HEALTHeLINK recognizes Niagara County primary care practices
With the support of a New York State Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law Phase 10 grant, which was awarded to HEALTHeLINK, these practices used PCMH standards to organize care around their patients, utilize technology wherever possible, and work with other health care professionals to coordinate and track care over time, including arranging for appropriate care with other qualified providers as needed.
In addition HEALTHeLINK worked with Catholic Medical Partners, Health Now, Independent Health Association and P2 Collaborative of Western New York, to support the implementation of these PCMH standards.
“Health information technology is a vital component of a fully functioning Patient Centered Medical Home model, as exhibited by these practices,” said Daniel Porreca, HEALTHeLINK’s executive director. “This certification shows a deep commitment by the practice to provide the highest quality of patient care.”
By building on current health information and using improved clinical processes, these primary care practices are now able to pull labs, radiology and hospital results through HEALTHeLINK and then integrate these results with electronic patient data generated from the practice to provide well-informed diagnoses and care coordination for patients. Throughout the three-year project, HEALTHeLINK more than tripled the original goal of assisting 15 practices in achieving PCMH certification.
Those following practices in Niagara County were recognized by HEALTHeLINK for achieving PCMH certification:
• Dr. Christopher Beney of Lockport.
• Dr. Ronald J. Clarke of Niagara Falls.
• Eaton Medicine of Lockport.
• Niagara Family Medicine of Lewiston.
• Suresh Sofat, MD of Lockport.
• TMO Medical of Niagara Falls.