Tier HealthLink Newsletter
connected to STHL:
Imaging Center: 1
Long Term Care Facilities: 2
Public Health Department: 2
Behavioral Health Organizations: 1
Total users; 1,886
Total Users: 25,180
Records sent out and queries: 52,104
Save the Date - Spring HIE Summit - April 18th, 2013
Southern Tier HealthLink (STHL) is pleased to announce
that on Thursday, April 18th in collaboration with the New York eHealth
Collaborative (NYeC) you will have the opportunity to attend a dynamic
and informative meeting about how Health Information Exchange (HIE),
your local Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO), and New
York State are bringing together healthcare providers and consumers
throughout the State with technology that can improve health care
quality, access, and safety while reducing costs.
Educational sessions will be held in every region of New York this
At the Binghamton HIE Summit on April 18th you will
value of HIE in our community and the various ways you can get
engaged with STHL, your local RHIO
and plans for the Statewide Health Information Network for New
York (SHIN-NY) and what this means to you
Watch for more information to come - including in the
March edition of OnTrack!
Dr. Hemant Gupta Joins Southern Tier HealthLink Board
On February 21st, 2013, Southern Tier HealthLink
(STHL) issued a Press Release announcing the appointment of Dr.
Hemant Gupta to the STHL Board of Directors. Dr. Gupta is the Chief
Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) of Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial
Hospital in Binghamton, NY in partnership with Ascension Health, the
nation's largest nonprofit healthcare provider.
Dr. Gupta is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, completing
his residency in Internal Medicine at Rush University Medical Center
in Chicago, IL. Dr. Gupta is a board certified internal medicine
physician, and has five years of combined experience as a community
hospitalist, a primary care physician and an academic
Of his appointment to the Southern Tier HealthLink Board of Directors
Dr. Gupta commented, "It was a pleasure meeting Christina
Galanis and the STHL staff. I look forward to working closely
with our Health Information Exchange as it transitions to New York
eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and it's Statewide Health Information
Network of New York (SHIN-NY) platform. Greater heights can be
achieved through honest collaboration."
"Southern Tier HealthLink is pleased to have Dr. Hemant Gupta
join our Board of Directors. His experience as Chief Medical
Informatics Officer and his extensive knowledge of clinical decision
support systems and EMRs will provide an important dimension to our
work as we continue to build and improve our provider and patient
interface plans" said Christina Galanis, STHL Executive
Click here to read the Press Release in it's entirety.
To learn more about STHL contact us at 607-651-9150, or visit us on
the web at
Provider Spotlight - Karen
R. Banks-Lindner DO PLLC
Dr. Karen R. Banks
Karen R. Banks-Lindner DO PLLC is a participating
organization with the Southern Tier HealthLink (STHL) Health
Information Exchange (HIE) since 2010. Through the MEDENT / HIE
Subscription Service they are able to exchange clinical documents
electronically with other practices that use the MEDENT electronic
medical record (EMR) system. Continuity of Care Documents (CCD) from
the HIE which include information from all STHL data sources can be
imported directly into the MEDENT EMR. This function helped the
practice meet Stage 1 Meaningful Use last year. As a STHL data
source, Karen R Banks-Lindner DO PLLC sends patient health
information to the HIE which helps build a more complete patient
addition, through the STHL Web Portal their providers have access to
transcribed reports and images with just a few mouse clicks.
you just want access to an isolated piece of information on a patient
it is quick and easy to get through the STHL Web Portal with patient
consent. It is very handy - especially for radiology reports and test
values" says Rick Lindner.
R. Banks-Lindner DO PLLC provides general internal medicine care for
adults ages 18 and up. A sample of their many services include EKG,
pre-operative clearances, simple sutures, hearing evaluations, vision
screening, DOT physicals and general care. They believe in services
performed the old fashioned way, where the patient comes first.
years ago Dr. Banks left hospital based medicine to embark on a joint
venture with her husband Rick Lindner and opened a private practice
that would focus on patient centered care in their rural Norwich
community. In a time when an increasing number of U.S. doctors are
expected to leave private practice in favor of group or hospital
based employment affiliations, the Banks-Lindner practice strives to
provide better care in a family atmosphere "the way medicine was
meant to be". Rick explains it as "a throwback to the 30s,
40s, and 50s in this regard. We know our patients and their family
life. Technology has improved medicine since then, but that personal
touch is part of what Meaningful Use efforts today are ultimately
trying to bring back."
