The LINK                                   March 2015/Issue 20
Percent of WNY practices who participate with HEALTHeLINK:  73%

Total number of patient consent forms signed:  708,257

Total results available through HEALTHeLINK:  Over 140 million

Total number of patient record look up queries via the VHR from January - February 2015: 229,974

Total number of practices with EMRs connected to HEALTHeLINK: 313
New Data Sources
Heritage Ministries

Westfield Hospital (ADTs, radiology and transcribed reports)

For a complete listing of data sources and participating practices, click here!
Top 10 Patient Data Query Users
1. Dent Neurologic Institute 
2. Kaleida Health Systems
3. Gastroenterology Associates
5. Roswell Park Registration
6. Erie County Department of Health
7. WNY Urology Associates
8. Southtowns Gastroenterology
9. Cardiology Group of WNY
10. Windsong Radiology Group
HEALTHeLINK functionalities: 
Did you know?

Through HEALTHeNET, we have enabled the ability to query a patient's current HEALTHeLINK consent status, either through an eligibility and benefits transactions, or a patient consent only transaction. Once consent status has been found, a user can print a patient specific consent form, and manage the patients consent status if needed.

2014 Report to the Community now available

We've reached a tipping point. For the past six years, we've been connecting health care professionals to vital information about their patients. In that time, the evidence of how well it's working has revealed itself in meaningful and quantifiable ways. Dig into our 2014 report to get a sense of how exactly we're doing that. Click here to view the report! 

Featured as HIE pioneer by HFMA
HEALTHeLINK is highlighted as an example of an HIE l eader in the winter edition of Leadership magazine published by Healthcare Financial Management Association. The article titled "Getting to Interoperability: Learning from Healthcare Pioneers" addresses the success of HEALTHeLINK and includes interviews with Executive Director Dan Porreca, Dr. Michael Cropp from Independent Health and Vicki Temperato from Western New York Urology Associates, LLC. Click here to view the article. 
4th long term care data source connected

Heritage Ministries in Jamestown has joined HEALTHeLINK as a data source supplying clinical information securely and electronically to the HIE. With authorized patient consent, treating physicians can now access admission, discharge and transfer notices from Heritage Ministries to improve transitions of care. Continue reading
1 million reached!
Thank you to the participating physicians and medical staff who regularly access the HIE - we reached 1 million patient queries in 2014! If you're keeping track, it took six years to reach our first million, but only 12 months to reach the second million. 
HEALTHeLINK joins national consortium
Approximately 20 HIEs nationally, including HEALTHeLINK have formed a national consortium called the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC). SHIEC aims to assist and advance member HIEs through the exchange of ideas and business improvements as well as through public education and advocacy. HEALTHeLINK's Executive Director Dan Porreca serves as the vice-chair of the group. Continue reading
What people are saying about HEALTHeLINK

"Heritage Ministries is committed to promoting, hope, dignity, and purposeful living. One of the many ways that we achieve that daily is with the use of technology and effective business partners. The implementation of HEALTHeLINK is a perfect example of using technology and effective business partners to further improve the care of our residents."

     - Mark Wilcox, director of MIS, Heritage Ministries

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