HEALTHeLINK today announced the Niagara County Department of Mental Health in Lockport, Schoellkopf Health Center in Niagara Falls, Tuscarora Health Center in Lewiston, YJH Medical in Niagara Falls and Yong B. Chi in Newfane are among the newest organizations to participate in Western New York's clinical information exchange. Currently, more than 3,400 physicians, all of the area hospitals and many additional health care providers are connected to HEALTHeLINK with a goal of improving the quality of care, enhancing patient safety and reducing 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 to be securely and electronically accessed, with authorized patient consent, by treating physicians. By having this information readily available, physicians can provide more timely and effective treatment at the point of care.
Approximately 735,000 Western New Yorkers have signed a consent form to provide treating medical professionals with the access to this relevant medical information through HEALTHeLINK. Those interested in participating can ask a physician for a copy or download one at HEALTHeLINK's website.
HEALTHeLINK is part of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), 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 on HEALTHeLINK, visit wnyhealthelink.com.