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January 20, 2014

ENH joins clinical information exchange

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Eastern Niagara Hospital has become the last Niagara County hospital to join HEALTHeLINK’s Western New York Clinical Information Exchange, the regional patient information sharing program.

By joining HEALTHeLINK, Eastern Niagara Hospital’s Lockport and Newfane sites are now able to access and share patient health information electronically with health care providers across the region. The exchange allows health care providers to access consenting patients’ medical records, to gain important information such as blood type, vaccination history, allergy history and current prescription medical regimens.

“Hospitals are critical partners in fulfilling the promise of how health information technology can enhance patient care, especially as it pertains to serving diverse populations such as residents who live in rural areas like Eastern Niagara County,” said Daniel Porreca, HEALTHeLINK executive director. “As physician practices and other providers in Niagara County continue to join HEALTHeLINK, we are building on a very solid foundation enabling a robust and vibrant clinical information exchange that will benefit all residents.”

In addition to Eastern Niagara Hospital, all of the full service hospitals within the eight counties of Western New York are currently posting and sharing patient health information through the clinical information exchange.

“Joining the clinical information exchange is a significant milestone for our health system because it will enhance patient care for diverse populations that we serve in Eastern Niagara County,” said Mohammed Mere, assistant administrator for planning at Eastern Niagara Hospital.

Patient consent forms are being made available at both hospitals as well as at the HEALTHeLINK website at www.wnyhealthelink.com. More than 550,000 individuals throughout Western New York have signed consent forms to share their health information through HEALTHeLINK.

Briody Health Care Facility joined HEALTHeLINK last June.

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