HealtheNews December 2016

Wishing our Participants and Partners a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season!

We thank you for supporting our efforts and look forward to continued shared successes in the coming year! 

In this issue: 
  • HealtheConnections Links Up with Onondaga County’s Perinatal Referral Program
  • Real-Time Consent Uploads Implemented for Three EHRs
  • HealtheConnections' Population Health Improvement Efforts Featured in MDNews
  • Population Health Improvement Success in a Syracuse Neighborhood
  • Check Out Our Map of Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Programs in CNY!
  • Our Name in Lights: See our display at Lights on the Lake
  • Welcome to Our New Employee: Jeremy Smelski
  • Now Hiring: Business Intelligence Analyst, HIE Integration Analyst, Operations Support Specialist, and Provider Engagement Specialist
  • New HIE Participants
  • November HIE Statistics Snapshot
HealtheConnections Links Up with Onondaga County’s Perinatal Referral Program

HealtheConnections has added the capability to link to the Onondaga County Health Department (OCHD) Perinatal Referral process. This link can be made available through myConnections as a “badge” similar to Patient Lookup or Direct Mail access. The referral process was developed as part of the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Health Information Technology (HIT) Initiative, a grant received by OCHD Healthy Families Division. HealtheConnections is assisting OCHD with the initiative by providing project management, outreach and marketing assistance. 

When the badge is selected in myConnections, the perinatal referral form is displayed and can be filled in electronically. Once completed and submitted, the form is transferred to OCHD to be entered into PeerPlace, a HIPAA-compliant system that gives partner agencies and OCHD programs a secure space to share protected health information about patients. From there, patients are contacted regarding home visitation programs, insurance, primary care, or mental health services, among other maternal and child health (MCH) resources and information. This referral service is especially useful for OB-GYNs, family practices, clinics, pediatricians, etc. – any organizations that provide services for pregnant women or new mothers.

If you are interested in having this functionality added to your users’ accounts, contact HealtheConnections Support at support@healtheconnections.org and indicate “Perinatal Referral badge” in the subject line. If you have questions about the referral process, contact Karen Romano (kromano@healtheconnections.org) or Danielle Wert (dwert@healtheconnections.org).  

Real-Time Consent Uploads Implemented for Three EHRs
Three EHRs - Chartmaker, Greenway, and Medent - are now live with HealtheConnections to allow consents to be uploaded from the EHR system to the HIE in real time. This is a step-saver for many HealtheConnections participants, eliminating the need for dual entry of patient consents.

HealtheConnections is currently working with other EHRs to make this function available to more Participating Organizations. If your organization uses one of the EHRs listed above and you have questions about the automatic real-time consent upload, please contact your EHR vendor.

HealtheConnections’ Population Health Improvement Efforts Featured in MDNews
Many healthcare providers think of HealtheConnections as the RHIO (Regional Health Information Organization) for the region, and associate the organization with the specific services that help them access their patients’ records. In fact, HealtheConnections takes part in a broader set of activities in service of the Triple Aim’s better care, better health and lower healthcare costs.

HealtheConnections’ Population Health Improvement team, which began work in February 2015, engages with a large and diverse network of stakeholders to improve the health of Central New Yorkers, using a variety of strategies, from promoting best practices for clinical prevention to community-wide prevention that benefits the total population. This work is supported by several state and national funders.

Population Health Improvement Success in a Syracuse Neighborhood
Through our Local IMPACT project, HealtheConnections and partners implement multiple, complimentary strategies relating to healthy eating, active living, and chronic disease prevention and management programs simultaneously, to improve the health of the CNY region.

At three Syracuse Housing Authority (SHA) properties in Syracuse, Healthy Neighbors Partnership (HNP) addresses health disparities by engaging with residents through grassroots, participatory processes and collaborating with local organizations to leverage their services and resources for the benefit of residents.

To achieve its goals, Healthy Neighbors Partnership employs people living in the SHA communities as Resident Health Advocates (RHAs) in a community health worker-like role. RHAs receive weekly education and training on the prevention of chronic disease through healthy eating, active living, and disease-specific prevention and management strategies. They then promote these strategies and programs to their fellow residents.

At the same time, with the assistance of HealtheConnections, Onondaga County Health Department, and the YMCA of Greater Syracuse:
  • Corner stores in the area improve the availability, pricing, and placement of healthy foods
  • Institutions serving the public, and worksites in the area implement policies to improve their food and beverage choices
  • Safe, accessible walking trails and social supports for walking are established
  • Lifestyle change and disease management programs are launched
The work of Healthy Neighbors Partnership and its RHAs, paired with the improvements made to community resources, make it so that important health information, improvements to the built environment, and accessible programming reinforce one another and surround people where they live, work, and socialize.

Making these improvements ensures that the activities promoted by the RHAs are available and accessible for community members. Each of these efforts is carefully planned to align with and reinforce the other health promotion activities and the messaging around them.

For more information on Local IMPACT, contact Bruce Hathaway, Senior Program Manager, at bhathaway@healtheconnections.org
Check Out Our Map of Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Programs in CNY!
Click here or on the image to the left to view our new map of the organizations in the region that offer the evidence-based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, Diabetes Self-Management Program, and National Diabetes Prevention Program.

This is an easy way to locate organizations offering the workshops in your area, and to find out more detail about how to make a referral or join one of the workshops yourself!    
Our Name in Lights: See our display at Lights on the Lake
If you drive through Lights on the Lake this year, you'll see HealtheConnections' light up display at the end of the route. We are proud to sponsor Lights on the Lake for the second year in a row!
Welcome to Our New Employee: Jeremy Smelski

Jeremy Smelski, Senior Technical Project Manager, has worked in the Health Information Exchange sector since early 2010. Jeremy was previously a Project Manager/Consult for Iatric Systems. In 2016, Jeremy consulted in an executive role as Regional Director to the Hudson Valley for HealthlinkNY. Jeremy also consulted as the lead Technical Project Manager for Rochester RHIO during a full technology stack migration in 2015. Prior to this, Jeremy worked at MEDENT EMR/EHR where he played a key role in building some of the early bi-directional CCD exchange and direct messaging projects in New York State. Jeremy earned his bachelor's degree in Integrative Neuroscience from Binghamton University in 2009.

Now Hiring: Business Intelligence Analyst, HIE Integration Analyst, Operations Support Specialist, and Provider Engagement Specialist
HealtheConnections is seeking candidates for: 

Visit our website for more details regarding each position and to learn how to apply.

Welcome New Participants
  • Spinal and Skeletal Pain Medicine
  • Seaway Valley Prevention Council
  • Henderson Fire Department, Inc.
  • NNY Behavioral Health
  • SUNY Morrisville Agricultural & Technical College 
  • American Red Cross North Country Chapter
  • Independent Health Care Services, Inc.
  • Spanish Action League of Onondaga County, Inc.
  • Southern Tier Dermatology & Aesthetics
  • STEP by STEP of Ogdensburg
  • The Mental Health Association in Jefferson County, Inc.
November HIE Statistics Snapshot

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