Banks-Lindner practice has embarked on several pilot programs with
CMS including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). PQRS is
a voluntary reporting program which provides an incentive payment to
practices who satisfactorily report data on quality measures for
covered services furnished under Medicare Part B. The Banks-Lindner
practice reports on several PQRS measures including smoking and
tobacco use cessation. Banks-Lindner is one of fifty practices
in New York State participating in the PQRS initiative.
and Karen believe that seeing the business as a morally based project
with improved patient outcomes as paramount to their goals helps
alleviate the challenges that come with running a private practice.
This philosophy extends to their employees who Rick says were hired
based on their passion and fit - not just how they looked on paper.
business relationship works for this husband and wife team who
collaborate day in and day out because each concentrates on their
focus. For Dr. Banks it is patient care, and for Rick it is the
business side of things. Rick does not get involved with medical
decisions, and Karen is hands-off when it comes to implementation.
They tweak things as a team as part of process improvement, but for
the most part Karen is free to focus on her patients, which is
exactly what she wants to do.
comes from a business management background and has this advice to
offer: "Learn it and do it yourself or hire someone competent to
do it for you. Align yourself with people who can help you
grow." That advice applies to many areas of business
asked about health information exchange (HIE) Rick says "it is
growing every day. The potential for improving health care and
outcomes is evident. Incorporating the STHL HIE into our practice has
greatly improved access to health information when we need it - especially
for new patients. HIE is a great tool for improving care and
Michele Provost, PA
Karen Banks-Lindner DO PLLC employs a staff of seven. Dr. Banks
and Michelle Provost PA see patients Monday through Friday. Visit
their website to see more about the Banks-Lindner practice and
their home town feel in Norwich.
learn more about Southern Tier HealthLink and how you can incorporate
health information exchange into your practice visit our website at www.sthlny.com,
or contact STHL at 607-651-9150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Tier HealthLink On The SHIN-NY
As Southern Tier HealthLink (STHL) moves forward
with its transition to the New York eCollaborative (NYeC) Statewide Health Information
Network for New York (SHINY-NY) Platform, we would like to keep our
subscribers up-to-date through our monthly OnTrack newsletter.
For our first article, it is fitting to introduce you
to the SHIN-NY.
Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) is a network of
information transmitted between users. Like the internet, as more
users connect, it grows, evolves, and becomes more secure, efficient,
and easy to use.
increasing number of private practices, nursing homes, clinics, and
hospitals begin to digitize their records, they have the option to
connect to RHIO's (Regional Health Information Organizations) like
Southern Tier HealthLink (STHL) in their region of the state. The
RHIO's collect health record data from the healthcare providers in
their area, and, with patient consent, allow this information to be
shared securely with other providers in the region.
SHIN-NY connects these regional hubs to create a private and secure
network spanning the entire State of New York and eventually will be
the network to support exchange between states.
What this means to you: The patient returning to her family physician for
follow-up care after a trip to a radiologist will not need to make
any phone calls to request a copy of her results. Neither will her
physician. The patient will not need to remember to have images or
lab results sent, nor will she need to carry her own records to
different doctors by hand. Her primary care physician, when securely
connected to the SHIN-NY, will have complete, accurate, and private
access to the information carefully gathered by each one of the
specialists the patient has visited. Fewer mistakes will be made,
fewer tests repeated, and money and time will be saved on
administrative details. Most importantly, the patient and doctor will
have more time together to discuss treatment options and recovery.
the SHIN-NY can make
tune in each month to keep up-to-date with STHL, NYeC and the
information about STHL please contact us at 607-651-9150 or visit us
on the web at www.sthlny.com
STHL / MEDENT Users Forum March 26th - Patient
Southern Tier HealthLink on Tuesday,
March 26th from 4-6 PM at the MEDENT Users Forum
to learn more about where New York State is headed with connecting
more providers through health information exchange (HIE), and new
ways your patients and their families can get more engaged with their
Tier HealthLink (STHL) will give an overview of the New York eHealth
Collaborative (NYeC) Statewide Health Information Network of New York
(SHIN-NY). Learn how your
practice will be able to participate with health information exchange
(HIE) in new ways to help you care for patients and meet your
Meaningful Use goals.
private practices, nursing homes, clinics, and hospitals adopt
electronic health records, they have more options available them to
connect to Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) like
The SHIN-NY will connect throughout the state to create a private and
secure network spanning the entire State of New York whereby patient
information can be transmitted privately and securely between
users. As more users connect it will grow and evolve to more
easily and securely share patient health record data with other
providers in the region. Learn more about how this will unfold
as 2013 moves on.
