James R. Kaskie Joins Hospital and Health Plan CEOs in Signing Patient Consent Forms to Kick off Industry Drive

Updated: 6/10/2010

Goal of drive is to secure 10,000 signed consent forms from hospital and health plan employees



James R. Kaskie and CEOs of the region’s leading hospital systems and health plans who also represent the founding organizations of HEALTHeLINK, the Western New York Clinical Information Exchange, Wednesday launched a month-long drive to increase the number of completed patient consent/election forms.  The CEOs gathered at Computer Task Group (CTG) headquarters on Delaware Avenue to sign their own consent/election forms as part of an effort to obtain an additional 10,000 forms from their employees.  By signing a consent/election form, a patient indicates their choice as to whether or not they would like their clinical information accessible to physicians and other healthcare professionals through HEALTHeLINK. It is to the patient’s benefit to have his or her wishes about access to their information acknowledged before they are faced with a medical emergency.

In the coming days, information will be distributed regarding how Kaleida Health employees can help HEALTHeLINK meet its goal of obtaining 10,000 new consents.

HEALTHeLINK is a privacy-protected, community-based system for health care providers to electronically share important medical and clinical information more efficiently. 

Physicians and health care providers throughout Western New York can better serve patients by sharing medical information like lab results, radiology results and medication history electronically.  

HEALTHeLINK utilizes the most advanced technologies to keep patient health information secure and safe. Encryption, password protection and the ability to track every viewer and other safeguards are used to protect the consumer and their information.

Joining James R. Kaskie in signing their consent/election forms at the event were Alphonso O’Neil-White, president and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York; Joseph McDonald, president and CEO of the Catholic Health System; Jody Lomeo, CEO of Erie County Medical Center Corporation; Dr. Michael Cropp, president and CEO of Independent Health and the chairman of the board of directors of HEALTHeLINK; James Kaskie, president and CEO of Kaleida Health; Dr. Donald Trump, president and CEO of Roswell Park Cancer Institute; and Art Wingerter, president and CEO of Univera Healthcare.

To date, more than 90,000 individuals throughout Western New York have signed consent/election forms, with the vast majority agreeing to have potentially life-saving information available to physicians where and when it’s needed most.

Often patients are asked to acknowledge their choice in their physician’s office; however, patients need not wait for a visit to the doctor. Patients who sign consent forms outside a clinical setting must have a witness countersign the document as well. To learn more about HEALTHeLINK and the patient consent process, health care consumers are encouraged to call 206-0993 ext. 311.


Phone: 206-0993 ext. 311