BUFFALO - In its ongoing efforts to assist practices in utilizing technology to improve the quality and coordination of patient care, HEALTHeLINK recently recognized the achievements of 59 primary care practices, including 10 in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, that have reached Patient Centered Medical Home certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance by using Western New York's clinical information exchange.
With the support of a New York State Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law Phase 10 grant, which was awarded to HEALTHeLINK, these practices used PCMH standards to organize care around their patients, utilize technology wherever possible and work with other health care professionals to coordinate and track care over time, including arranging for appropriate care with other qualified providers as needed. In addition, HEALTHeLINK worked with Catholic Medical Partners, Health Now, Independent Health Association and P2 Collaborative of Western New York to support the implementation of these PCMH standards.
"Health information technology is a vital component of a fully functioning Patient Centered Medical Home model, as exhibited by these practices," HEALTHeLINK's executive director Daniel Porreca said. "This certification shows a deep commitment by the practice to provide the highest quality of patient care."
By building on current health information and using improved clinical processes, these primary care practices are now able to pull labs, radiology and hospital results through HEALTHeLINK and then integrate these results with electronic patient data generated from the practice to provide well-informed diagnoses and care coordination for patients. Throughout the three-year project, HEALTHeLINK more than tripled the original goal of assisting 15 practices in achieving PCMH certification.
Those following practices in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties were recognized by HEALTHeLINK for achieving PCMH certification:
Family Health Medical Services, Mayville
Jamestown Primary Care, Jamestown
Medicor Associates of Chautauqua, Cassadaga, Cherry Creek, Dunkirk, Fredonia
Medicor Associates - Barnes Primary Care, Angola, Silver Creek
Munir Salimi, MD, Olean
Olean Medical Group, Olean, Cuba, Ellicottville, Franklinville
Southern Tier Community Health Center, Houghton
The Resource Center, Dunkirk, Jamestown
Tri County Family Medicine, Dansville
Westfield Family Physicians, Westfield.
For more information on HEALTHeLINK, visit www.wnyhealthelink.com.