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HEALTHeLINK awarded federal funding from Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to expand immunization information sharing
March 17, 2021 - BUFFALO, NY – March 17, 2021 – HEALTHeLINK announced today it is the recipient of federal funding from the Strengthening the Technical Advancement and Readiness of Public Health via Health Information Exchange (The STAR HIE Program): Improving COVID-19 Vaccination Data: Connecting Immunization Information Systems (IIS) to Health Information Exchanges from the Office of the National Coordinator for…
HEALTHeLINK releases 2020 Report to the Community
February 8, 2021 - Available at wnyhealthelink.com/2020 BUFFALO, NY, February 8, 2021 – HEALTHeLINK, the health information exchange (HIE) for Western New York, continues to play a vital role in the delivery and quality of patient care. As highlighted in the HEALTHeLINK 2020 Report to the Community, the value of HIE has never been more evident. “We understand the unique…
HEALTHeLINK achieves NCQA Data Aggregator Validation status
November 4, 2020 - Raises bar on quality of data exchanged; Helps streamline HEDIS® reporting data for health plans  BUFFALO, NY – November 5, 2020 – HEALTHeLINK announced today it is among the first health information exchanges (HIEs) in the country to participate in the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Data Aggregator Validation program. Having recently completed a pilot…
HEALTHeLINK named CPC+ Data Aggregator by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
October 26, 2020 - National primary care medical home model intended to improve delivery of care and reduce unnecessary and costly tests and procedures BUFFALO, NY – October 26, 2020 – HEALTHeLINK has been named the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) data aggregator for the Greater Buffalo Region by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CPC+ is a…
Geoff Allen Joins HEALTHeLINK As Data Quality Manager
May 28, 2020 - BUFFALO, NY – May 28, 2020 – HEALTHeLINK today announced the hire of Geoff Allen as data quality manager. In this new role, Allen is responsible for the data quality and standardization efforts of Western New York’s health information exchange and serves as the subject matter expert in this area for HEALTHeLINK participants, including spearheading the…
HEALTHeLINK announces 2020-2021 Board of Directors
May 13, 2020 - Dr. Anthony Billittier appointed chair; New representatives join board from Kaleida Health, UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Delaware North BUFFALO, NY – May 13, 2020 – 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…
Statement from HEALTHeLINK Executive Director Daniel Porreca Regarding Updated COVID-19 Capabilities
March 26, 2020 - Alert notifications for COVID-19 testing now available to participating providers BUFFALO, NY – March 26, 2020 – “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…
HEALTHeLINK COVID-19 Notice
March 16, 2020 - 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…
HEALTHeLINK releases 2019 Report to the Community
March 6, 2020 - Available at wnyhealthelink.com/2019 BUFFALO, NY – February 2019 – 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,…
Results from HEALTHeLINK study show decreases in patient readmissions and emergency visits through physician practice integration of health information exchange
February 19, 2020 - BUFFALO, NY, February 17, 2020 – A recent study conducted by HEALTHeLINK in cooperation with a researcher at University of Connecticut and Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation, demonstrates that provider offices effectively utilizing health information exchange (HIE) technology can help save their patients and the greater health care community both time and money. The…
HEALTHeLINK releases 2018 Report to the Community
February 26, 2019 - Available at wnyhealthelink.com/2018 BUFFALO, NY, February 2019 – As the health information exchange (HIE) for Western New York, HEALTHeLINK continues to serve physicians and health care organizations in the secure exchange of clinical information. As highlighted in its 2018 Report to the Community, HEALTHeLINK is focused on enhancing patient care through streamlining care coordination, improving the quality…
HEALTHeLINK releases 2017 Report to the Community
April 6, 2018 - Report is available at wnyhealthelink.com/2017 BUFFALO, NY – Health information exchange (HIE) continues to have a positive impact on the quality of patient care across the nation, in New York State through the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) and in Western New York as demonstrated in HEALTHeLINK’S recently released 2017 Report to…
Viewpoints: HEALTHeLINK deserves community support
November 13, 2017 - By Daniel Porreca and Anthony J. Billittier I 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. While the hospital’s IT team immediately worked to bring its system back online, hospital staff quickly switched back to…
HEALTHeLINK survey finds strong support of sharing and utilization of clinical information exchange
November 13, 2017 - High level of awareness of HEALTHeLINK in Western New York BUFFALO, NY – November 13, 2017 – Health care consumers in Western New York largely believe that the community’s health care system is performing at a high level, is generally safe, and that access to electronic health records by physicians is good for health care. These…
MedTech conference highlights the power of partnership and the future of healthcare
