History

Overview

HealtheConnections is a product of the Health Advancement Collaborative of Central New York (HAC-CNY), a regional collaborative of leaders in health care, business, and insurance formed in 2005 to address shared concerns about health care access, quality, and costs in Central New York.

Timeline

2019

2009

Building the RHIO: Successfully negotiated a 3-year, $12 million sustainability plan to build HealtheConnections RHIO Central New York with businesses, insurers, and hospitals before accepting any public funds. Created funding stream beyond grant funding. Awarded $900,000 in federal appropriations funds and $2.1 million in New York State HEAL 5 funds to launch HealtheConnections RHIO’s health information exchange (HIE).

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2010

Rob Hack appointed first employee and Executive Director to begin implementation of the HIE. Launched the HIE: Information shared from Upstate University Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Crouse Hospital, Community General Hospital and Laboratory Alliance of Central New York.

2019

2011

Awarded designation with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) as a Regional Extension Center for Central New York; assisting physicians with implementation and meaningful use of electronic health records. Entered into an affiliation with the CNY Health Systems Agency, a regional health planning organization. For the first time in New York State, this brought a RHIO and population health planning organization under one governance structure.

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2012

Awarded a $900,000 HEAL 10 health planning grant to conduct emergency department utilization and long-term care availability studies. Actively participated with the Upstate Health Planning Coalition, sharing information and expertise across five health planning/improvement organizations to develop uniform health metrics and information needs. Played a central role in the development of regional health homes and DSRIP projects by supporting their needs for clinical information sharing, population health management and improvement, analytics and performance management.

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2014

Became a Qualified Entity: Received New York State funding as a qualified entity of the State Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY). Together, QEs form a network of networks where a participating provider (With patient consent) can search for and exchange electronic health information in a timely and secure manner with any other participating provider in the state. Voted to consolidate the RHIO and health planning operations under one executive director and re-focus its health planning and improvement work away from a traditional, regulatory health planning model to one based on population health management and improvement.

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2015

Population Health Improvement: Expanded services to include Population Health Improvement, spurred by being selected in 2014 by the New York State Department of Health to serve as a contractor for Central New York as part of the Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP). Awarded $2.4 million over two years to fund work in Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego counties.

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2016

Developed new and continued to refine existing health information exchange services, including laying the foundation for the most advanced alerting and imaging services in the state.

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2018

Entered into a strategic partnership with HealthlinkNY, the RHIO of the Southern Tier and Hudson Valley. The evaluation process lasted for the better part of a year, and ended with HealtheConnections being selected over other RHIOs in the state based on performance culture, proven track record of success, and commitment to a shared mission.

2019

2019

This expanded the 11-county service area to 26 counties in Central New York, Southern Tier, and into the Hudson Valley.

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2019

HealtheConnections and HealthlinkNY Merge: Announced intent to merge with HealthlinkNY, with both companies moving forward together under the HealtheConnections brand. This expanded the 11-county service area to 24 counties in Central New York, Southern Tier, and into the Hudson Valley.