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October 2019 Newsletter

HealtheConnections Honored with Distinguished Service Award

Each year, the Onondaga County Medical Society recognizes one organization or individual for distinguished service to area patients, physicians, hospitals and the general public. HealtheConnections is proud to accept OCMS’s Distinguished Service Award for 2019.

“The awards committee wished to especially highlight HealtheConnections’ transformative role in how healthcare is delivered in our community,” said Erika Barry, Executive Director of the Onondaga County Medical Society.

HealtheConnections and OCMS have been close partners since its inception, working together to build connectivity, improve interoperability, and support healthcare providers with technology and services that enable them to give optimal care to their patients. In Onondaga County and the surrounding counties of the Central New York region, more than 90% of licensed providers are contributing and sharing data. Due in part to the support and collaboration of regional medical societies and their members, HealtheConnections has quickly grown to one of the highest-performing Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) in New York State.

2019 marks HealtheConnections’ 10th year of operation, as well as a recent expansion to a 26-county service area. President and CEO Rob Hack acknowledges it as a year of progress and opportunity with a renewed commitment to mission.

“On behalf of our team, Board of Directors, participants and stakeholders, we are honored and humbled,” said Hack. “We appreciate the Society’s recognition of the important mission we serve through collaboration with all our healthcare and community-based participants.”

Addressing the Opioid Crisis

How HealtheConnections Uses HIE Data and Analytics to Affect Population Health Improvement

The opioid crisis is a top issue in the public health space, one in which HIE data could provide valuable insights to inform a coordinated response. In partnership with a county health department in our service area, HealtheConnections has launched a pilot program for opioid surveillance that supports their efforts.

HealtheConnections built a self-service surveillance application to be added to its community myData system. myData is a platform that uses HIE data, dashboards, and registries to help a clinician easily access and understand their patient profiles, identify gaps in care, and see how they rank in quality measures.

This surveillance application contains opioid-related hospitalization data to assist the county’s opioid work group to take action. By providing them with nearly real-time hospital discharge data, they are able to monitor the opioid epidemic in their county and identify clusters of overdoses to guide intervention strategies. HealtheConnections’ application allows the task force to visualize the data in maps or lists, with filtering options that help them answer questions about their population, identify trends, and develop targeted solutions.

Similar hospitalization data are currently available to the county health departments through state reports, but there is a caveat – there’s typically a 6-12 month lag time. At that point, the information has significantly decreased in value. With HIE data through HealtheConnections, that time is closer to 24 hours.

The surveillance project is currently in pilot stages with the intent to roll out on a broader scale.
Health information exchange has proven to be a critical tool in support of clinical action, developing technologies that support interoperability and access to data that providers require at their fingertips. With the onset of value-based care structures, the need for data-driven solutions has only grown.

HealtheConnections has developed analytics tools like myData in response to this need. We’ve built a foundation of services and technology that drive clinical action, but there is untapped potential to take these same concepts and bring additional value to a new audience. Local health departments and population-level initiatives can benefit from partnerships with regional HIEs and take advantage of New York’s robust statewide network of health information. By leveraging our breadth of HIE data, services and analytics experience, we can also support our partners taking population-level action.

Meet Our New HIE Participants!

CNY, North Country & Southern Tier

  • Bartles Pharmacy Inc
  • Sunshine Dental PC
  • Donna Heffernan MD
  • Oneida Health Roswell Park Oncology LLC
  • Mackay Rippey LAc
  • Truth Pharm

Hudson Valley

  • Central Park Podiatry
  • Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland Inc
  • Riverview Psychiatric Medicine PC
  • Symphony Medical PC
  • Kevin Mathison MD PC
  • Vincenzo A Cirillo MD
  • Doctors United Inc
  • Mohan Cheema MD
  • Central Park Podiatry
  • Dr. Mark Spina PC
  • Jay G Levine DPM
  • Jay J Mermelstein DPM

Meet Our New Data Sources!

The following organizations are now sending the full practice data set via CCDA to the HealtheConnections HIE.

  • Advanced Asthma and Allergy of NNY
  • Carthage Area Hospital
  • CHP – Cayuga Family Medicine PC
  • Mohawk Valley Nephrology Assoc., LLP
  • Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • eRiver Neurology of New York, LLC (Samual Kozser)