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Heritage Ministries now providing data feeds to HEALTHeLINK
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Heritage Ministries now providing data feeds to HEALTHeLINK

Heritage Ministries in Jamestown has joined HEALTHeLINK, as a long term care data source supplying clinical information securely and electronically to Western New York’s clinical information exchange. With authorized patient consent, treating physicians can now access admission, discharge and transfer notices from Heritage Ministries to improve transitions of care.

“In a setting like Heritage Ministries and other long term care facilities, being able to streamline communications among the various transitions of care through HEALTHeLINK is critical in ensuring that the patient receives the most effective and efficient treatment and all treating physicians have a complete picture of that patient’s medical history,” said Dan Porreca, HEALTHeLINK’s executive director.

HEALTHeLINK is a collaborative effort among Western New York’s major health care organizations with the goal of providing physicians and medical staff with immediate secure access to clinical information on patients in their care including admission, discharge and transfer messages, lab and radiology reports, radiology images, and other transcribed reports – regardless of where that information may have been recorded.  This information is available to licensed health care providers such as physicians and nurses only when a patient provides authorization by signing a consent form.  More than 712,000 Western New Yorkers have signed a HEALTHeLINK consent form. Heritage Ministries is the fourth long term care organization to participate in HEALTHeLINK.

"Heritage Ministries is committed to promoting, hope, dignity, and purposeful living. One of the many ways that we achieve that daily is with the use of technology and effective business partners," said Mark Wilcox, director of MIS, Heritage Ministries. "The implementation of HEALTHeLINK is a perfect example of using technology and effective business partners to further improve the care of our residents."

Heritage Ministries is a not-for-profit organization which manages and operates human service ministries in Chautauqua County. Headquartered in Jamestown, Heritage Ministries directly serves more than 600 residents on a daily basis at Heritage Green Rehab & Skilled Nursing, Heritage Park Rehab & Skilled Nursing, Heritage Village Rehab & Skilled Nursing, Heritage Village Retirement Community and The Woodlands Senior Living Community. 

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About HEALTHeLINK:  HEALTHeLINK, the Western New York Clinical Information Exchange, is a collaboration among the region’s hospitals, physicians, health plans and other health care providers to serve the eight counties of western New York State. HEALTHeLINK was created to enable the exchange of clinical information in secure and meaningful ways to improve both efficiency and quality, while also helping to control health care costs. Patients who provide consent allow physicians and providers directly involved in their treatment to securely access relevant medical information via HEALTHeLINK, resulting in more timely and effective treatment at the point of care.

HEALTHeLINK is part of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), a technology framework spanning the entire state that allows health care providers efficient access to their patients’ data. HEALTHeLINK has been recognized for its work in building a regional health information technology infrastructure and for testing innovative approaches by both state and federal agencies, including being named a Beacon Community, an effort funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. For more information about HEALTHeLINK, please visit wnyhealthelink.com. 

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