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Lewiston practice joins HEALTHeLINK

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Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:15 pm

Lewiston-based Women's Medicine of Niagara is the latest health care organization to join HEALTHeLINK, Western New York's clinical information exchange.

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 treating physicians at the point of care.

More than 3,100 physicians throughout Western New York utilize HEALTHeLINK, with authorized patient consent, for immediate and secure access to medical information in order to improve the quality of care, enhance patient safety and reduce health care costs. By having this information readily available, physicians aim to quickly and safely treat their patients by avoiding harmful drug interactions or other potential complications.

In order to provide treating medical professionals access to one's information through HEALTHeLINK, a signed consent form is needed. To date, more than 630,000 Western New Yorkers have completed a HEALTHeLINK consent form. One can ask his or her physician for a copy 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. 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 is part of the statewide health information network of New York, a technology framework spanning the entire state that allows health care providers efficient access to their patients' data. 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, including being named a Beacon Community, an effort funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. For more information about HEALTHeLINK, visit wnyhealthelink.com.

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