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BY: Metro Source Staff | December 16, 2012

Utilization of clinical information exchange improves quality of care and enhances patient safety

More than 400 physician practices and counting are now utilizing HEALTHeLINK, Western New York’s clinical information exchange, to improve the quality of patient care, enhance patient safety and reduce future health care costs through secure and electronic access to clinical information. Eastern Niagara Obstetrics and Gynecology in Lockport is the latest practice to join HEALTHeLINK.

HEALTHeLINK is a collaborative effort among Western New York health care organizations for providers to share medical information, such as lab results, radiology tests, prescription histories, and more through an electronic information exchange. Patients authorize physicians who are involved in their care to access their health information through HEALTHeLINK by signing a consent form, which can be obtained at their physician’s office or by downloading from HEALTHeLINK’s website, www.wnyhealthelink.com. More than 450,000 Western New Yorkers have already given their health care providers better access to the information they need by giving their consent.

HEALTHeLINK, a not-for-profit organization, was established through funding from BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, The Catholic Health System, Erie County Medical Center Corporation, Independent Health Association, Kaleida Health, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Univera Healthcare and the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers Capital Grant Program (HEAL NY) from New York state. HEALTHeLINK also received one of the country’s largest awards as part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program.

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