November 2018 Newsletter

Collaborating to Provide Better Care: Immunizations

sHealtheConnections facilitates Kinney Drugs automated submissions to NYSIIS

Beginning in early 2018, HealtheConnections and Kinney Drugs have worked together to bring a new, feature to their pharmacists. They are now able to automatically submit immunization records to the New York State Immunization System (NYSIIS) through HealtheConnections, the health information exchange (HIE).

HealtheConnections has been connected with NYSIIS for the last few years, bringing immunization information to providers treating patients in the 11 counties of Central New York that make up our service area. NYSIIS was built to house complete, accurate, secure, real-time immunization records for the state, and as a part of the HIE, providers can access these records when treating their patients to have a comprehensive understanding of their health needs. It was the natural connection to assist Kinney Drugs, who is already contributing to the HIE, to contribute directly to NYSIIS.

By implementing this direct connection, HealtheConnections and Kinney Drugs are eliminating the need for manual entry, saving their pharmacists time by automating a previously tedious task. Kinney Drugs is the 4th largest chain drug retailer in the United States, and through this advancement, hundreds of pharmacists, their staff, and their patients will reap the benefits.

This work builds upon a previous collaboration that keeps pharmacists and physicians informed through a Medication Adherence alert, sent to the authorized parties if a patient has not picked up a critical medication at the appropriate time, allowing for better care management and medical intervention if necessary. Both companies have clearly demonstrated a history of innovation in health information technology, and future enhancements surrounding pharmaceutical data and HIE connections remain an exciting possibility.

To learn more about HealtheConnections and our work, we invite you to visit our website at

October 2018 New Participants

Bryan Popovici DPM
David P Jalowiec DC dba Valley Chiropractic     
Gadabout Transportation Services
Greater CNY Neurology Care PLLC
Jennifer L Stanton DC
Marcellus Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
Nephrology Associates of Watertown PC
Northbrook Heights Home for Adults, Inc
Nuravita Chiropractic
Roger Levine MD
St Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recover Center
The Kelberman Center
Tri County Medical PC
West Side Podiatry

New EMRs That Have Been On-Boarded

EMR Functionality Data Type
NextGen Bi-Directional CCD Flow Planned Parenthood Data

EMR Integrations in Process

HealtheConnections is currently in the process of implementing with the following Electronic Medical Records systems. These EMRs represent multiple organizations within the HeC footprint and will allow for their data to be shared with the community.

Accumedic Bi-Directional CCD flow Human Services/LTC Data
Amazing Charts Unidirectional CCD to HeC Primary Care Data
ClinicTracker (Kno2 HUB) Unidirectional CCD to HeC Primary Care Data
MatrixCare LPC (Kno2 HUB) Unidirectional CCD to HeC Primary Care Data
Mediture Bi-Directional CCD Flow Long Term Care Data
NextGen (x2) Bi-Directional CCD flow Planned Parenthood Data
P&NP Unidirectional CCD to HeC Practice Data

October New Data Sources

Data Source Data Type
CAP: Karen Laface MD PLLC Practice Data (CCDAs)
CNY Facial Surgery Group PC Practice Data (CCDAs)
Errol McKenzie MD PLLC (Family Medicine Associates of Fayetteville) Practice Data (CCDAs)
Madison County Health Department Practice Data (CCDAs)
Madison Irving Pediatrics PC Practice Data (CCDAs)
Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes Inc Practice Data (CCDAs)
Venkata R Mannava MD Practice Data (CCDAs)
Xavier Medical PC Practice Data (CCDAs)

New Data Types from Existing Data Sources:

Data Source Data Type
Samaritan Medical Center Long Term Care Data (HL7v2)

October HIE Statistics

Patient Lookup

  • Users Accessing the HIE: 3,149
  • Logins: 50,523
  • Documents Viewed: 88,013
  • Total Patients Accesses: 63,055

Data Contribution

  • Clinical Records Received: 6,650,405
  • Patient Encounter Summaries (CCDs) Received: 857,525

Results Delivery

  • Results Delivered: 190,401
  • Total Practices: 160
  • Total Recipients Configured: 1,779

Total Alerts: 1,766,469

  • Emergency Department Registration: 809,239
  • Emergency Department Discharges: 642,274
  • Inpatient Admission: 71,412
  • Discharge from Inpatient Stay: 228,411

Direct Mail

  • Total Users: 3,572

Data Contributors

  • Hospitals: 7
  • Labs (including hospitals): 206
  • Imaging Centers (including hospitals): 10
  • Practices: 10

Participating Organizations
Total Participating Organizations: 857

  • Hospitals: 23
  • Practices: 443
  • Public Health: 12
  • FQHC: 9
  • Behavioral Health: 137
  • Other Healthcare Entities: 188
  • Labs (including hospitals): 28
  • Radiology Centers (including hospitals): 41