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  March 2014  //   Issue 16



Total participating practices: 613

Total participating providers: 2,969

Total number of users: 9,892

Total number of patient record look up queries via the Virtual Health Record (VHR) from January-February 2014: 141,923

Total number of patient consent forms signed: 582,989

Total results available through HEALTHeLINK: More than 115 million

Total number of practices that support electronic delivery of HEALTHeLINK results directly into their EMR: 271

Total number of providers that receive electronic delivery of results directly from HEALTHeLINK into their EMR: 1,456

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, labs)

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 »


2013 Report to the Community

With a continued focus on expansion and deeper use of the health information exchange, HEALTHeLINK marked a number of significant milestones in 2013. Learn more in our 2013 Report to the Community available to view online here!

Analysis of duplicate CT scans shows costs savings & enhanced patient safety

Through HEALTHeLINK, participating providers have instant access to diagnostic tests that have been conducted on their patients. Along these lines, HEALTHeLINK recently conducted an analysis of the number of multiple CT scans ordered for the same patient and on the same body part within six months utilizing clinical data available within its health information exchange.

The results are now available in HEALTHeLINK's latest white paper, "Study of Duplicate CT Scans Show Promise of Health Information Exchange" available here. Some of the key findings include:

  • Approximately 90% of the 2,763 potentially unnecessary duplicative CT scans were ordered by physicians who either never or infrequently used HEALTHeLINK
  • About 50% of the patients who had a duplicative CT scan had already consented to have their information accessed through HEALTHeLINK by their treating providers
  • More than 95% of the identified potentially unnecessary CT scans were done in a hospital setting
  • The lost opportunity to utilize HEALTHeLINK before ordering a CT scan could have resulted in savings in the health system of approximately $1.3 million

More hospitals now connected to HEALTHeLINK

Both Eastern Niagara Health System and Wyoming County Community Health System have joined HEALTHeLINK and are accessing and sharing patient health information electronically with health care providers across Western New York.

According to Dan Porreca, HEALTHeLINK’s executive director, “Hospitals are critical partners in fulfilling the promise of how health information technology can enhance patient care, especially as it pertains to serving diverse populations such as residents who live in rural areas like eastern Niagara County and Wyoming County."

To view HEALTHeLINK's current data sources, click here.

Re-design website launched

HEALTHeLINK recently re-designed its website (wnyhealthelink.com) to provide both physicians and patients with the information and resources that they need in an easy to find format. We encourage you to check it out!

What people are saying about HEALTHeLINK

Joining the clinical information exchange is a significant milestone for our health system because it will enhance patient care for diverse populations that we serve in eastern Niagara County

    - Mohammed Mere, Assistant Administrator for Planning at Eastern Niagara Hospital

Our relationship with HEALTHeLINK is one more step in Wyoming County Community Health System’s (WCCHS) commitment to have a positive impact on the health of our rural community. We have not only invested in brick and mortar, new equipment and building renovations, but also see the need to be part of this collaborative effort which is the future of health care.

    - Donald T. Eichenauer, CEO, WCCHS



For more information on HEALTHeLINK, visit www.wnyhealthelink.com
or call: 716.206.0993 ext. 311


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