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HealtheNews: April 2016 Issue


        In This Issue:

  • HealtheConnections Partners on Trinity Health's Transforming Communities Initiative
  • Two New Topic Pages on HealtheCNY
  • HealtheConnections Data Quality Initiative
  • HealtheConnections Holds Hospital Summits for Participating Hospitals
  • Wednesday Webinars Focus on myConnections Training, New Features
  • NYSDOH Data Exchange Incentive Program Update - A Win-Win!
  • HealtheConnections in the Community
  • Now Hiring: Business Intelligence Reporting Analyst, Clinical Practice Facilitator, Data Warehouse Developer
  • March HIE Statistics

HealtheConnections Partners on Trinity Health's Transforming Communities Initiative

HealtheConnections joins St. Joseph's Health, Onondaga County Health Department, Near Westside Initiative, Northside Urban Partnership, and Lerner Center at Syracuse University for Trinity Health's Transforming Communities Initiative. Through St. Joseph's Health, a part of Trinity Health, this Syracuse Health Coalition will address policy, systems and environmental changes, including local breast-feeding policies, increased access to indoor recreational space, and implementing elements of the city's complete streets plan. HealtheConnections will serve as an evaluator of the project. Read more.

Two New Topic Pages on HealtheCNY

Health Screenings Topic Page
The new Health Screenings Topic Page highlights an area of health promotion that is a New York State Prevention Agenda priority for several Central New York counties. Visit the Health Screenings topic page on HealtheCNY to: 
  • View data about a variety of health screenings, from cholesterol to cancer
  • Learn about which screenings are offered locally, and the organizations that provide them
  • Find links to quality background information about screening recommendations, best practices, and other resources
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The new Mental Health Topic Page highlights an area of health promotion that is a New York State Prevention Agenda priority for several Central New York counties. Visit the Mental Health topic page on HealtheCNY to:
  • View data on suicide death rates and hospitalization rates due to mental illness
  • Compare mental health data indicators for your county to other local counties
  • Learn about strategies for the prevention and treatment of mental health issues that are being implemented by local organizations
  • Find resources, best practices, and funding opportunities related to mental health promotion
For more information about HealtheCNY or HealtheConnections' Population Health Improvement work, please email 

HealtheConnections Data Quality Initiative

As part of the new SHIN-NY regulation (see article above), Article 28 hospitals will be required to send a minimum dataset to the health information exchange (HIE) by April 2017. The elements include: 
  • Demographics (often and preferably accomplished by Admit Discharge Transport messages, known as "ADTs") including: Patient Name, Sex, Date of Birth, Race, Ethnicity, and Preferred Language
  • Encounters
  • Medications
  • Labs
  • Allergies
  • Procedures
  • Diagnoses/Problems
  • Transition of Care Documents*
  • Care Plans*
*If applicable

This initiative aims to increase the breadth and depth of patient information from all data sources. In addition, there will be a renewed focus on the data content to ensure consistency to meet industry standards. For example, Gender Code may be sent in by some sources as "Male/Female" or "M/F" or "1=Male/2=Female", which is dependent on coding that has been set up in their respective systems. HealtheConnections' goal will be to insert key standards into the process to make the data more standardized and meaningful. This will support reporting measures and other analytical uses of clinical data to track and monitor the health of the community.

HealtheConnections Holds Hospital Summits for Participating Hospitals

HealtheConnections is scheduling meetings with senior leadership of each hospital to continue our partnership addressing clinical and HIE needs and requirements. These summits are a means for HealtheConnections to collaborate more closely with hospitals, present opportunities that can be meaningful within their workflow, and provide services to help achieve new goals. Summits will be held at each hospital between now and the end of May 2016. 

Summit Schedule
  • Rome Memorial Hospital - Thursday, March 10
  • Oneida Healthcare - Thursday, March 31
  • River Hospital - Friday, April 1
  • Clifton-Fine - Friday, April 1
  • Oswego Health (IT) - Monday, April 4
  • Oswego Health (Clinical) - Tuesday, April 5
  • Cortland Regional Medical Center - Wednesday, April 6
  • Crouse Hospital - Tuesday, April 19
  • Lewis County General Hospital - Wednesday, April 20
  • Carthage Hospital - Thursday, April 28
  • Upstate University Hospital - Tuesday, May 10
The remaining hospitals within HealtheConnections' 11-county region are in the process of being scheduled.

For more information, contact: 
Karen Romano, Director of Operations & Business Support
315-671-2241 x250 

Wednesday Webinars Focus on myConnections Training, New Features

Each Wednesday, HealtheConnections hosts a webinar training intended to teach new and veteran authorized users about the functions of the HIE web portal, myConnections. 

