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HealtheNews: August 2015 Issue


        In This Issue:

  • 70 Percent of CNYCC PPS Participants are HealtheConnections Participants
  • Data Exchange Incentive Program Providers Contribute Data to the HIE
  • Self-Management Programs Improve CNY's Health
  • Clinical Data Warehouse Makes Data Available for Analysis
  • Centrex Participants: Share your data with the HIE
  • Watertown Provider Forum to be Held in September
  • Going to the New York State Fair? Look for Our Tent!
  • New HealtheConnections Participants Announced
  • July HIE Statistics

70 Percent of CNYCC PPS Participants are HealtheConnections Participants

In June, HealtheConnections began, in collaboration with the Central New York Care Collaborative (CNYCC), to reach out to providers enrolled in the DSRIP program encouraging connectivity and increased usage of HealtheConnections' services to help attain the goals set forth by the program. 

In conjunction with CNYCC, HealtheConnections has participated in 16 on-site visits to assess the readiness of a hospital or practice for the DSRIP projects in which they have volunteered to participate. Assessments included HIT readiness, review of project requirements, baseline evaluations of current practices and opportunities to begin workflow analysis and redesign so that project milestones are attained. Additionally, HealtheConnections statistics regarding usage and consent, as well as bi-directional interface capabilities, were reviewed. 

Of the 213 participating organizations enrolled in the CNYCC PPS DSRIP program, 148 have already enrolled in HealtheConnections, which is a DSRIP requirement. Participation allows providers to share protected health information (PHI) with other providers within a care team, be alerted when patients are admitted to or discharged from any of the hospitals within the 11-county HealtheConnections' region, and have access to a consolidated patient health record. 

If you have registered as a DSRIP partner and you are not a HealtheConnections participant, please contact Tamie Kiniry, Provider Engagement Specialist, at 

Data Exchange Incentive Program Providers Contribute Data to the HIE

The Data Exchange Incentive Program (DEIP), established by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) with support from CMS, is increasing Medicaid provider participation in the Health Information Exchange (HIE) and the contribution of clinical data through EHR interfaces. Participating organizations are eligible to receive up to $30,000 in financial reimbursements for Meaningful Use Stage 1 eligible Medicaid providers. This requires exchanging clinical data with a QE (Qualified Entity) such as HealtheConnections and is achieved when five of the following seven data elements are electronically sent via a CEHRT (Certified EHR Technology) through a bi-directional exchange with a QE: Demographics, Encounters, Labs, Medications, Allergies, Procedures, and Diagnoses.

Currently, there are eight Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and five other eligible provider organizations participating in DEIP through HealtheConnections. These participants are contributing data to the HIE through the following EHRs:

  • NextGen
  • GE Centricity
  • Vitera
  • Chartmaker

HealtheConnections is working with three other EHRs to make data sharing possible:

  • Allscripts
  • NetSmart
  • eClinicalWorks
For more information about the program, contact Danielle Wert, Provider Engagement Specialist: (315) 671-2241 x380 or 

Self-Management Programs Improve CNY's Health

A key focus of HealtheConnections' Population Health Improvement work is the identification, sharing, and promotion of evidence-based approaches to improving the region's health. An evidence-based approach to a population health problem is one that has been proven effective by research. 

Several agencies in Central New York offer evidence-based programs to improve self-management of chronic disease, and the factors that contribute to chronic disease. Two examples, Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) are backed by research from Stanford University, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, respectively. These programs, described below, are effective (and cost-effective) means of producing behavior change that leads to disease prevention in our CNY population. 

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is designed for people with one or more chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, depression, chronic pain, or diabetes. The focus of the program is not on the health conditions themselves, but on skill-building that can positively impact the course of any chronic disease. Over the course of six weeks, people with many different conditions come together as one group at a location in the community, such as a library, senior center, or church. Class topics include goal-setting, communication with family caretakers and healthcare providers, medication adherence, and nutrition. The class is led by two leaders, at least one of whom has a chronic condition themselves. 

