January 2021
NYS Executive Order Requires Labs to Connect to Health Information Exchange
Rochester RHIO is coordinating with the NYS Department of Health (NYS DOH) and the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) to provide support for the clinical laboratories executive order issued on December 13, 2020. This executive order includes a requirement that clinical laboratories with over 25 employees contribute data through a health information exchange via the SHIN-NY (Statewide Health Information Network of New York) within 60 days.

At this time, questions around this executive order are best directed to the NYS DOH at SHIN-NY@health.gov.ny.

Text Excerpt: ....Within 60 days of this Order, all clinical laboratories permitted by the Department of Health pursuant to Article 5, Title 5 of the Public Health Law, and having more than 25 employees, must become qualified entity participants and connect to the SHIN-NY through a qualified entity, and must allow private and secure bi-directional access to patient information by other qualified entity participants authorized by law to access such patient information, pursuant to Part 300 of Title 10 of the NYCRR.

Rochester RHIO has continually reviewed its business continuity plans, ensuring they remain viable and effective. Our teams are enabled to work remotely. Rochester RHIO is proud to provide around-the-clock phone support. Our phones are open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. For immediate assistance and support call 1-877-865-7446 (RHIO).
Latest Community Health Indicators Data Released
Rochester RHIO is pleased to partner with Common Ground Health and RocHealthData to provide the most recently available data about community health. Our collaborative work over the past year has resulted in making this rich data accessible to the public.

Now in its second year, this data release provides a snapshot of county and regional rates for four key health measures: smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and adult obesity. These measures are pulled from more than a million patient observations securely stored by the Rochester RHIO. At no time is personally identifiable information made available to the research and data teams.

The newly released indicators are based on records from calendar year 2018.
Rochester RHIO Mentioned in Preventative Medicine
Rochester RHIO was mentioned in Preventative Medicine recently. Lifespan of Rochester published their Community Care Connections (CCC) program for an academic audience, which sourced some of the program data through Rochester RHIO.

The title of the article in Preventative Medicine is called, "Aligning social and health care services: The case of Community Care Connections." To read the article in full, visit https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743520303819.
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Acknowledgment: Stephanie Northwood

A special thank you to Stephanie Northwood for the work she did with Rochester RHIO in 2020. It was an absolute pleasure working with Stephanie Northwood, University of Rochester, this past summer! We had a concept for a Data Dictionary, which we provided as an overview and it was brought to life. She did this while being remote, only having a brief overview of the systems to pull the data from and with minimal supervision.

Thank you so very much Stephanie, you’re a rock star!

Laurie Campomizzi,
Technical Manager
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