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Southern Tier HealthLink Debuts Health Information Exchange Educational Video
4/13/2011

Southern Tier HealthLink (STHL), the Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) for the Southern Tier of New York, debuted an educational video highlighting the benefits of Health Information Exchange (HIE) and Integrated Personal Health Records (PHR).

Southern Tier HealthLink (STHL), the Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) for the Southern Tier of New York, debuted an educational video highlighting the benefits of Health Information Exchange (HIE) and Integrated Personal Health Records (PHR).  The video was shot entirely in the virtual world of Second Life (SL) to demonstrate the potential for education and community healthcare support in three dimensional social networking domains.

The educational video titled "Between Worlds: A Journey of Hope" was produced by Christina Galanis (Executive Director, Southern Tier HealthLink).  It was written by Lori Sheppard of Toronto, Ontario, and filmed by British cinematographer Alice Summerside.  Southern Tier HealthLink extends a sincere thanks to all participants and volunteers on the project.

"Our goal was to combine storytelling with rich visuals to create an original story that would highlight the benefit of Health Information Exchange (HIE) and explain the Personal Health Record (PHR) within a relatable story" said Christina Galanis.  "As STHL launches its local PHR, educating consumers about the benefits is an important component.  There is a need to start demonstrating the benefits of our nation's move towards interoperable electronic health records for quality, efficiency and accuracy for patients to participate in.  In addition these strategies allow for patient self-management by making the Personal Health Record available to assist patients in contributing to and actively participating in their own health care.

The film will be used further to educate on the benefits of Health Information Exchange (HIE) in New York State.  A playlist of all four chapters of "Between Worlds: A Journey of Hope" is available on YouTube at:  http://tinyurl.com/3esr334.

About STHL (Southern Tier HealthLink/NYHealthScape in SL) STHL is a non-profit organization designed as a partnership which brings together healthcare providers and consumers in Central New York to "connect the dots" with technology that will improve healthcare quality, access and safety while reducing costs.  One of STHL's primary roles as a Health Information Exchange (HIE) is to educate healthcare patients and providers on the value of an interoperable HIE and the benefits of maintaining a Personal Health Record (PHR).

Because Second Life offers a low cost and far reaching opportunity to engage the healthcare consumer in a hands-on and compelling new setting, STHL has begun to tap its potential as an education and communication tool to help meet the community outreach goals of STHL's mission, including interacting with a Personal Health Record and Health Information Exchange. (www.sthlny.com)

For more information contact Christina Galanis at 607.651.9150.


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