October 31, 2017 - The City of Buffalo welcomed experts from the bioscience, pharmaceutical, and medical technology communities this week for the annual MedTech Conference. It’s an opportunity for them to harness the power of partnership and turn an eye towards the future. Winthrop Thurlow still feels relatively new to the job of the MedTech Association’s executive director. He…
Ransomware attack calls unlikely hero to action: Your neighborhood HIE
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. On Sunday morning, April 9, at about 11 a.m., Daniel Porreca received the kind of text message no one wants: Erie County…
HIE Use Cuts Costs, Increases Productivity in STI Treatment
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. October 26, 2017 – Health information exchange (HIE) use can lead to cost savings and increased productivity in sexually transmitted infection (STI) treatment and management, according to a new study published in Health Information Management Journal. Haque et…
Study quantifies benefits for Erie County Department of Health when using HEALTHeLINK for STI reporting and treatment
October 25, 2017 - Results published in Health Information Management Journal BUFFALO, NY – October 25, 2017 – Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and HEALTHeLINK, in cooperation with RTI International, quantified the benefits of using health information exchange for demographic, laboratory, and treatment information for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), specifically chlamydia and gonorrhea cases, in Erie County, New York. The 2012…
Study: HIE Proves Beneficial for STI Treatment, Reporting
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.The 2012 results, which were recently…
How an HIE Aided in Recovery from a Ransomware Attack
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.  When a ransomware attack hits a healthcare provider, it can obviously be financially devastating, but it could also interfere with patient care. Physicians might be unable to access health records, for example, which…
Western New York HIE reaches 1 million patient consents
October 10, 2017 - HEALTHeLINK, the clinical information exchange connecting hospitals, physicians, and payers in Western New York, has secured more than 1 million uniquely consented patients. According to Dan Porreca, executive director of HEALTHeLINK, this achievement represents a significant community milestone for the eight counties the HIE serves, as it continues to improve quality of care, patient safety,…
HealtheLink adds one millionth patient to electronic system; here is what it means
September 28, 2017 - The agency now has a million individuals who have allowed electronic access to patient information for health care providers.
HEALTHeLINK executive director elected chair of Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) board
September 27, 2017 - Furthers work with national trade association of health information exchanges. BUFFALO, NY – September 27, 2017 – Daniel Porreca, executive director of HEALTHeLINK, was elected chair of the 2017-18 board of directors for the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC). HEALTHeLINK is a founding member of SHIEC and Porreca has served on its board of directors since 2014, most…
HEALTHeLINK reaches one million patient consents
September 25, 2017 - BUFFALO, NY – HEALTHeLINK, Western New York’s clinical information exchange, has reached one million uniquely consented patients. Approximately 95% of those who consent authorize their health information to be shared among treating providers. “Getting to one million patients is a significant milestone as patients hold the key to enabling their treating providers to have a more…
HealtheLink reaches milestone of 1 million patients
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. “Getting to one million patients is a significant milestone as patients hold the key to enabling their treating providers to have a more complete picture of their medical…
Letter: HEALTHeLINK helped ECMC deal with crisis
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. This type of attack is not about stealing information, but rather keeping that information from the clinical professionals…
HEALTHeLINK Announces 2017-2018 Board of Directors
April 20, 2017 - David Scamurra, MD appointed chair for third consecutive term; Thomas E. Schenk, MD joins board as HealthNow representative BUFFALO, NY – HEALTHeLINK recently appointed its 2017-2018 board of directors. For the third consecutive term, David Scamurra, MD, pathologist and president, Eastern Great Lakes Pathology and a member of X-Cell Laboratories was named chair of HEALTHeLINK’s…
New state policy allows doctors access to younger patients’ electronic health data
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. Access requires a parent or legal guardian signing an affirmative HEALTHeLINK consent form on behalf of the minor patient. “This change in state policy gives parents and legal guardians…
NY Clarifies Minor Patient Data Access, Maintains Security
January 18, 2017 - Qualified providers can now have secure patient data access through a clinical information exchange for minor patients. January 18, 2017 – Health data security is often a top concern with patient data access, especially as the push for interoperability continues and covered entities continue to utilize electronic devices. Ambiguity can make this process more difficult,…
Minors’ health data OK’d for link
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. Click here to view the article.
