HealtheConnections has partnered with both the state and the federal government to give Authorized Users of the health information exchange (HIE) the ability to query the New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS) and the Veterans Administration (VA).
NYSIIS Immunization Query
With the launch of this new function, HIE users can now query NYSIIS to view a patient’s immunization history. HealtheConnections provides this query with the click of a button once a user has selected a patient within the system. The query result shows the immunizations known to NYSIIS and those which exist within the HealtheConnections database. Users can reconcile the immunizations between the two systems by selecting immunizations to be added to the HIE. If the patient is not known to HealtheConnections (i.e. if the patient is not in the HIE), the system then allows the user to add their patient to the database. The immunization query is enabled practice by practice, and a NYSIIS ID is required to enable the function.
Veterans Administration Patient Query
The VA and HealtheConnections are working together to allow HIE users to query the VA’s medical records system. Through the external document search function, the VA system can be queried for treatment received at any VA facility within the United States. The VA requires consent from the veteran to release the information, and HealtheConnections requires consent for the practice to receive the information.
Please contact HealtheConnections Support at email@example.com for more details or to set up a training for these features.
myConnections Launches for Health Information Exchange Access
This month, a new access portal, known as myConnections, will launch and be available for all users of the health information exchange (HIE). A single user ID and password combination will allow users to access all HealtheConnections applications in one place, making it easier to navigate between HealtheConnections’ applications.
Currently, there are two login screens for HealtheConnections’ Patient Lookup and Secure Messaging applications (see below): Patient Lookup gives users access to regional patient health records, while Secure Messaging (Direct Mail) application connects users to a secure email system for provider-to-provider sharing of patient health information.
The new login screen (below) will bring users directly to the myConnections portal:
The myConnections portal (below) displays icons for HealtheConnections applications.
The initial launch will include the following applications:
- Patient Lookup – Access to regional electronic patient records
- Direct Mail – Access to HealtheConnections-supported email system to communicate with other providers
- myAlerts – Notifies providers of specific patient activity: in-patient admittance, in-patient discharge, and Emergency Department registration
Application icons will only be visible if a user has access to that application. For example, if a user has access to myAlerts and Patient Lookup, then only those two icons will be available on the user’s myConnections portal. Additional applications will be released as they become available.
NOTE: If you have bookmarked the Patient Lookup or Secure Messaging (Direct Mail) login pages, these links will now redirect to the myConnections portal login page. The URL for myConnections is: hie.healtheconnections.org
myAlerts Service Available for Providers
Providers will be able to receive electronic notifications from a new HealtheConnections service, myAlerts, on Tuesday, April 28 at 6:00am. With myAlerts, providers can keep track of their patients’ real-time in-patient admissions, in-patient discharges, or Emergency Department registrations.
Incoming information is analyzed electronically by HealtheConnections and automatically generates an alert to subscribing providers. Alerts are delivered via Direct Mail to a secure designated email address. Alerts that do not contain protected health information (PHI) can be sent as a text message to a provider’s phone. Providers have the option to receive alerts individually as they are generated, or in a “daily digest” once a day.
600,000 admit, discharge or transfer messages are scanned daily from our data sources, triggering provider alerts.
myAlerts can help healthcare providers:
- Coordinate and avert unnecessary care for better patient care management
- Access real-time Admision/Discharge alerts for quick and appropriate intervention
- Follow chronically ill patients (e.g. CHF, COPD) to monitor emergent situations
Providers with NPIs will automatically be signed up for myAlerts. Healthcare professionals who do not have an NPI will not have access to myAlerts, but can contact HealtheConnections Support to get signed up.
HealtheConnections Support Phone: (315) 671-2241 x5
HealtheConnections Support Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact HealtheConnections Support with any questions:
(315) 671-2241 x5