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Statement from HEALTHeLINK Executive Director Daniel Porreca Regarding Updated COVID-19 Capabilities

Alert notifications for COVID-19 testing now available to participating providers BUFFALO, NY – “With the continued spread of COVID-19, HEALTHeLINK is supporting epidemiology and surveillance efforts and a number of other related efforts including enabling tracking and alert notifications to providers specific to coronavirus. “In partnership with New York State Department of Health and its Electronic Clinical Lab Reporting System, all COVID-19 lab tests performed in the region are available via HEALTHeLINK to participating providers. “In addition, HEALTHeLINK participating providers can now receive alert notifications for their patients who have had a COVID-19 test conducted. This includes both positive and negative results. As part of the New York State emergency declaration, the requirement for patient consent for delivery of specific COVID-19 lab results to providers who have a treating relationship with the patient has been waived. “Getting clinical information to where it’s needed, when it’s needed plays a critical role in the delivery of care. As Western New York’s health information exchange, we understand our unique role in the health care system. “HEALTHeLINK continues to remain in close contact with County Health Departments, the New York State Department of Health, the QEs across New York that make up the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY), and HIEs across the country through the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) to support our health care community as best we can.” ### About HEALTHeLINK:  HEALTHeLINK is a collaboration among hospitals, physicians, health plans and other health care providers in the eight counties of western New York State to securely exchange clinical information to improve the quality of care, enhance patient safety and mitigate health care costs. HEALTHeLINK is a Qualified Entity of the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY), which enables providers to access their patients’ data from across the state. HEALTHeLINK is also a founding member of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC), the national trade association of health information exchanges. Providers and patients can visit wnyhealthelink.com or @HEALTHeLINK on both Facebook and Twitter for more information.

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HEALTHeLINK COVID-19 Notice

March 16, 2020 With the continued spread of coronavirus, COVID-19, HEALTHeLINK services will continue to be available to the Western New York health care community. Health information plays a critical role in the delivery of care. No matter what symptoms a patient may present at the doctor’s office, enabling access to one’s medical history at the point of care is critically important for the most effective treatment. HEALTHeLINK has been in communications with our providers and our vendors to ensure seamless service operations, preparedness for increased challenges, and ongoing support during this outbreak. We continue to navigate this very fluid situation with them. The health and safety of our employees is of utmost importance. We have updated our business continuity plan and have the tools and procedures in place, if needed, to enable our employees to securely work remotely, while continuing to deliver support for our participating providers. We also understand our unique role in the health care system. HEALTHeLINK is in close contact with County Health Departments, New York State Department of Health, New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) and we remain ready to assist in any way we can with COVID-19 response efforts. This includes supporting epidemiology and surveillance efforts by enabling tracking and alert notifications from additional data sources specific to COVID-19. Getting clinical information to where it’s needed, when it’s needed is central to our mission. We will continue to update this page as more details become available.

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HEALTHeLINK RELEASES 2019 REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY

Available at wnyhealthelink.com/2019 BUFFALO, NY – As the health information exchange (HIE) for Western New York, HEALTHeLINK continues to connect health care organizations, allowing for the seamless exchange of clinical information to improve quality of care, enhance patient outcomes and mitigate health care costs. As highlighted in its 2019 Report to the Community, with the HIE foundation well-established, HEALTHeLINK is now taking the next steps to further leverage the clinical data already shared and adding claims data to enable growth areas such as population health and value-based care to better support health care providers and the patients they serve. “With the comprehensive community wide patient data we have been entrusted with HEALTHeLINK continues to demonstrate the documented value when providers use the services we offer,” said Dan Porreca, HEALTHeLINK’s executive director. “HEALTHeLINK is uniquely positioned to support the increasing number of value-based care programs and are excited about the prospect of expanding our services to include this important function. Continuing to work collaboratively on these initiatives ultimately benefits us all.” A few of the major highlights from HEALTHeLINK’s 2019 Report to the Community include: HEALTHeLINK’s results delivery service, which enables practices and care coordination networks to receive their patients’ medical results directly into their EHRs from other linked sources, increased more than 14% over the last year. More than 4.5 million alert notifications, which included real time notification on patients’ admissions, discharges, and transfers – including local emergency department visits, were delivered to participating providers in 2019. HEALTHeLINK continues to work on a population health system to support clinical transformation that combines claims and clinical data. HEALTHeLINK has completed the uploading of historical claims from HealthNow and is currently in the process of working with Independent Health and Univera on uploading their claims as well. As part of the Interoperability and Innovation grant program, HEALTHeLINK was granted five more projects, which are now underway through the first quarter of 2020. These projects are focused on clinical interoperability on Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) to simplify and increase data exchange, provide patients with access to their own data within the HIE, and improve patient outcomes through predictive analytics. HEALTHeLINK has also gone live with SHIEC’s patient-centered data home (PCDH) national network and is now able to send alerts to participating providers who have patients treated outside of New York State. To view the 2019 HEALTHeLINK Report to the Community, please visit wnyhealthelink.com/2019. ### About HEALTHeLINK:  HEALTHeLINK is a collaboration among hospitals, physicians, health plans and other health care providers in the eight counties of western New York State to securely exchange clinical information to improve the quality of care, enhance patient safety and mitigate health care costs. HEALTHeLINK is a Qualified Entity of the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY), which enables providers to access their patients’ data from across the state. HEALTHeLINK is also a founding member of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC), the national trade association of health information exchanges. Providers and patients can visit wnyhealthelink.com or @HEALTHeLINK on both Facebook and Twitter for more information.

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HEALTHeLINK Medical Minute

Throughout the year, various local health care leaders provide education about HEALTHeLINK as well as highlight the value and benefits of clinical information exchange here in Western New York.

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