The first and third Wednesdays each month focus on the basic functions and is intended for new users OR veteran users in need of retraining. Remember, each authorized user MUST retrain once per year.

The second and fourth Wednesday sessions focus on new functions within myConnections and new services available to you as a Participating Organization of HealtheConnections.

Links to these trainings are available in the right column inside the myConnections homepage, after logging in.

For more information, contact: 
Mike DiGiovanni, Manager of Provider Engagement
315-671-2241 x330 

NYSDOH Data Exchange Incentive Program Update -  A Win-Win!

The Data Exchange Incentive Program (DEIP) offers funding to help offset the cost of connecting their electronic health record (EHR) systems to HealtheConnections.

Sixteen regional organizations - all participants of HealtheConnections - are enrolled in this program. To date, four of these participating organizations have completed interfaces with HealtheConnections to send patient health records from 83 providers, and have received over $71,000. The other 12 participating organizations, comprised of approximately 375 providers, are working with HealtheConnections to complete their interfaces which will yield in excess of $300,000 of funding. These 16 organizations utilize 10 different EHR systems: Amazing Charts, Chartmaker, eClinicalWorks, EPIC, GECentricity, Inforia, Medent, Netsmart, NextGen, and Vitera.

To qualify for this incentive program, your organization must have at least one Medicaid provider registered as an active fee-for-service provider via the NYSDOH MEIPASS system. Eligible Providers must meet a minimum 30% Medicaid patient encounter threshold (20% for pediatrics) and be Meaningful Use Stage 1 Eligible. 

The minimum incentive dollar is $10,500. HealtheConnections staff is available to discuss this opportunity with you. 

For more information, contact: 
Danielle Wert, Provider Engagement Specialist
315-671-2241 x380 

HealtheConnections in the Community

In the last month, HealtheConnections has participated in events around our region:

Nurses Night Out - Thursday, March 10
A record-breaking 700+ nurses and healthcare professionals attended this year's Nurses Night Out. HealtheConnections' Provider Engagement Specialists were on hand to provide information about becoming a participant and the services offered to all Participating Organizations. One lucky nurse brought home a $100 gift card to Mirbeau Spa, courtesy of HealtheConnections. 

Syracuse Heart Walk - Saturday, April 2
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HealtheConnections sponsored the American Heart Association's Syracuse Heart Walk for the third year in a row. As a team, HealtheConnections employees were able to raise $4,441 in donations toward the American Heart Association's goal of $570,000. Thank you to those of you who contributed to our team!

CNY Behavioral Healthcare Conference - Wednesday, April 6
Provider Engagement team members attended this year's second annual CNY Behavioral Healthcare Conference. Event attendees learned about HealtheConnections services that can assist behavioral healthcare professionals in caring for their patients, such as myAlerts and Patient Lookup. 

Does your organization have upcoming events? Let us know!

Alicia Schaumberg, Communications & Marketing Coordinator
315-671-2241 x260

Now Hiring: Business Intelligence Reporting Analyst, Clinical Practice Facilitator, Data Warehouse Developer

HealtheConnections is seeking candidates for:

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HIE Adoption

Welcome New Participants

Centre Syracuse, LLC

Northern New York Cerebral Palsy Association

Andrew Catalone, NP, PLLC

St. Lawrence Internists

Bailey Chiropractic

Northern Orthopedic Laboratory, Inc.

Wilder's Women's Healthcare

Dermatology Consultants, LLC

Jefferson Rehabilitation Center

David Ewing-Chow, MD, PLLC

Oneida County Health Department

March HIE Statistics

589 Participating Organizations
  • Hospitals: 22
  • Practices: 308
  • Other Healthcare Entities: 243
  • Labs: 25 (includes 19 hospital laboratories)
  • Radiology: 28 (includes 18 hospital radiology centers)

Patient Lookup
  • Users Accessing HIE: 1,077
  • Log-ins: 16,168
  • Documents Viewed: 38,659
  • Unique Patients Accessed: 20,040
Results Delivery
  • Providers: 1,000
  • Documents Delivered: 83,165
  • Results Delivered to Providers: 115,297

Connected EHRs for Results Delivery

GE Centricity

Continuity of Care Document (CCD) Exchange

  • Practices sending CCDs: 77
  • Total CCDs received monthly: 183,768
Connected EHRs for CCD exchange:

GE Centricity
Greenway Intergy
Peer Place

EHRs in Process of Integration for CCD exchange:


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