More than 370 physician practices and counting are now utilizing HEALTHeLINK, Western New York's clinical information exchange, to improve the quality of patient care through better access to clinical information.
Several Niagara County practices recently joined HEALTHeLINK, including Rama Bojedla Internal Medicine (Youngstown); Complete Senior Care (Niagara Falls); Giuseppina Kenyon-Savard, DO PC (Niagara Falls); Mount St. Mary's Primary Care (Lewiston); Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Family Practice Center (Niagara Falls); Niagara Nephrology (Niagara Falls); Fred Piwko, MD (Lockport); and Subash Ramchand, MD (Niagara Falls).
HEALTHeLINK is a collaborative effort among various health care organizations in Western New York for providers to share medical and clinical information, such as lab results, radiology tests, prescription histories, and more through a safe and secure electronic information exchange.
"By utilizing health information technology, we are helping health care providers to improve the quality of care and reduce costs through the elimination of duplicate tests," said Daniel Porreca, executive director of HEALTHeLINK. "With secure access to their patients' medical records, providers are able to obtain the information they need in order to make the best decisions for their patients immediately at the point of care."
Patients allow physicians who are treating them to access their health information by signing a consent form, which can be obtained at their physician's office or by downloading from HEALTHeLINK's website, www.wnyhealthelink.com. Nearly 400,000 Western New Yorkers have already given their health care providers better access to the information they need by giving their consent.
For more information on HEALTHeLINK and its patient consent process, visit www.wnyhealthelink.com or call 716-206-0993, ext. 311.
The not-for-profit organization was established through funding from BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, The Catholic Health System, Erie County Medical Center Corporation, Independent Health Association, Kaleida Health, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Univera Healthcare and the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers Capital Grant Program (HEAL NY) from New York state. HEALTHeLINK also received one of the country's largest awards as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program.
HEALTHeLINK stakeholders include a broad representation of health care professionals and organizations throughout the eight-county Western New York region, including the State University of New York at Buffalo, P2 Collaborative, Chautauqua County Health Network, the WNY Rural Area Health Education Center and local county public health departments.
For more information on HEALTHeLINK, visit www.wnyhealthelink.com.