Get Connected with STHL and Give Better Care.
How? It’s simple…
The Southern Tier HealthLink (STHL) Health Information Exchange (HIE) can help you provide better care to your patients by giving you quick and easy access to the information you need from other providers outside of your healthcare organization.
How it Works:
A health information exchange (HIE) is technology that
allows healthcare information to pass electronically across
disparate organizations within a particular region or
community. The goal of HIE is make sure that the information
is available when and where it is needed. STHL is the
Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) that governs
the HIE in the Southern Tier of New York, currently serving
a five-county area – Broome, Tioga, Chenango, Delaware,
Otsego -- and will expand to additional counties in the
Click here to learn more about HIE.
Current List of Patient Records Available in the HIE
Connecting to the STHL HIE
All providers can access the HIE via the STHL Web Portal.
This secure, web-based tool allows health care providers to
access their patients’ HIE records with a few mouse clicks.
A username and password are required.
Providers with EHRs are encouraged to connect directly to the STHL HIE. This requires establishing a technical interface with STHL. Currently, Medent and NextGen EHR software are supported, with other EHR software interface in development.
For more information about Connecting with STHL, view this slideshow.
While patient consent is not required for the depositing
of their medical record, a patient must authorize consent
before their HIE records can be accessed (except in case of
emergency). Patients can give consent, deny consent, or
remain undecided, in which case their information can only
be accessed in case of emergency. Only authorized users can
access patient information; the type of information
available is determined by the role (clinical or
administrative) of the user.
The Consent Process
Patients will have the opportunity to make their consent
choice on a STHL Consent Form during the registration
process at Connected Providers offices. Registration staff
will be trained on the process and the types of questions
that patients typically ask. The consent form (hardcopy or
scanned) must be available for audit.
Healthcare consumers can also set their consent choices over the internet via their STHL Patient Portal account.
Practices that currently have electronic record systems
through vendors already connected to the HIE may incur
little or no cost to exchange information over the HIE.
Contact STHL to see if any enhancements would be needed to
Providers who do not have an electronic record system can still view patient information on the STHL Web Portal via the internet with no additional software required. Contact STHL for details.
Get Connected Today!
Contact STHL for more information at 607.651.9150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Updated: 10/7/2014