The LINK                                  December 2015/Issue 23
Percent of WNY practices who participate with HEALTHeLINK: 81%

Total number of patient consent forms signed: 763,459

Total results available through HEALTHeLINK: Over 161.8 million

Total number of patient record look up queries via the VHR from January - November 2015: 1,509,070

Total number of practices with EMRs connected to HEALTHeLINK: 329
New Data Sources
ACM Lab (Labs)

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. Buffalo Cardiology and Pulmonary Associates
7. Cardiology Group of WNY
8. Windsong Radiology
9. Erie County Public Health
10. WNY Urology Associates
What people are saying about HEALTHeLINK
"Elderwood is committed to leveraging technology in ways that can help our residents and patients. Our doctors and nurses already use an integrated medical records system; HEALTHeLINK adds an additional format to help physicians and patients access medical information."

   - Anna Bojarczuk-Foy, director of business development, Elderwood
Migration to new platform completed
As of December 1, all HEALTHeLINK participants are now live on our new technology platform. With the initial launch, participants will notice improved and more discrete alerting capabilities along with the ability to capture and make available for consented patients' data from their doctors' EHRs for access by other treating providers. Other features include accessibility from a variety of browsers, exchange of Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) with practices and hospitals, enhanced Clinical Event Notification (CEN) alerting to providers when their patients are admitted or discharged from a hospital as well as the ability to query for additional patient information and expanded exchange with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY).

Training videos on the new platform are available here. For questions or more information, contact your HEALTHeLINK account manager or call 716-206-0993 x 311. 
First fully electronic patient consent launched
Roswell Park approached HEALTHeLINK about working together to develop a HEALTHeLINK consent interface from their "MyRoswell" patient portal. The two organizations worked together to develop a fully electronic consent form within "MyRoswell" that allows a patient, once securely logged in, to consent to HEALTHeLINK and transmit their consent status in real-time to the HEALTHeLINK system. The interface went live on October 1. If interested in working with HEALTHeLINK to create a similar consent interface within your own patient portal, contact your account manager. 
ACM Medical Laboratory now a data source
As a data source, recent laboratory results from ACM Medical Laboratory's patient services centers in Albion, Batavia, Cuba, and Olean can now be securely accessed via HEALTHeLINK. Nearly 100% of laboratory results generated in Western New York hospitals and independent radiology centers are currently available to participating physicians through HEALTHeLINK.
DSRIP & Performing Provider System update
If you are a participant in the Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP) and part of the Performing Provider System projects as led by either Millennium Collaborative Care or
Community Partners of WNY, we want to be sure you are aware of the requirements for participation with the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY) in support of the project objectives. By connecting with HEALTHeLINK, you will be connected to the SHIN-NY. While project goals are being finalized, are you engaged with HEALTHeLINK?

If it is not currently in place, we can work to accelerate your engagement. 
  • If you have not signed a Participation Agreement with HEALTHeLINK, sign a Participation Agreement
  • If you are not yet capturing a HEALTHeLINK consent form from your patients, begin to capture consent from your patients
  • If you have an Electronic Medical Record system and it is not connected to HEALTHeLINK for both receiving data in and sending encounter data out, request that your vendor get that data exchange enabled. HEALTHeLINK is currently working with and connected to a number of EHR vendors on behalf of provider organizations, and it may be as simple as notifying them of your desire.
Take Meaningful Use to the next level
Medicaid Eligible Professional Expansion--Meaningful Use Program--The Medicaid Eligible Expansion Program (EP2) is an extension of the original Medicaid Specialists REC (Regional Extension Center) initiative to provide outreach, technical, and support services for EHR adoption and achieving Meaningful Use both Stage 1 and Stage 2. Medicaid providers previously ineligible to receive support from the RECs for earlier Meaningful Use initiatives are encouraged to enroll in this MU expansion program. The EP2 program is extended until 2016 and includes direct assistance support for EPs to achieve MU Stage 2. All eligible providers in Western New York are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to get help with achieving MU Stage 2. For more information please contact John Craik at 716-923-6573 or 
Porreca re-elected to SHIEC board
Dan Porreca, HEALTHeLINK's executive director, was recently re-elected to the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) board of directors for a two-year term and is currently serving as vice chair. SHIEC is a national consortium of statewide, regional and community health information exchanges (HIEs) that serves as a trade association to assist member organizations through the exchange of ideas and business practices as well as through public education of ideas and business practices and through public education and advocacy. Formed in late 2014, SHIEC members now total 28 HIEs across the country. For more information on SHIEC click here
Business First - Kaleida-Catholic Health collaboration trumps competitive issues  (mentioned as example of collaboration)
Jamestown Post-Journal - Clinical Practices Join Care Program


Proud to be part of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY)