January 2020
Letter from the CEO: 2019 Success!

As we begin 2020, Rochester RHIO is pleased to share the great news that we have met all of our state performance measures for 2019 ! I am so proud of our dedicated employees who worked hard to meet all the annual goals. One goal was particularly challenging, and our team put in the extra time and dedication needed to complete all of the requirements beating the deadline. 

Quick Poll: One Question

Rochester RHIO wants to know: Which data types are most important to you? As we step forward into 2020, we want to hear from you as we prioritize onboarding new data types and data sources. Take 10 seconds and answer this one question.
Stay Vigilant on Best Practices for Cybersecurity

by Eric Bielski
Information Security Manager

It is part of Rochester RHIO’s mission to offer a secure and highly available health information exchange to the community and its participants. This part of our mission aids in the assurances that healthcare providers can continue to provide timely and quality care to their patients. Please join us in contributing to patient information safety by following these basics:

  1. Email vigilance. Be extra careful when opening emails, links within emails, or attachments to emails. Authenticate with the sender by other means. For example, phone or text.
  2. Report suspicious behavior. Know where to report suspicious behavior within your organization and to relevant government agencies.
  3. Avoid personal use of an organization’s workstations. Social media and personal email present a greater risk to your organization’s infrastructure.
  4. Be cognizant of your surroundings when meeting in public spaces. Eavesdropping and shoulder surfing can lead to many different cyber threats.

If you notice any anomalies in your systems, please notify Rochester RHIO immediately.
Rochester RHIO, Healthcare Business Academy Partner to Discover Novel Secondary Use Applications for HIE Data

In a bid to further expand the value of health information exchange data, Rochester RHIO partnered with the Healthcare Business Academy (HBA) Fellowship Program to stimulate novel concepts for de-identified population health data. Nearly 70 western New York healthcare executives who were enrolled in the program organized by Northstar Network formed recommendations regarding new ways to utilize the de-identified data available through the Rochester RHIO.

Three ideas were chosen as finalists for further consideration. Read the full story.
New York Health Information Exchange Saves $160-$195M

“HIE is a fundamental tool that I, as a provider, have directly observed positively impact patient care and outcomes,” said Mitchell A. Adler, MD, chief medical informatics officer at Northwell Health Physician Partners and chair of NYeC’s Provider Advisory Group. “Real time access to patient information when I need it is vital to my clinical decision-making and presents clear value to the healthcare system.”

Organizations work together to help patients receive care

"The Rochester area is replete with innovative partnerships to help patients receive care that they wouldn’t otherwise receive — whether it’s a new mobile medical clinic serving underserved LGBTQ communities, a data exchange ensuring Medicaid recipients being released from jail are connected immediately to substance abuse treatment ..."

Rochester RHIO Publishes Annual Report to the Community
"It’s a privilege to serve as the trusted community steward for this essential health data, as well as an ally in finding new pathways to maximize its value for individuals and responsible, likeminded organizations,” said Jill Eisenstein, CEO and president, Rochester RHIO.
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