HealtheConnections, in collaboration with regional partners, is pleased to announce the launch of a new website to provide access to population health data, evidence based practices, and information about regional health resources and activities. HealtheCNY (pronounced “Healthy CNY”, at www.HealtheCNY.org) will provide health departments, hospitals, and community-based health and human service providers with the resources needed to facilitate regional and community health improvement activities and strengthen collaboration in Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego counties.
Using HealtheCNY, organizations can view over 140 health and quality of life data indicators; map and visualize data, and generate tailored data reports; examine zip-code level maps of socio-economic need; browse through a database of over 2,000 evidence based practices and programs; access county specific pages with local data, priorities, health improvement activities, and resources; track progress towards county and regional goals for New York State’s Prevention Agenda, and use a tool for creating a community health needs assessment.
“Our vision for HealtheCNY was to provide Central New York with a vital resource to support population health improvement work in the region. This new site will engage diverse stakeholders, help pinpoint at-risk populations and areas of need, promote the implementation of programs proven to affect change, and provide tools to track and report on results at the community, county, and regional levels,” says Rob Hack, Executive Director of HealtheConnections.
HealtheConnections’ Population Health Improvement team developed HealtheCNY in partnership with Cayuga County Community Health Network, Seven Valleys Health Coalition of Cortland County, Madison County Rural Health Council, Central New York Health Home Inc. of Oneida County, Onondaga County Health Department, and Oswego County Rural Health Network.
HealtheCNY was guided by contributions from the HealtheConnections’ Regional Population Health Improvement Advisory Committee, which is composed of community leaders from healthcare, behavioral health, public health, and human service providers, higher education institutions, insurers, rural health networks, government agencies, and businesses from across Central New York.
“This much-needed tool has the potential to align health promotion efforts in Central New York. HealtheCNY will help move the needle on the region’s health priorities,” says Tom Dennison, Ph.D., Director, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and a professor at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is HealtheCNY?
HealtheCNY is an easy-to-use website that supports health improvement work in the Central New York region. It contains data, best practices, and resources for use by health departments, hospitals, community-based health and human service providers, and professionals from other sectors, such as education, transportation, and public safety.
What are HealtheCNY’s most important features?
Data: HealtheCNY hosts over 140 health and quality of life data indicators, and allows users to customize maps and reports in order to visualize and analyze data. HealtheCNY features zip-code level maps of socio-economic need to help users pinpoint at-risk populations and address local health disparities.
Best practices: HealtheCNY contains a database of over 2,000 proven practices and programs that can be tailored for program planning, implementation, and evaluation purposes.
Resources: HealtheCNY has a resource collection of over 150 data resources, community resources, reports, plans, internet resources, toolkits, fact sheets, and webinars that were selected based on their relevance for regional health improvement work.
Local focus: HealtheCNY is structured around six Central New York counties (Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego) and their health priorities. County-specific pages display data, priorities, local health improvement activities, resources, and partners. Tracking features within the site show county-level progress towards county and regional goals.
What are some examples of how HealtheCNY can be used?
Who created HealtheCNY?
HealtheCNY was created by HealtheConnections and community partners in each of six Central New York counties. A diverse group of community leaders also helped to shape the site via their participation in HealtheConnections’ Regional Population Health Improvement Advisory Committee.
Why was HealtheCNY created?
HealtheCNY was created to strengthen regional population health improvement efforts and promote collaboration, by centralizing and facilitating access to health data, tools, and resources. In doing so, HealtheCNY will fulfill specific needs expressed by health and human service providers across the Central New York region.
Who are the intended users of HealtheCNY?
HealtheCNY was designed for use by health departments, hospitals, and community-based health and human service providers. In addition to data, best practices, and resources valuable for people working in these settings, HealtheCNY contains information that professionals from other sectors, educators, students, and community members will find useful.
Who can I contact for questions or comments on HealtheCNY?
For media inquiries: Contact Alicia Schaumberg, Communications and Community Relations Coordinator at HealtheConnections. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 315-671-2241 ext. 260.
To ask questions, give feedback, share ideas for HealtheCNY, or request training: Contact the HealtheConnections Population Health Improvement team. Email: email@example.com, Phone: 315-671-2241 ext. 100.
To get involved in population health improvement work: Contact the HealtheConnections Population Health Improvement team. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 315-671-2241 ext. 100.
To connect with a partner in your county: Contact the HealtheConnections Population Health Improvement team. Email: email@example.com, Phone: 315-671-2241 ext. 100.
At HealtheConnections, we strive to offer healthcare providers with the connections they need to provide better patient care. By giving clinicians the tools they need in order to have easy access to their patient’s information, HealtheConnections helps bridge the gap between the patient, the healthcare organization, and the entire community.
One organization that fully utilizes the many opportunities HealtheConnections provides is Sullivan County Public Health. We spoke with Epidemiologist Haley Motola, MS to learn more about how Sullivan County Public Health benefits from our services.
Motola explained that the Health Department is comprised of a Certified Home Health Agency, an Epidemiology Department, the Early Intervention Program, Healthy Families of Sullivan, and Public Health Education and that they offer Public Health Nursing-visiting nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, childhood immunization clinics, adult immunization clinics, disease education and prevention promotion, rabies reporting, childhood lead poisoning prevention, and many other public services.
“The staff working within all of the Sullivan County Department of Public Health Programs help those who would otherwise have difficulty accessing care and are vital to our community health,” Motola said, adding that the overall goal of her department specifically is to prevent the spread of infectious agents and environmental concerns that harm human health and wellness.
How does HealtheConnections come into play within Motola’s department? “I use HealtheConnections every day to complete infectious disease investigations. I am able to access information such as illness onset, pre-existing conditions, notification of the patient of the diagnosis, symptoms, medication prescribed and provider contact information and more,” she said. She also indicated that HealtheConnections helps her organization locate information that can be difficult to obtain, such as insurance coverage and next-of-kin.
She also said that often, the patients they work with have provided a more thorough view of their disease progression to their provider or their local emergency department. They may not be able to recall all the pertinent details when Motola’s department investigates, which can negatively impact the investigation. “HealtheConnections has reduced the impact that recall bias has on important investigations by providing information from the patient at the time of the illness, instead of relying solely on recollection,” said Motola.
Time is frequently of the essence when it comes to disease investigation, and Motola is pleased that the services offered by HealtheConnections have cut down on that time. “I used to spend a great deal of time trying to find out information from providers on the phone. With HealtheConnections, I am able to spend more time talking to the patient during the investigation, with more lab information and diagnostic transcriptions. Having faster and more timely information has been the absolute most beneficial aspect of HealtheConnections within our department.”
How Sun River Health Uses HealtheConnections
HealtheConnections recently had the opportunity to work with Sun River Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center and one of the nation’s largest community health providers. Sun River Health was awarded a grant centered on creating a dashboard that would, of many things, help lower readmission rates and schedule follow-ups after an ED visit. One of the goals was to implement an alerting system in which secure files would be sent as an alert to their dashboard. HealtheConnections was able to assist by quickly setting up its daily digest alerting function through Sun River Health’s dashboard.
This is just one example of how organizations like yours can use HealtheConnections and the health information exchange to improve care.
Like all of our core HIE services, it is FREE.
If you are interested in learning more about HealtheConnections Alerts, or any other services we offer, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For a busy care manager, coordinating medical treatments, including administering assessments, developing care plans, and monitoring medication compliance to advocate for a patient’s health is no easy task.
Care managers serve as the main point of contact between the patient and practice and need to get in touch with various people to coordinate a patient’s care. But getting the right person on the phone or through email can be a challenge.
With HealtheConnections, care managers can view a patient’s medical summary, including provider notes, discharge information, medications, allergies, and more, all in one place.
No faxing. No calling. No waiting.
Care Managers leverage HealtheConnections’ services to:
“HealtheConnections is a huge part of follow-up. If there is a patient who is not in our hospital system, we can log into the myConnections portal, see why the patient was there, view provider notes, and receive discharge information all in one place. That way, we know what steps to take upon their discharge and assist the patient with any needed follow-up.”
-Care Manager Coordinator, St. Joseph’s Health
This is just one example of how your staff can use HealtheConnections and the health information exchange to improve care.
Like all of our core HIE services, it is at no cost.
If you are interested in learning more about HealtheConnections and the services we offer, email us at email@example.com