New York Rule Change Allows Clinicians to Access Minors’ PHI via State HIE
January 6, 2017 - HIPAA Journal January 6, 2017 Healthcare providers that participate in the Western New York health information exchange – HEALTHeLINK – are now able to access the health information of minors aged between 10 and 17 after the passing of a new rule covering patient data access through qualified information exchanges. The new rule allows the…
HEALTHeLINK Providers Can Now Access Patient Data for Minors
January 5, 2017 - by Rajiv Leventhal 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. This new level of access is a result of a change in New York State policy regarding access to patient data through a…
Physicians now have access to minor patient health data through clinical information exchange
January 4, 2017 - Parents must sign consent for physicians to get access BUFFALO, NEW YORK – As a result of a change in New York State policy, participating providers can now securely access data through Western New York’s clinical information exchange for minor patients 10 – 17 years of age.  Access to the data requires a parent or…
Health info share now includes minors
January 4, 2017 - Union-Sun & Journal January 4, 2017 BUFFALO — Health-eLink, Western New York's clinical information exchange, is now allowing participating healthcare providers to access medical information about minors between the ages of 10 and 17. The access is the result of a change in state policy. “For a child who may see several different physicians, having…
New law enables New York clinicians to access patient data for minors via state HIE
January 4, 2017 - By Mike Miliard Healthcare IT News January 04, 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. The access to clinical…
Access to Minor Data Now Available through HEALTHeLINK
January 3, 2017 - As a result of a change in New York State policy, participating providers can now securely access data through HEALTHeLINK for minor patients 10 – 17 years of age. Access to the data requires a parent or legal guardian signing an affirmative HEALTHeLINK consent form on behalf of the minor patient. Consent forms can now…
Is an electronic world a safer world?
October 31, 2016 - Buffalo Business First Supplement: The Future of Health Care October 28, 2016       By Jane Schmitt Contributing writer Security breaches of electronic health records are the exception, not the rule, insist the gatekeepers of patient data. They stand tall in the battle against the “bad guys” with greater awareness, detection and prevention strategies…
More patients across NYS opt-in to shared electronic records
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.
HEALTHeLINK is Working
June 6, 2016 - It's Working. Are you a physician? Are you a patient?
HEALTHeLINK helps doctors get better patient information, make better decisions
May 2, 2016 - Fresh out of college in 1982, computer science major Daniel Porreca landed a degree in technology operations at Marine Midland Bank. He was working at Computer Task Group in 1997 when his 5-year-old daughter Elise ended up with a rare, stubborn infection that doctors in Western New York struggled to treat. “What I found out…
More Practices Join HEALTHeLINK, Western New York’s Clinical Information Exchange
April 18, 2016 - BUFFALO, NEW YORK – April 8, 2016 – HEALTHeLINK today announced several practices and health care organizations as the newest participants in Western New York’s clinical information exchange. New participants include: Axon Neurology in Niagara Falls Batavia Ophthalmology, PLLC Paul Biddle, MD PLLC in Orchard Park Buffalo Gastroenterology Associates LLP in Orchard Park Charles W. Burns, FNP…
Fredonia practice joins HEALTHeLINK
April 8, 2016 - Buffalo – April 8, 2016 – HEALTHeLINK has announced Fredonia-based J. and E. Medical Specialties PC is the newest participant in Western New York's clinical information exchange.  Click here for more information. 
More Niagara County practices join HEALTHeLINK, Western New York’s clinical information exchange
April 7, 2016 - April 7, 2016 – HEALTHeLINK today announced several Niagara County practices and health care organizations as the newest participants in Western New York's clinical information exchange. These providers include Axon Neurology in Niagara Falls; Daniel A. Burns, M.D, in Niagara Falls; Middleport Family Health Center; Mount St. Mary's Neurology & Stroke; Niagara County Department of…
Another Voice: HEALTHeLINK is working, but it needs more people using it
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. While more than 4,000 physicians and their clinicians are participating and about 810,000 Western New Yorkers have consented to…
With I-STOP now law, local company says electronic medical networking is safe, secure
March 29, 2016 - It’s the first week in New York State of a fully-implemented law known as I-STOP. It’s a law that supporters say prevents attempts at acquiring fradulent prescriptions by taking the process entirely online. Meanwhile, one local company that oversees an online network says their system is safe and secure.  The first phase of I-STOP led…
Study: Too Many Docs Served by HIE Order Duplicate CT Scans
March 6, 2014 - An 18-month study at HEALTHeLINK, the health information exchange serving western New York, finds more than 2,700 CT scans–10 percent of the total such scans of three parts of the body ordered during the period–were potentially unnecessary duplicate scans. Click here to read more.