Niagara Family Medicine Associates, a primary care physician group received $50,000 and Dr. Ronald Clark, DO Family Medicine received $10,000 to purchase and implement their EMR systems. The funds were available through a new program administered by HEALTHeLINK, Western New York’s clinical information exchange and funded by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Independent Health, and Univera Healthcare. The program is designed to help Western New York physicians acquire and implement EMRs.
In addition to the funding HEALTHeLINK is providing 100 hours of consulting services to each practice to help transform their processes and workflow to ensure a smooth transition from paper to EMRs. Effective use of an EMR system will help Niagara Family Medicine Associates and Dr. Clark qualify for available federal stimulus funds.
To be eligible for financial assistance, a physician practice must be located in Erie, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genessee, Niagara, Orleans or Wyoming County and be a participating provider with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Independent Health or Univera Healthcare. In addition to primary care providers, the program will support pediatricians and OB/GYN providers.