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   December/2013   //   Issue 15



Total participating practices: 596

Total participating providers: 3,025

Total number of users: 10,964

Total number of patient record look up queries via the Virtual Health Record (VHR) from January-November 2013: 551,961

Total number of patient consent forms signed: 557,482

Total number of patient referral packet CCD's electronically exchanged for care coordination from January-November 2013: 191,906

Total results available through HEALTHeLINK: More than 109 million

Total number of practices that support electronic delivery of HEALTHeLINK results directly into their EMR: 264

Total number of providers that receive electronic delivery of results directly from HEALTHeLINK into their EMR: 1,430

Data Source

The following data sources are currently available through HEALTHeLINK. Those bolded are new since the last edition of The Link:

Advantage Telehealth (telemonitoring)

Beechwood Continuing Care (ADTs)

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital (ADTs, radiology, radiology images)

Briody Health Care Facility (ADTs)

Brothers of Mercy (ADTs)

Buffalo MRI (ADTs, Radiology)

Catholic Health System (ADTs, radiology, labs, transcribed reports, discharge medications)

Catholic Health/McAuley Seton Home Care (telemonitoring)

Dent Neurologic Institute (ADTs, radiology, radiology images)

Diagnostic Imaging Associates (radiology, radiology images)

Eastern Niagara Hospital (ADTs, radiology, radiology images, labs, transcribed reports)

ECMC (ADTs, radiology, radiology images, labs, transcribed reports)

Genetic Diagnostic Laboratories (labs)

Great Lakes Imaging (ADTs, radiology, radiology images)

Jones Memorial Hospital (ADTs, radiology, transcribed reports)

Kaleida Health System (ADTs, radiology, labs, transcribed reports)

Kaleida Health's Visiting Nurses Association (telemonitoring)

Lake Erie Regional Health System of NY – Brooks Memorial  (ADTs radiology,   transcribed reports)

Lake Erie Regional Health System of NY – Lakeshore Hospital (ADTs, radiology, radiology images, labs, transcribed reports)

Mount St. Mary’s Hospital (ADTs, radiology, labs, transcribed reports)

Niagara Falls Memorial (ADTs, radiology, radiology images, labs, ER reports)

Quest Diagnostics (labs)

Roswell Park Cancer Institute (ADTs, radiology, radiology images, labs, transcribed reports, images)

RxHub (medication history)

Seton Imaging (ADTs, radiology, radiology images)

Southtowns Radiology (ADTs, radiology, radiology images)

Spectrum Radiology (radiology, radiology images)

Surescripts (medication history)

United Memorial Medical Center (ADTs, radiology, radiology images,  labs)

Upper Allegheny Health System (ADTs, radiology, labs & transcribed reports)

WCA of Jamestown (ADTs, radiology, radiology images, labs, transcribed reports)

Windsong Radiology Group (ADTs, radiology, radiology images)

WILLCARE (ADTs, transcribed reports, medication history, diabetic measures)

Wyoming Community Hospital (ADTs, radiology, radiology images, transcribed reports)

X-Cell Laboratories (labs)

For a complete listing of data sources and participating practices, click here »


Beacon Project Successful Completion

Beacon Community Program

Marking the completion of its three-year Beacon Community project, last week HEALTHeLINK launched an online report highlighting the documented improvement of quality of care and outcomes for diabetic patients and also improved provider communication and care coordination through the use of health information technology.

The Beacon Community project was a collaboration between HEALTHeLINK, Catholic Medical Partners, P2 Collaborative of Western New York, and more than 40 other health care organizations. WNY Beacon was one of 17 Beacon Communities nationwide funded by a $16.1 million grant through the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and tasked with building and strengthening local health IT infrastructure and testing innovative approaches to make measurable improvements in health, care, and cost over the past three years. WNY Beacon’s efforts focused on improving clinical outcomes and patient safety in diabetes care management through the use of health IT and HIE.

“We encourage members of the health care community to view the WNY Beacon online report and learn how the implementation of various technologies resulted in direct measureable improvement in care and outcomes for diabetics,” said Dan Porreca, executive director. “Many of the technologies implemented by WNY Beacon will continue to support improved and effective monitoring of patients’ health, thus resulting in healthier patients and decreased costs."

