Efficiency Meets Health Information Exchange – keyHIE

Our health is important us—the latter holds no surprise. With knowledge never-endingly pioneering into medical innovations at a non-stop acceleration, healthcare has reflected much of the revolutionizing methods involved. However, life still throws many curve balls our way, and maintaining health can be hard to keep up with!

Many fear that by switching healthcare providers, the result will conclude with imminent inconvenience. Medical information is beyond important, and private. Shouldn’t there be a way where patients can be guaranteed their medical records’ security? Furthermore, would it not be dire to make sure such sensitive information be transferred from one health care provider to another efficiently and intact? Well, that is where KeyHIE enters the equation.

KeyHIE (Keystone Health Information Exchange) is the new revolutionary option to exchange health information. The group of innovators strongly stands by three words: Interoperability, integrity, and service. The latter promises safety, efficiency, and convenience for all users. Not only does this digital exchange grant patients a higher quality of healthcare, but it is shared amongst doctors and nurses to aid in difficult situations. In summary, by joining KeyHIE, patients are not only helping themselves, but they are helping other patients in need; perhaps ones who have challenging cases. By allowing health information to swiftly glide through the electronic process, doctors can easily access any records they made need at any given time.

This innovation in healthcare has cut time in half by avoiding fax and phone calls—both which delay treatment. Our health is number one, correct? Well, then the system in which we seek treatment should be operating at a number one level; the best of the best. A lot of patients may feel uneasy that their health information is being exchanged amongst healthcare providers. However, there are two dire aspects patients must consider when pondering KeyHIE:

  1. KeyHIE only shares information with doctors that are relevant to the case they are treating. Therefore, if a doctor needs information pertaining to the specific ailment, he/she cannot pull up a patient’s entire history, just the information pertaining to the case at hand.
  2. This new way of exchanging information is 100% VOLUNTARY. Without the consent from a patient, information will not be available for other healthcare providers. In other words, the choice is yours!

If you find yourself in another state, KeyHIE allows you to say farewell to tedious paperwork and tests; all the information will be immediately available to the acting doctor or nurse. Whether it be your own health in a place far from home, or a difficult case of someone unknown, KeyHIE splices newfound efficacy and innovation to provide the best healthcare experience for providers and—most importantly—the patient: YOU!

Lieutenant Governor Michael J Stack III Congratulates Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services

Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC (DMHHSS)’s representatives (Stanley Rynkiewicz, Administrator, Irene Dudley, Clinical Director, Gina Grosh, Oasis/Coding Manager, Kathleen Liggins, Private Duty Manager, Riley Roberts Marketing and Sales Director and Matthew Mortka, Community Liaison) met with Lieutenant Governor Michael J Stack III in the Lieutenant Governor’s Parlor Suite in Harrisburg at the State Capitol on April 25, 2017.

During this time, Lieutenant Governor Michael J Stack III congratulated DMHHSS our 5 Star CMS Home Health Compare rating. We also discussed home health care, changes in managed Long Term Support Services, (MLTSS), and the future of home health care in the State of PA.

Lieutenant Governor Michael J Stack III bio from https://www.governor.pa.gov/lt-gov-mike-stack/

On January 20, 2015, Mike Stack was sworn in as Pennsylvania’s 33rd lieutenant governor, and in that role serves as presiding officer of the Pennsylvania Senate. He also chairs the Board of Pardons and was appointed by Governor Wolf to chair the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council.

Lt. Gov. Mike Stack is a former Captain in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and a graduate of the U.S. Armed Forces Officers Basic Course. He also served as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) for the 28th Infantry Division. Before being elected as lieutenant governor, he served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate representing the 5th District, which includes Northeast Philadelphia, Brides burg, and portions of Port Richmond and Juanita Park, from 2001 to 2015. As a senator, Lt. Gov. Stack was the Democratic chair of the Banking and Insurance Committee and a member of the Aging and Youth, Communications and Technology, Judiciary, Local Government, and Policy committees.

The picture below was taken in the Lieutenant Governor’s Private Office. The backdrop of this photo is the main architectural feature of the private office. It is a fireplace with a rose red Numidian North African Marble surround and mantel. Above the mantel, rising to the height of the ceiling, is a Palladian-inspired over-mantel made of mahogany, containing a custom clock with a dial of the Pennsylvania Coat of Arms in polished brass. The remaining portion of the wall contains portraits of past lieutenant governors.

Incredible Letter from a Patients Family

We received a personal letter from one of our patients family members today and would like to share it with everyone. Good job Margaret!

Dear Ms. Dudley,

I’m writing to tell you how incredibly grateful I am to Margaret, the occupational therapist who helped my mother get back on track after a very severe shoulder injury. My mother’s name is Louise, and she lives in Room 407 at Deer Meadows. As soon as my mother got back from the hospital, I received a call from Margaret, who had immediately intuited that it would require a special effort to make a connection with my mother. My mother suffered an anoxic brain injury four years ago, and after a long phone call, Margaret really “got her.” She found out her name was Joan, not Louise, and that the way to connect with her was through humor. She went through family photo albums with her to spark her memory, and she educated the aides to allow my mother to do things for herself rather than do it themselves in the interest of time. In these ways and many more, through texts and phone calls with me on her own time, Margaret was able to get my mother back very to a level very close to where she was before the surgery. This means the world to me and my family. So I just wanted to give a little shout out to Margaret, an unsung hero–at least she is to us!

All best wishes,

Dawn Drzal

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