The LINK                                  September 2015/Issue 22
Percent of WNY practices who participate with HEALTHeLINK: 74.5%

Total number of patient consent forms signed: 766,395

Total results available through HEALTHeLINK: Over 155.5 million

Total number of patient record look up queries via the VHR from January - August 2015: 1,031,963

Total number of practices with EMRs connected to HEALTHeLINK: 330
New Data Sources
Buffalo Ultrasound (ADTS, Rads, Images)

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

4. Roswell Park Registration
6. Cardiology Group of WNY
7. WNY Urology Associates
8. Buffalo Cardiology and Pulmonary Associates
9. Windsong Radiology
10. Erie County Public Health
What people are saying about HEALTHeLINK
"Buffalo Ultrasound is committed to any collaborative effort benefiting our community, especially the frailest member confined to long term care facilities or their own home. This partnership benefits everyone by expediting care and reducing costs."

   - Michael Straeck, president & CEO, Buffalo Ultrasound
Brookings Institution study of HEALTHeLINK use in ED reveals test reduction
Researchers at the Brookings Institution in cooperation with HEALTHeLINK, conducted a study to examine the impact of the use of health information exchange (HIE) technology on reducing laboratory tests and radiology examinations in emergency departments at three area hospitals. The results of the study, which were recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Associations and the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings, show a significant reduction in the duplication of tests. For more information click here.
New technology platform launches later this year
HEALTHeLINK is getting a new look! We are implementing a new technology platform, which will address many enhancements you, our participants, have been asking for in addition to offering an overall improved user experience. By updating the platform, providers will have access to more robust information which directly impacts decision-making at the point of care. We are targeting the end of 2015 for the new platform to launch. 

Once launched, participants will notice a new look and feel to the interface, with more user-friendly features, including the ability to configure the view based on a user's preference. HEALTHeLINK will also be accessible from a variety of browsers including current versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari and Firefox. In the future, there will also be improved and more discrete alerting capabilities along with the ability to capture and make available for consented patients the data from their doctors' electronic health records (EHRs) for access by other treating providers.

In the coming weeks, HEALTHeLINK staff will be reaching out to participating providers and practices with information about on-site training sessions and future webinars to assist with the transition. For more information on the new platform and its new features, please visit our website.
Launch of quality data evaluation tool
In partnership with HEALTHeLINK, Stella Technology launched its next-generation software product, Inspector of Quality Healthcare Data (iQHD). With iQHD, healthcare organizations can now measure the quality of their clinical data with a scalable and automated tool, quickly and efficiently. As part of the New York Medicaid Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program, HEALTHeLINK is using the iQHD tool to ensure we receive the exact data needed to report on and meet the program's requirements to help achieve the goals of the DSRIP-driven projects. More information can be found  here.
HEALTHeNET's ICD-10 Resource Center
Beginning October 1, 2015, all HIPAA covered entities must use the new ICD-10 code sets. The current ICD-9 code sets are out of date due to their limited ability to accommodate new procedures and diagnoses. ICD-10 incorporates greater specificity of codes, more clinical information contained in the codes, and updated terminology.

The use of ICD-10 will:
  • Improve the ability to measure health care services
  • Enhance the ability to monitor the population's health
  • Provide better overall data and decrease the need for supporting documentation when submitting claims
Click here to visit our HEALTHeNET ICD-10 Consortium webpage where you can learn more information on the transition, view previous webinars and access online resources. 
Buffalo Ultrasound joins HEALTHeLINK
Diagnostic quality images for both radiology and echocardiography studies as well as reports from Buffalo Ultrasound's testing centers including all mobile locations can now be securely and electronically accessed through HEALTHeLINK. Nearly 90% of the radiology reports generated in WNY hospitals and independent radiology centers are available to participating physicians through HEALTHeLINK.
VanDusen participates in KIA Memorial Road March
Mike VanDusen, a HEALTHeLINK consent administrator and former member of the military, recently participated in the KIA Memorial Road March. Held August 22 in Orchard Park, the March honors New York State service members who were killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan and raises funds to help local Veterans in need. HEALTHeLINK staff helped sponsor Mike's squad. (Mike is pictured far left)
Day of Caring
HEALTHeLINK staff participated in the 2015 United Way Day of Caring on August 19 volunteering with the seniors at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center calling bingo and serving them breakfast and lunch. This was the second year HEALTHeLINK has volunteered with this organization.  
McNichol competes at USA Triathlon Championship 
Last month, Technology Director Drew McNichol competed at the USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance National Championship held in Wisconsin. He finished middle of the pack placing #1,805 out of more than 2,600 participants. 

Congratulations Drew!
Clinical Innovation & Technology - HIE study shows reductions in test duplication
Diagnostic Testing & Emerging Technologies - Incorporating HIE Data into Care Cuts Use of Lab Tests
Health IT Outcomes - HIEs can reduce redundant testing
Lancaster Bee - Business Briefs
Niagara Frontier Publications - Elderwood joins HEALTHeLINK
North Buffalo Courier - Buffalo Ultrasound joins HEALTHeLINK


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