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HEALTHeLINK ANNOUNCES 2020-2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Anthony Billittier appointed chair; New representatives join board from Kaleida Health, UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Delaware North BUFFALO, NY – HEALTHeLINK recently appointed its 2020-2021 board of directors including naming Anthony Billittier, MD, FACEP, executive vice president & chief medical officer at Independent Health, as chair. Dr. Billittier has been involved with Western New York’s clinical information exchange since 2006. In addition to Dr. Billittier, HEALTHeLINK’s executive committee includes Art Wingerter, president, Univera Healthcare as vice chair; Michael Cain, MD, vice president of health sciences and dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo as treasurer; Thomas E. Schenk, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York as secretary; David Hughes, MD, executive vice president & chief medical officer, Kaleida Health; and Everett Weiss, MD, chief medical information officer, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Other members of HEALTHeLINK’s board of directors include Andrew L. Davis, MBA, chief operating officer, Erie County Medical Center; Michael F. Galang, D.O., senior vice president and chief information officer, Catholic Health; Eileen Morgan, chief human resources officer, Delaware North; Ann Marie Odrobina, group vice president, employee benefits & wellness, M&T Bank; Paul Pettit, commissioner of health, Genesee & Orleans County Health Departments; and Sourav Sengupta, MD, MPH, program director, child & adolescent psychiatry fellowship, assistant professor of psychiatry & pediatrics, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at University at Buffalo. ### 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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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 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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