HEALTHeLINK is a culmination of several years of collaborative efforts by many stakeholder groups in the Western New York community. HEALTHeLINK is the Western New York Clinical Information Exchange, and is a non-profit organization established to develop a privacy-protected, community-based system for health care providers and consumers to securely and electronically share important medical and clinical information more efficiently.
HEALTHeLINK is a collaborative consortium of 900 organizations. The charter members are The Catholic Health System, The Erie County Medical Center Corporation, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Independent Health Association, Kaleida Health, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Univera Healthcare.
HEALTHeLINK was established in 2006 and serves eight (8) counties in Western New York. These counties are a mix of metropolitan and rural communities with 1.4 million people in the coverage area. A couple of the counties overlap with the Rochester RHIO as some rural hospitals participate in both. Their stated mission is to create and maintain a secure and reliable infrastructure for timely and accurate electronic exchange of clinical information among health care providers and others involved in the delivery of health care services in Western New York and connected via the State Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY). The ultimate goal of the organization is to enable and promote the use of technologies to support the Triple Aim: Better Health, Better Care, and Lower Costs.
As of December 2016, HEALTHeLINK consisted of 891 participating provider organizations representing 5,086 providers, 99% of all hospital beds, 85% of doctors and 5,838 trained users.
Dan Porreca, Executive Director, HEALTHeLINK, answers our questions below to address how HEALTHeLINK is positioned to support the MACRA reporting needs of its members.