Cayuga Community Health Network in Auburn, NY is beginning a new session of the CDSMP class, called "A Healthy You," in fall 2015. For more information on how to join the class, or refer another person to the class, contact Jessica Soule, or (315) 252-4212, or visit

National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) is designed for people that have been diagnosed with prediabetes or gestational diabetes, or those with a Body Mass Index of 24 or higher. This program, led by a trained Lifestyle Coach, focuses on weight loss through healthy eating and exercise. Like CDSMP, people come together for class in a community setting. However, NDPP classes continue for a full year, with more frequent meetings during the first six months. 

Seven Valleys Health Coalition in Cortland, NY is beginning a new session of NDPP class in fall 2015. For more information on how to join the class, or refer another person to the class, contact Erin Ladoceour at or (607) 756-4198, or visit 

Clinical Data Warehouse Makes Data Available for Analysis

A new repository for clinical data, containing data sourced from the health information exchange (HIE), is now up and running. HealtheConnections' Analytics & Reporting Services team has successfully loaded this clinical data warehouse with a variety of data including diagnoses, vitals, lab results, medications, encounters, procedures, and more. With this robust content available, it is possible to perform broad or detailed exploration, analysis, and reporting across all HealtheConnections data contributors. 

One key activity this past month included warehouse demonstrations to the HealtheConnections board of directors as well as to several large data providers. The overall feedback was extremely positive relative to the depth and breadth of data. Over the next month, the next focus of this project will be to evaluate the demonstration feedback to further refine analytical and reporting requirements. 

The HealtheConnections Analytics Business Model is progressing to include common processes for warehouse access, security, documentation, training, and support. Other initiatives include a data quality audit to ensure the completeness, consistency, and availability of warehouse content by data provider source.

Centrex Participants: Share your data with the HIE

HealtheConnections is working with Centrex and its clients to share laboratory results and reports with the health information exchange (HIE). By allowing Centrex to share your organization's results and reports with the HIE, you provide vital information to a patient's comprehensive electronic medical record, giving other HealtheConnections' users a more complete view of a patient's medical history. You will also benefit - as other Centrex organizations share their data, it will become available for you to view within the HIE. 

This interface is already in place, so all that is required to share your data is to authorize the release of your information to the HIE. Forty-seven Centrex participants have given permission for their data to be shared.

To authorize your data to be shared with the HIE, contact Eileen Begley, Provider Engagement Specialist at 

Watertown Provider Forum to be Held in September

HealtheConnections, in partnership with Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, will hold a Provider Forum in Watertown this September for healthcare organizations in the North Country to learn about the benefits of using an EHR and accessing the health information exchange (HIE) through HealtheConnections. More information regarding the event, including panelists, date, and location, will be available soon.

Going to the New York State Fair? Look for Our Tent!

HealtheConnections will be at the Great New York State Fair on Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1. Our tent will be located near Gate 2, right outside of the Science and Industry Building. Stop by to learn more about our organization and how you can get HealtheConnected.

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HIE Adoption

Welcome New Participants

Catholic Charities of Madison County

Hospice & Palliative Care Services

Family Medicine of Northern NY

Adirondack Radiology Associates, PC

Jefferson County Correctional Facility 

United Helpers Care, Inc. DBA MOSAIC

Cayuga Community Health Network

Open MRI of Mohawk Valley

Dr. Scott Springstead, DC PC

Medicare Made Simple, LLC

The Women's Wellness Place

Recovery Counseling, LLC

Richard M. Sleeper, MD

HIE Statistics

513 Participating Organizations
  • Hospitals: 21
  • Practices: 273
  • Other Healthcare Entities: 206
  • Labs: 20
  • Radiology: 24
July 2015 Statistics

Patient Lookup
  • Users Accessing HIE: 978
  • Log-ins: 11,971
  • Documents Viewed: 30,195

Results Delivery
  • Providers: 816
  • Documents Delivered: 65,054
Connected EHRs for Results Delivery

GE Centricity

Continuity of Care Document (CCD) Exchange

  • Practices sending CCDs: 67
  • Total CCDs received monthly: 168,898
Connected EHRs for CCD exchange:

GE Centricity

(Under "Healthcare Providers")

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