Click here to view the online report.

Immunization reporting with NYS Department of Health

As a result of a Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law (HEAL)-supported initiative to enhance the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) for electronic information exchange between RHIOs and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), HEALTHeLINK launched an automated immunization reporting web service for its participating providers. Buffalo’s Elmwood Health Center became the first practice to submit immunization data to the New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS) via this automated method.

“Immunization history is an essential component to pediatric care and this groundbreaking service helps ensure that this key information is available when and where needed,” said Barbara Johnson, director of clinical services, Elmwood Health Center. “The automated service allows seamless transmission of immunization records to NYSIIS, making them immediately available to any provider giving care to a child. It also eliminates many steps in both the entry and retrieval process, both for our practice that administers the immunizations as well as other providers involved in a child’s care."

HEALTHeLINK’S immunization reporting web service also supports providers’ achievement of Meaningful Use Stage 1 and Stage 2 public health objectives.  HEALTHeLINK and NYSDOH are coordinating efforts with other interested New York RHIOs to make this functionality available to providers across a broader geography.

Immunization reporting is just one of four public health use cases currently being tested between HEALTHeLINK and NYSDOH. Other use cases include the ability for a provider to request a child’s immunization history, for hospitals to report newborn bloodspot screening information to NYSDOH’s Wadsworth lab and receive lab screening results electronically, and for Emergency Departments to automate reporting of syndromic surveillance data.  Advancing strategic health information exchange between NYSDOH and RHIOs aims to streamline how providers interact with the myriad public health systems that currently exist, allowing for decreased reporting burdens on providers and increased access to clinically-valuable information at the point of care.

Offering technological solutions to Medicaid Health Homes

HEALTHeLINK is working with the region’s Health Homes to provide a communitywide solution for the coordination of patient care as well as the secure exchange of health information. HEALTHeLINK is currently working with six Health Homes – Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network, Health Home Partners of Western New York, Health Homes of Upstate New York Western, Health Homes of Upstate New York Finger Lakes, Health Homes of Upstate New York Southern Tier and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Health Home. In addition to working with each Health Home, HEALTHeLINK is also establishing the Health Homes’ participating partners as HEALTHeLINK users so they can utilize health information exchange services to access the information they need to best care for their patient. Currently 15 Health Home or related organizations and 125 provider and staff users are participating.

HEALTHeLINK is an important tool for Health Homes to utilize in gaining the information they need on their patients for better coordination of care and more effective treatment. Health Home patients sign a Health Home consent form which authorizes a Care Manager to coordinate the patient’s care as well as have access to the clinical information within HEALTHeLINK to better care for the patient. HEALTHeLINK’s community wide electronic secure messaging service allows any member of the care team (medical, behavioral and social) within the WNY community to share clinical records and care plans securely to improve coordination of care, even if they do not have an electronic medical records system.

HEALTHeLINK functionalities: Did you know?

The notification functionality allows for a provider to “subscribe” to a consented patient.  Once this subscription is in place, the provider receives notifications of the subscribed to patients’ admissions and/or discharges from facilities connected to HEALTHeLINK. This functionality is useful in enabling providers receive real time information as their patients transition from one care setting to another.

What people are saying about HEALTHeLINK

"Our partners in healthcare now have the ability to easily access Windsong images via HEALTHeLINK. It fulfills our commitment to enhance access to care and allows patients' providers the ability to view important diagnostic images online. We know that the entire community benefits when we reduce the need to duplicate imaging exams."

        - Dr. Thomas Summers, president of Windsong Radiology Group


NYeC recognized Catholic Medical Partners

The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) recently recognized Catholic Medical Partners at its annual Digital Health Conference with a Promoting Advancement of Technology in Healthcare (PATH) Award. The PATH Awards recognize achievement and honor advances relating to health information technology. Catholic Medical Partners assisted the WNY Beacon Community in its clinical transformation efforts throughout the three-year project.

Pictured left to right are Robert Bazell, former chief science and health correspondent, NBC News; David Whitlinger, executive director, NYeC; Dennis Horrigan, president and CEO, Catholic Medical Partners


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