January 6, 2011 – Connecting the Dots with Electronic Medical Records, Christina Galanis & John Hayek

Christina Galanis, executive director of Southern Tier HealthLink (STHL)

John Hayek, project coordinator for (STHL)

Galanis, executive director of Southern Tier HealthLink (STHL) and John Hayek, project coordinator for STHL will provide an overview of the significant implications for our regional economy and the opportunity for healthcare, both regionally and statewide.  The Southern Tier HealthLink (STHL) is a regional health information organization (RHIO) established in 2005 as a partnership bringing together UHS, Lourdes hospital, area healthcare providers and consumers in Central New York.  Its Mission is to “connect the dots” with e-health technology to improve health care quality, access and safety, while reducing costs in our healthcare system.

“Connecting the Dots with Electronic Medical Records: Implications for the regional economy and health care training”

Binghamton University

Speakers – Christina Galanis – (Southern Tier HealthLink STHL), John Hayek- (Southern Tier HealthLink STHL)
Attendees – Barbara Drago (State University of New York System Administration), Bob Stezzi (Stezzi Training and Consulting), Christian Harris (NYS Department of Labor), Darcy M. Fauci (Broome County Office Building), Jeanne Eschbach (Corning Community College CCC), Judy Kitchin (Binghamton University), Kevin Drumm (Broome Community College), Kevin McLaughlin (Southern Tier Regional Office), Lori Gwin (Corning Community College), Margaret J Decker MS, RN (Binghamton University), Marleen Clark (Binghamton University), Merry Harris (Binghamton Local Development Corporation BLDC), Myrna Ann Webb (NYS DoLabor, Workforce NY), Philip Goodman, M.D. (Binghamton, New York), Rebecca Ducsik (Broome-Tioga Workforce New York), Robin Eccleston (Southern Tier Association for Human Resources STAHR), Roni O’Geen (Empire State College), Scott Bowen (Binghamton University), Scott Kinne (Reporters Transcription Center), Susan Greener (TC3.biz), Thomas Kowalik (Binghamton University)


  • T. Kowalik welcomed members and participants and provided an overview about SUNY BEST. He reminded members the next meeting of this group will be in February at BCC and the topic will address marketing plans, and integrating and leveraging social media tools. He encouraged members to invite representatives from regional businesses to the February meeting.
  • Southern Tier HealthLink (STHL) Executive Director Christian Galanis presented the significant implications for our regional economy and the opportunity for healthcare training regionally and statewide. She and John Hayek, project coordinator, demonstrated how NYS is at the forefront of medical records transition and integration in the United States.  She shared why STHL is viewed as one of the most progressive RHIOs in the state.  Provided are some Helpful informational links.  SUNYBEST members were encouraged to visit the STHL websitewww.sthlny.com where they can learn more about the organization.
  • In this program, the panelists shared the process they have been involved in, data and other information they have considered, and their ideas for moving forward. The floor was then opened for questions and comments.

Next Meeting:
The next meeting is Thursday, February 3, 2011 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, at Broome Community College, Decker 117, Binghamton, NY.