was established through the collabration 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
WBFO – March 29, 2016 – It’s the first week in New York State of a fully-implemented law known as I-STOP.