Christina Galanis to Step Down as President and CEO of HealthlinkNY to Become President of WOMBA

Staci Romeo Named Interim Executive Director

‘Christina has built a dynamic organization and a strong team that will continue to innovate and advance interoperability of electronic health records in New York State.’

December 11th, 2017 - (Binghamton, New York—December 11, 2017)… Christina Galanis, who has served successfully as President and Chief Executive Officer of HealthlinkNY for the past thirteen years, will leave her position as of December 31, 2017, to become President of WOMBA, announced Rajesh Davé, MD, MBA, Chairman of the HealthlinkNY Board of Directors. Dr. Davé said that HealthlinkNY Senior Vice President Staci Romeo, MBA, will assume the role of Interim Executive Director. “Staci Romeo will continue to carry on the tradition of HealthlinkNY and the good work it will do in the future. We welcome her to her newly expanded role,” Dr. Davé said. Staci has an MBA in Executive Leadership and has worked cross-departmentally since she started at HealthlinkNY close to four years ago. She has been second in command for nearly a year and is looking forward to seeing HealthlinkNY through this transition.

HealthlinkNY is a Qualified Entity (QE) contracted by the New York State Department of Health to operate the Health Information Exchange (HIE) connecting healthcare providers in 13 counties in the Hudson Valley and Southern Tier, as well as to the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY).

“We are grateful for the tremendous strides that HealthlinkNY has made under Christina’s leadership,” Dr. Davé explained. “She has built a dynamic organization and a strong team that will continue to innovate and advance interoperability of electronic health records in New York State. We all wish Christina the very best in her new venture.”

Ms. Galanis said that “During the past thirteen years, I worked with a remarkably innovative team and together we built a vital organization. Frankly, it has been my life and my passion.” One of her greatest hopes, she said, was to connect HeathlinkNY to a HIE network beyond New York State. “WOMBA is a consumer-mediated exchange, controlled by the patient. The opportunity to help them develop such a platform was one I simply could not resist. Although I will miss my wonderful colleagues, I am confident that HealthlinkNY will continue to cement its position as one of the leading HIE operators in the country.”

HealthlinkNY was formed in 2015 when Southern Tier HealthLink and the Taconic Health Information Network and Community merged. Ms. Galanis, as the founding executive director of Southern Tier HealthLink, built a robust HIE operation with great technical efficiency. After the merger, she brought that technical strength to the Hudson Valley, where adoption of the HIE among providers has grown rapidly.

Under Ms. Galanis’ leadership, HealthlinkNY also expanded into the area of population health. It was awarded two New York State Department of Health Population Health Improvement Program grants—one for the Southern Tier, the other for the Hudson Valley—which are administered by the HealthlinkNY Community Network. In collaboration with dozens of community partners, the HealthlinkNY Community Network has launched several innovative projects to address population health issues such as social determinants of health, mental and behavioral health, diabetes, and transportation issues.

HealthlinkNY also undertook a groundbreaking study of HIE use in emergency departments, showing that physician use of the HealthlinkNY HIE reduced patient length of stay by 7%; reduced the likelihood that the patient would be readmitted to an emergency department within 30 days by 4.5%; and lowered the number of physicians who needed to examine the patient by 12%.

On HealthlinkNY’s horizon is a project to use HIE data to increase reporting and geo-targeting of Lyme disease; capture birth records for counties on the New York State border with Pennsylvania when residents have their babies in a Pennsylvania hospital; identify prediabetes patients and connect them to diabetes prevention intervention programs; and geo-target opioid overdoses and naloxone administration to prevent deaths and connect overdose patients to treatment.

“We have a pipeline full of projects and continue to help providers transform their workflows to maximize the value of the HIE,” Dr. Davé said. “Christina’s legacy has become part of our DNA.”

About HealthlinkNY

HealthlinkNY is a Qualified Entity (QE), funded by the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH), which operates the Health Information Exchange (HIE) connecting providers and patients in 13 counties in the Hudson Valley, Catskills, and Southern Tier of New York. The HealthlinkNY HIE offers electronic access to patients’ community-wide health records and serves as the region’s access point to the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), supporting collaboration between healthcare providers across the state. As the region’s hub of health information and improvement, HealthlinkNY supports healthcare delivery reform (DSRIP) and fosters collaboration among public and private health plans. Through the HealthlinkNY Community Network, the organization also operates population health improvement programs (PHIPs) in the Hudson Valley and the Southern Tier of New York.

The HealthlinkNY HIE allows all of a patient’s participating providers to safely and securely access the patient’s medical records with the patient’s consent throughout New York State. With HealthlinkNY, providers have a clearer picture of their patient’s health history, including primary care visits, hospital records, discharge orders, ER visits, specialist consultations, lab and imaging reports, behavioral health services, long-term care records, and home care visits.

Learn more by visiting www.healthlinkny.com