What is eLINC and how does it benefit me, as a health care provider?
eLINC is a private health information exchange (HIE) associated with the Winchester Hospital network of care. eLINC was developed to help give you the information you need to provide your patients with safe, high-quality health care. With the eLINC HIE, a consenting patient’s health information may be stored in one location, may be shared among participating providers and may be securely emailed via direct messaging.
You will have the opportunity to provide safer, more efficient health care with access to longitudinal patient records and improved communication. For example, during a patient visit, you may search the eLINC HIE system and examine patient records at the point of care. You may securely share information and message other providers involved in the patient’s care. Among other advantages, these efficiencies help avoid duplicative testing, incomplete allergy information or delays in appropriate care.
Why is Health Information Exchange important?
Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) are an effective way to comply with federal government Meaningful Use initiatives contained in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the “Stimulus”). Meaningful Use requires hospitals and providers to show they are using certified Electronic Medical Record (EMR) technology in meaningful, measurable ways. As guidance for providers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established phases in which to achieve Meaningful Use, with related reimbursements and incentive payments.
An HIE may be thought of as a centralized library where the various chapters of a patient’s personal health care history are stored and managed, bound together as one volume, making the complete story of his or her medical history available when needed.
What does eLINC stand for?
eLINC stands for:
Leveraging health information,
Improving patient care,
Networking providers, and
Communicating with each other.
eLINC is managed by Winchester Highland Management, LLC, a joint venture of Winchester Hospital and the physician group Winchester Highland Health Associates
How do I join eLINC?
Your practice needs to sign the eLINC Provider Participation Agreement and your patients need to give permission for your medical team to access there health information by signing a brief Patient Consent Agreement. eLINC practice participants will present patients with this form for their signature during visits. Patients will make their consent choices and sign and return the consent forms to your practice. Practice staff will record patient choice in the eLINC HIE system.
When your practice joins eLINC, you also need to:
• complete annual privacy and security training
• engage with the Highland Management EMR/HIE team to schedule your direct messaging HIE education and implementation
• purchase and maintain cyber liability insurance (CLI)
What other organizations are participating in or contributing data to eLINC?
The eLINC community of provider practices and caregiver organizations is growing rapidly. Click here to see a list of eLINC participants. The list of patient clinical data contributors will only grow as well. We will post this list as we deploy the eLINC patient clinical interface with all the practices.
How do I address patient privacy concerns?
Your patients may want reassurance that their medical information remains safe and secure. You may discuss the privacy and security training you and your colleagues received as part of your participation in the eLINC HIE. Click HERE to review the eLINC HIE Policies and Procedures.
What is the Mass HIway and should I join?
The Massachusetts Health Information Highway (the Mass HIway), is the state-wide HIE which enables the electronic movement of health-related information among diverse organizations, such as doctors’ offices, hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies, skilled nursing facilities and health plans. The Mass HIway facilitates the exchange of clinical information among varied health care information systems, while maintaining the meaning of the information being exchanged, regardless of provider affiliation, location or differences in technology.
How do I talk to my patients about eLINC?
Encourage your patients to visit this web site to learn about how HIEs work and how joining eLINC benefits them. The “Patient” section includes helpful links to the Patient Consent Agreement, the Massachusetts Health Information Highway (Mass HIway and more. Let your patients know there is a section on patient [FAQs]. You can also provide them copies of a brochure explaining eLINC or tell them to download the eLINC brochure.
Who is on my eLINC Support Team?
Meet your health information exchange team at Winchester Hospital:
Eddy Rospide-EMR/HIE Director
William Mills-EMR/HIE Manager
Jay Caturia-Senior EMR Project Analyst
Lauren Vermette-Senior Interface Specialist
Tammy Fowler-Interface Associate
David Ladeau-Support Analyst
Christina Panagou-Workflow Specialist
Barbara Richards- Administrator
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