Health information exchange (HIE) continues to improve care quality, enhance patient safety, and reduce healthcare costs, but more providers need to employ HIE to maximize its potential, according to a report to the community from HEALTHeLINK.
HEALTHeLINK has worked to increase HIE in Western New York over the past year, reaching and then surpassing a million patient consents in 2017. In addition, approximately 96 percent of consented patients authorize their health information to be shared among treating providers.
By participating in the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), HEALTHeLINK allows participating physicians to access patient data from outside Western New York. Physicians can also see if there is clinical information on their patients from other New York regional health organizations.
(Source: HealthIT Analytics)