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Rochester RHIO expands to two rural hospitals

Community hospitals in Orleans and Steuben counties are now part of Rochester RHIO’s health information exchange, making medical-care data more easily accessible to a patient’s complete medical team.

The new additions are Medina Memorial Hospital, a 100-bed facility in Medina, Orleans County); and St. James Mercy in Hornell, Steuben County, which has 232 inpatient beds. Both will provide laboratory results, radiology results, medication history information, and hospital reports including discharge summaries.

Physicians and their staffs use 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.

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 handwriting, and more informed care during emergencies.

With these additions, all 15 hospitals in the 10-county Rochester RHIO service area — along with lab networks, health-insurance companies and other data providers — supply patient information to the exchange.

Rochester RHIO is a secure electronic health information exchange serving authorized medical providers and consenting patients in Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties. More information is available at www.RochesterRHIO.org or by calling 877-865-RHIO (7446).