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The Southern Tier Health Link (STHL), an upstate New York regional health information organization, has joined the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), a health information exchange of the New York eHealth Collaborative.
Created by a consortium of providers in 2005, STHL spans some 25,000 patients in New York’s mostly rural Broome, Chenango, Tioga, Delaware and Otsego counties, and will be the sixth regional health information organization to join SHIN-NY.
“STHL is particularly advanced in patient engagement, such as its pioneering use of social media and its patient portal,” New York eHealth Collaborative executive director David Whitlinger said in a press release.
STHL was a valuable asset last fall, when Hurricane Lee caused massive flooding throughout upstate New York, the news release noted. When about 1,700 people evacuated their homes and sought temporary shelter at Binghamton University, STHL was available to provide emergency access to electronic health records through its HIE.
Joining SHIN-NY, STHL executive director Christina Galanis said, will help make the regional health information network more efficient and help it reach more providers. “In short,” Galanis said in the press release, “we can offer more at a lower cost to our community.”
In other HIE news, about 600 miles to the west in Dayton, Ohio, 10 regional hospitals are linking to CliniSync, Ohio’s statewide HIE.
Premier Health Systems and Kettering Health Network, with 10 hospitals and dozens of smaller clinics between them, have started connecting to other Ohio providers through CliniSync, which has close to 60 providers linking up and two in western Ohio.