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Rochester RHIO adds Schuyler Hospital

Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY is now part of Rochester RHIO’s health information exchange, making medical-care data more easily accessible to a patient’s complete medical team.RHIO’s health information exchange helps make routine office visits run more smoothly—and helps physicians make better- informed treatment decisions in an emergency. Patients benefit from fewer repeated tests, easier second opinions, a reduced risk of mistakes caused by illegible hand writing, and more informed care during emergencies.With the addition of Schuyler Hospital, 17 hospitals in the 13-county Rochester RHIO service area—along with radiology centers, emergency medical services and eldercare providers—supply patient information to the exchange. Rochester RHIO has grown to serve 4,000 authorized health care providers and nearly 1,300 physicians.Physicians and their staff use the Rochester RHIO to view essential patient-care information such as lab reports, test results, medication history, demographic information, radiology images and reports, hospital discharge summaries, and elder services data. The information is available over secure Internet connections wherever physicians need it to provide their patients high-quality care.Schuyler Hospital is a critical access facility serving all of Schuyler County and reaching into southern Yates and Seneca Counties. Spanning over 50 acres, Schuyler’s facilities include in-patient, observation, short-stay surgery, emergency room, primary care and diagnostics services. As a critical access facility, Schuyler is the only hospital within 35 miles and is state certified as a necessary provider of health care services for residents in the area.“Joining the Rochester RHIO is just one more step Schuyler Hospital is taking toward making care more efficient, effective and safe for our patients,” said Andrew Manzer, President and CEO for Schuyler Hospital. “Connecting instantly to other healthcare providers and patient records benefits not only those we serve, but also all of the healthcare professionals who work here.”“Schuyler Hospital serves residents who are likely to visit multiple care facilities, which makes connecting to the exchange particularly valuable,” said Ted Kremer, executive director of Rochester RHIO. “The RHIO alleviates the challenges of integrating all the information from these different locations for Schuyler, so providers have instant access to a patient’s current conditions and can send updated information wherever the patient travels for follow up care.”About Rochester RHIORochester RHIO is a secure electronic health information exchange serving authorized medical providers in Monroe, Allegany, Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties in Upstate New York. It makes health information available wherever and whenever needed to provide patients the best care.Physicians and patients can learn more about Rochester RHIO by visiting RochesterRHIO.org or by calling 877-865-RHIO (7446).

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