HealthlinkNY has enjoyed a year of tremendous growth, and emerged as the healthcare information hub in the Hudson Valley, Catskills, and Southern Tier in New York.
We make it possible for different providers to seamlessly collaborate in caring for the same patient, even if they work for different health systems and use different electronic health record (EHR) vendors.
We also drive healthcare improvement by making delivery better and more efficient. When providers exchange data through the Health Information Exchange (HIE), we control costs by reducing preventable re-admissions and duplicative testing.
We are leading several groundbreaking population health initiatives targeting healthcare disparities and mental/behavioral health needs in our region. Our HIE serves as the backbone of the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program for all four Performing Provider Systems (PPSs) in our service territory.
Where We Are Today
There are no shortcuts or tricks to get the job done. It has taken us 12 years to get to where we are today. I am happy to report that all 42 hospitals in our 13-county service area are now participating in HealthlinkNY. We are connected to two nearby hospitals in Pennsylvania, because patient care does not stop at the state line.
In addition, many different types of providers are participating in the HIE, including behavioral health entities, long-term care facilities, home healthcare agencies, and EMS providers, among others. This allows all of a patient’s providers to collaborate in managing the patient’s needs across the entire continuum of care.
Focused on the Future
HealthlinkNY is always thinking about tomorrow. We are exploring:
• How we can connect to more providers in neighboring states, laying the groundwork for a national HIE;
• How we can use our trove of HIE data to drive research, clinical trials, and payer reporting;
• How we can design early-warning-sign applications to trigger provider alerts, such as significant changes in a patient’s vital signs.
We have no doubt that we will achieve these goals, as we have succeeded before. We will continue to build relationships with everyone in the community—providers, patients, public health departments, payers, and officials. We can help them navigate the ever-changing landscape of healthcare. We are excited by all the future possibilities. We are ready to lead the way.