October 2018 Newsletter

The HIE Works to its Fullest Potential When Providers and HIEs Alike Work Together Toward the Common Goal.

This September, HealtheConnections proudly announced a strategic partnership with HealthlinkNY. The goal? To accelerate growth and promote efficiency, innovation, and ultimately affect positive patient outcomes. As a team, the two QEs will connect providers from the northern border of New York City, through the Hudson Valley, and throughout the Southern Tier and Central New York to the Canadian border.

The partnership is the result of months of collaboration following HealthlinkNY’s decision to seek a strategic partner in 2017. Staci Romeo, Executive Director of HealthlinkNY, said she chose HealtheConnections because their technological platform fit our needs, and the quality of services and customer engagement processes align with HealthlinkNY’s mission and values. “HealtheConnections has proven technology and associated services that create value for providers. We’re thinking progressively and looking to offer resources such as tools to measure quality and support value-based care systems,” she explained. “We want a partner with innovative services and an unwavering commitment to providing value to healthcare professionals by enabling them to improve care and efficiency, as well as saving time and money.”

Rob Hack, President and CEO of HealtheConnections, said the strategic partnership was inspired, in part, by a statewide effort to optimize costs and efficiencies to increase use and adoption of regional health information exchanges (HIE) and the network that connects them all—the SHIN-NY, or the Statewide Health Information Network of New York. “HealtheConnections and HealthlinkNY have a shared vision of using health data to create healthier communities, improve healthcare delivery, and deliver value to providers. This type of progress can only be achieved through enhanced collaboration and looking beyond the status quo,” he said. “That’s what we’re trying to do here—accelerate the great work that has already begun. The HIE works to its fullest potential when all parties, providers and HIEs alike, work together toward the common goal.”

Together, HealthlinkNY and HealtheConnections will operate a service area that covers 24 counties, more than one-third of the 62 counties in New York State, and connect 100% of the region’s 66 hospitals. To ensure every one of their participants can make the most of what the HIE has to offer, the organizations will place heavy emphasis on customer engagement outreach, training, and support resources.

HealthlinkNY will begin to migrate its current HIE infrastructure to HealtheConnections’ platform in early 2019. It brings an expanded suite of services to its participants, including access to more databases, fully integrated analytics and reporting value-based payment support and advisory services, quality measurement, and more. However, this partnership yields benefits beyond enhanced technology. The breadth and depth of records available in a combined HIE will increase data exponentially, thus increasing the HIE’s utility to the community. HIE data offers great potential to support health system changes and prevention agenda priorities for the public benefit. It also introduces opportunities to share best practices and build on synergies in critical population health efforts.

Together, the two entities will be able to accelerate new participant growth, data contribution, development of new analytics, and community health improvement results.

To learn more about HealthlinkNY, visit healthlinkny.com.

To learn more about HealtheConnections, visit healtheconnections.org.

New Participants

Acacia Certified Home Care
Butternut Family Dentistry
CAP: Drs. Ferrer and Monaghan LLP
Cornerstone Chiropractic
NNY Health and Wellness LLP
Rahma Clinic

New EMRs That Have Been On-Boarded

EMR Functionality Data Type
PrecisionCare Bi-Directional CCD flow Human Services Data
Foothold Awards Bi-Directional CCD flow Human Services/LTC 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
ClinicTracker (Kno2 HUB) Unidirectional CCD to HeC Primary Care Data
MatrixCare (Kno2 HUB) Unidirectional CCD to HeC Primary Care Data
NextGen (x2) Bi-Directional CCD flow Planned Parenthood Data
P&NP Unidirectional CCD to HeC Practice Data
Mediture Bi-Directional CCD Flow Long Term Care Data

September New Data Sources

Data Source Data Type
A Shatla Neurology LLC Practice Data (CCDAs)
Challenge Work Solutions Human Services Data (CCDAs)
Cortland Regional Nursing & Rehab Center – SNF Practice Data (ADTs & CCDAs)
JM Murray Human Services/LTC Data (CCDAs)
Katherine Luther Health Care and Rehabilitation Center Inc Practice Data (ADTs & CCDAs)
Presbyterian Home and Services Practice Data (ADTs & CCDAs)
Schuyler Hospital – Seneca View Nursing Home Practice Data (ADTs & CCDAs)
Valley Health Services Inc Practice Data (ADTs & CCDAs)

New Data Types from Existing Data Sources:

Data Source Data Type
St Elizabeth Medical Center Hospital Data (CCDAs)

September HIE Statistics

Patient Lookup

  • Users Accessing the HIE: 3,087
  • Logins: 39,906
  • Documents Viewed: 9,405
  • Total Patients Accesses: 43,502

Data Contribution

  • Clinical Records Received: 5,565,282
  • Patient Encounter Summaries (CCDs) Received: 728,242

Results Delivery

  • Results Delivered: 169,300
  • Total Practices: 158
  • Total Recipients Configured: 1,755

Total Alerts: 1,665,880

  • Emergency Department Registration: 764,835
  • Emergency Department Discharges: 618,041
  • Inpatient Admission: 60,645
  • Discharge from Inpatient Stay: 207,250

Direct Mail

  • Total Users: 3,487

Data Contributors

  • Hospitals: 20
  • Labs (including hospitals): 23
  • Imaging Centers (including hospitals): 30
  • Practices: 197

Participating Organizations
Total Participating Organizations: 857

  • Hospitals: 23
  • Practices: 438
  • Public Health: 12
  • FQHC: 9
  • Behavioral Health: 135
  • Other Healthcare Entities: 187
  • Labs (including hospitals): 28
  • Radiology Centers (including hospitals): 41