Why Extended Care Facilities Are Connecting to HealthlinkNY

March 16th, 2016 - While every patient benefits from coordinated care, nursing home residents depend on it. 

A patient in a skilled-long-term facility is likely to have multiple chronic conditions, many medications, and frequent hospitalizations. Therefore, nurses at the facility have to juggle a lot of information ­from multiple sources, so quick and easy access to patient records can greatly facilitate quality care.

In February, two forward-thinking facilities connected to HealthlinkNY to facilitate the appropriate care for their patients, avoid duplicate services, and prevent medical errors.

Social workers, administrative staff, and clinicians at Regency Extended Care Center’s in Yonkers, New York, completed their training to access patient records through the HealthlinkNY Web Portal. The 315-bed facility in Westchester County provides long-term skilled care and rehabilitation to people who are elderly, convalescent, handicapped, or chronically ill. With a wide assortment of medical specialists caring for individuals onsite, Regency Extended Care Center clinicians will use HealthlinkNY to make more informed decisions for a patient’s long-term care plan.

Bethany Village in the Village of Horseheads in Chemung County, New York is now up and running on the HealthlinkNY Web Portal. Providing assisted living, skilled-nursing, and short-term rehabilitation, the non-profit Bethany Village is dedicated to helping seniors seamlessly transition from one setting to another if and when their needs grow. Coordinating care through HealthlinkNY enables Bethany Village to seamlessly coordinate care as well.

Because HealthlinkNY is connected to the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), Regency and Bethany clinicians now have access to patient records throughout New York State from other connected providers. So, whether patients come from close-by or another part of New York State, their medical histories can follow them.

“We expect more and more senior care facilities to recognize how powerful the HealthlinkNY Health Information Exchange (HIE) is,” predicts Christina Galanis, President and CEO of HealthlinkNY. “Seniors often fall ill or are hospitalized because their medical care is so complex. With more information at hand, skilled-nursing facilities can help patients stay healthier, stay out of the hospital, and feel better.”

Are you a long term care facility who would like to learn more about connecting to HealthlinkNY? Email pr@healthlinkny.com or call 844.840.0050 for more information!