Next, Dan Shappee,
Integrated Managed Health Care will present an overview of some new
free tools and resources that are available to your practice that can
help increase patient engagement and satisfaction, and control costs.
will explain how by putting patients first you can develop enduring
solutions that can help support the integration of evidence-based
treatment guidelines and the highest level of patient care and
In addition, a live demonstration of CoverMyMeds will be
is a free service that allows for quick submission of Prior
Authorization requests for all drugs and all health insurance plans
from a single, free, HIPAA compliant and secure website.
Users Forum is a great way to network with other MEDENT users, share
tips, tools, and best practices that help you in the work you do
every day and in meeting your goals - including Meaningful Use. In
addition, you can learn more about how your practice and patients can
interact with the STHL health information exchange.
more information please contact STHL at 607-651-9150 or email@example.com.
Call for Speakers - NYeC Digital Health Conference
NYeC is seeking speakers for the 2013 Digital Health Conference.
Proposals should showcase health IT innovations, use case studies,
explore new information technology tools and perspectives, suggest
practical applications of existing technologies, and/or highlight the
effects of health IT in healthcare advances. We want to hear from
thought provoking, engaging speakers who can inspire our audience.
This year we have two types of speaking opportunities: our standard
45-minute to one hour presentation, and a brand new 10-minute talk
format. You may apply for one or both types of speaking slots. To
submit an application, click
The deadline for speaker submissions is March 31, 2013 at 11:59 pm
If you have any questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 646-619-6536.
Monthly Health Awareness:
February is Heart Disease Awareness Month!
Engaging and encouraging patients to get involved in
their own health care is one of STHL's strong commitments to our
community. With our "Monthly Awareness" section of
the OnTrack newsletter, we hope to help raise awareness about some of
the common diseases that could affect all of us- and educate patients
about how they can start to take action.
Every February 1st the nation "Goes Red" to
bring awareness to Heart Disease...and the numbers are hard to
out of every four deaths in the United States is due to heart
disease. That equates to a whopping 600,000 deaths per year!
year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack.
disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in
disease, including heart disease and stroke, costs the United
States $312.6 billion each year.
STHL Staffers "Go Red" on February 1st to show
There is good news however -- heart disease is 100%
preventable and controllable. Heart Health is important, and
everyone can get closer to a strong healthy heart by taking small
Visit the links below to get educated on the steps you
can take to become "heart healthy". Don't forget to
share what you learn with your family and friends today!
Often times, the warning signs for a woman who is
having a heart "event" are very different from that of a
man. Ladies, be sure you know the symptoms!!
Go Red for Women video link "Just a little heart attack"
featuring actress Elizabeth Banks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7wmPWTnDbE
Click here to learn the typical warning signs of a Heart Attack,
Stroke and Cardiac Arrest.
New Web Tool Helps EPs Navigate the EHR Incentive
New Interactive Resource to Determine Timeline for
Participation in the EHR Incentive Programs
recently posted a new web resource for eligible professionals (EPs), My EHR Participation Timeline,
to the EHR Incentive Programs website. This interactive tool allows
EPs to determine what year you will meet Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage
3 of meaningful use in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive
Programs. It also provides information on:
length of time EPs are required to demonstrate meaningful use at
maximum incentive payment you can receive each year;
total incentive payment amount you will receive based on your
initial year of participation; and,
to helpful resources from the CMS website.
choosing between the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs,
select your first year of participation and the tool will create a
personalized timeline with your results. This timeline can be printed
and used as a reference for successful EHR Incentive Programs
more CMS resources, visit the Educational Resources
section of the EHR website.
Want more information about the EHR Incentive
Make sure to visit the EHR Incentive Programs website for
the latest news and updates on the EHR Incentive Programs.
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