Connecting the Dots for Better Healthcare
Southern Tier HealthLink NY (STHL) was established with leadership and support from United Health Services, Lourdes Hospital and other stakeholders in 2005. STHL is a non-profit New York Regional Health Information Organization (NY RHIO) designed as a partnership which brings together healthcare providers and consumers in Central New York with technology that will improve health care quality, access, and safety while reducing costs.
STHL began with funding from New York State ($3.5M from HEAL 1 in 2006 and $7.8M from HEAL 5 in 2008) to build the foundation for the health information exchange (HIE) in our region. Our current project region includes four counties in the region (Broome, Chenango, Tioga and Delaware) with approximately 470,000 residents, 5 hospitals, and over 800 physicians. Our region may expand in the coming years to include even more counties in NY. Click on the map to see the NYS county map of NY RHIO regions.
Southern Tier HealthLink now offers a Patient Portal for healthcare consumers that will allow them to:
- Manage Their Consent & Share Data with Their Doctors.
- Access Their Providers & Their Health Information.
- Monitor Who is Accessing Their Information.
Southern Tier HealthLink currently offers the following services to the medical community:
- Connect to the HIE via the STHL Web Portal.
- Connect to the HIE through an Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) system.
- Connect to the HIE using iCare: an iPhone application to view HIE patient records. UHS Pilot underway.
- Connect to other Practices using STHL’s EHR to EHR Referral Services.
In the future, STHL will offer a range of related services to the healthcare industry across New York State, including electronic services for medication management, diagnostic services, preventative medicine, and disease management – all supported by technology, training, clinical process improvement, and incentives.
STHL’s Board of Directors:
Rajesh Dave, MD (President)
Christina Boyd, (Vice President)
Mark McManus (Treasurer)
Michael Rusnak (Secretary)
Keith Chadwick, Long-Term Care
Dan De Lucia, Insurance Payer
Claudia Edwards, Public Health
Tom Ellerson, Hospital
Hermant Gupta, MD MSc, Hospital
Merwyn Jones, Consumer
Afzal Rehman, MD, Physician Group
John C. Salo, Rural Health
Duncan Sze-Tu, MD, Physician Group
Executive Director: Christina Galanis
Last Updated: 5/20/2013