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Niagara County practices join HEALTHeLINK

by jmaloni

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Tue, Mar 11th 2014 11:45 am

HEALTHeLINK today announced the addition of Norman Fiorica, M.D., in Lewiston; Jude Violante, D.P.M. in Niagara Falls; Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Infectious Disease; and The Wound Center of Niagara to Western New York's clinical information exchange. Currently, more than 3,000 physicians and all of the hospitals throughout Western New York are connected to HEALTHeLINK to improve quality of care, enhance patient safety and reduce health care costs.

HEALTHeLINK is a collaborative effort among the region's hospitals, health insurance plans, physician offices, and other health care organizations to allow medical information that has been recorded electronically to be accessed by the physicians who need it, when they need it, and where they need it. With HEALTHeLINK, physicians can have immediate and secure access to this information and can quickly and safely treat their patients by avoiding harmful drug interactions or other potential complications.

Authorization is needed to provide treating medical professionals access to the information needed to care for one more effectively. Nearly 600,000 Western New Yorkers have completed a HEALTHeLINK consent form to date. If interested, contact your physician or download one at wnyhealthelink.com.

HEALTHeLINK, the Western New York clinical information exchange, is a collaboration among the region's hospitals, physicians, health plans and other health care providers to serve the eight counties of western New York state. HEALTHeLINK was created to enable the exchange of clinical information in secure and meaningful ways to improve both efficiency and quality, while also helping to control health care costs. Patients who provide consent allow physicians and providers directly involved in their treatment to securely access relevant medical information via HEALTHeLINK, resulting in more timely and effective treatment at the point of care.

HEALTHeLINK has been recognized for its work in building a regional health information technology infrastructure and for testing innovative approaches by both state and federal agencies. It was named a Beacon Community, an effort funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

For more information about HEALTHeLINK, visit www.wnyhealthelink.com.

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