Southern Tier HealthLink Selected as Business of the Week

November 17th, 2014 - HealthlinkNY is the Greater Binghamton Chamber Business of the Week.

The health information exchange was established in 2007 under a collaboration between Lourdes and UHS with partial funding from a Heal New York grant. It connects electronic health information systems at hospitals, pharmacies, labs and individual providers. By law, patient information goes into the system but can only be accessed with the consumers consent.

Executive Director Christina Galanis said it's all about safety and convenience. "If you're in a situation where you're unconscious or unable to give information, it's invaluable. What are you allergic to? You don't want to be given something that's going to cause worse problems," she said.

Southern Tier HealthLink announced a merger today. It's joining forces with Taconic Health Information Network and Community in the Hudson Valley giving it an 11 county coverage area. Galanis said all of the IT, marketing and analytics operations will be based here leading to more jobs in Greater Binghamton.

Watch News Channel 34’s coverage of our Business of the Week award here.