More than 60 health care providers in Greater Rochester are providing patient health records to Rochester RHIO now that a statewide grant program is helping offset the setup costs.
Since its inception in 2017, the Data Exchange Incentive Program has awarded more than $700,000 in grants across the region.
“Hundreds of health care organizations were already sharing patient information, but as extensive as that data was, records were still not complete in many instances,” said Jill Eisenstein, president and CEO of Rochester RHIO. “With the help of DEIP, we’ve expanded our data sources to include groups such as skilled nursing facilities and diagnostic treatment centers.”
Rochester RHIO is one of eight members of the Statewide Health Information Network for New York.
Using the RHIO’s Contribute service, organizations can add data such as medications, laboratory tests and results, care plans, and procedures, creating a more complete medical record that spans multiple providers. It is used in conjunction with other RHIO services by hospitals, health care organizations, private practices and other ambulatory care sites to improve health care quality, coordination and efficiency. Clinical access requires patient consent.
“By having a more complete digital record of care for each patient, health care providers can make more informed decisions,” Eisenstein said. “We’re looking forward to helping even more health care organizations connect, especially with the financial assistance from New York state.”
Rochester RHIO’s mission is to provide information to support high quality patient care for the region’s health care community. By increasing data in the health information exchange, Rochester RHIO supplies a more comprehensive health care picture to a patient’s treating physician and care team.
The New York State Department of Health, with support from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, established the DEIP program to increase HIE adoption across the state for Medicaid providers. New York eHealth Collaborative is coordinating the program and the incentive payments on behalf of the DOH.
Call (877) 865-7446 or email info@grrhio.org for information.