Healthix: A Tale of Two RHIOs


In a groundbreaking effort that provides clinicians with the means to significantly improve patient care throughout the region, the Long Island Patient Information eXchange (LIPIX) and the New York Clinical Information Exchange (NYCLIX) are proud to formally announce their plans to merge. The organizations, which were the two largest Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) in the state, will unite to create Healthix, Inc.  We are now one of the largest active, self-sustaining RHIOs in the country!  The combining of our technologies, operations and governance expands and strengthens our leading health information exchange (HIE) services.

The Manhattan-based organization will have over 31 acute care hospitals, 24 long-term care providers, 14 home care agencies, and many other ambulatory practices among its 104 connected facilities. Additionally, the combined patient directory will represent nearly 2% of the United States’ population (over 5 million patients) and continues to grow daily.
Healthix will embrace a mission shared by both LIPIX and NYCLIX, as well as the state of New York, to deliver industry-leading, secure exchange of patient health information in support of collaborative care models, outcomes-based medicine, emerging reimbursement structures, and patient-driven healthcare.  Benjamin Stein, MD, the CEO of LIPIX, and Gil Kuperman, MD, the Executive Director of NYCLIX, each addressed the news in a joint statement: “We are excited and proud that our two organizations could come together in a spirit of collaboration that should change the landscape of health information technology throughout the region and the country.”  Dr. Stein, who will remain  CEO of the combined entity, added, “The benefits of the enlarged organization and network will accrue to all of our current and future members; these cover the range from nationally renowned health systems to small rural independent practices.  The biggest winners here, however, are the patientsof New York.”


Meaningful Use Services

Healthix provides federally-subsidized consulting services to Long Island-based eligible ambulatory clinicians – services includes tailored and personal tools, guidance, and on-site support regarding best practices for becoming a “Meaningful User” of a certified electronic medical record (EMR).  Our consultants provide support and resources from the point of EMR implementation through Meaningful Use Attestation to assist clinicians in securing their Medicaid or Medicare CMS Incentive payments.  Primary care clinicians (MD, DO, PA, NP or nurse midwives) and specialists providing >30% primary care at ambulatory practice sites are eligible for this program.  There are currently fewer than 400 subsidized program slots remaining in New York State, so if you are interested in these services, you must act now.  In addition, Meaningful Use consulting services for practices already live on an EMR are free through the end of November, 2011.  Please contact mu@lipix.org or call 1-877-695-4749 for more information.

 


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New York City
December 1-2, 2011

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Join us at the Digital Health Conference to experience how technology is transforming healthcare.  This will be a two-day conference with educational sessions throughout each day and large and diverse exhibit areas.

Keynote Speakers:

Todd Park, CTO, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

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To view the full program and to register, visit here.

        Updates on HEAL17

In the next two years, Healthix will be working in collaboration with active and future members on a number of different projects made possible through the HEAL NY Phase 17 initiative. Historically, LIPIX and NYCLIX have both been fortunate enough to receive funding and going forward, Healthix will be managing both initiatives in an effort to facilitate coordination of care and integrate with additional organizations.

As more data is continually added to Healthix, its value increases for our clinicians who utilize this information to increase the level of patient care.  Th following entities have signed agreements to participate in Healthix and contribute value to the network.

  • Allied Pediatrics of NY
  • Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services
  • Clubhouse of Suffolk
  • Family Service League
  • Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
  • Huntington Hills Center
  • Premier HealthCare

Introducing HealthBook

We are excited to introduce a new service, HealthBook, to our suite of products.

HealthBook allows patients to search for a specific clinician and request appointments via an easy-to-use online system. HealthBook enables clinicians to efficiently communicate with both colleagues and patients through secure web-based communications.

“The opportunities presented by the use of HealthBook are endless, says Kunal Agarwal, Director of Application Development, “Providers not only gain a larger web presence, but can also easily manage appointment requests in a streamlined, clinician-friendly system.”


If you are interested in joining HealthBook, as a provider or a patient, check it out here. Membership is free through June 2012!

Questions? Reach us at 1-877-695-4749 or at abecker@healthix.org with any questions or concerns.
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