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    Scranton, Pa. (Sept. 16, 2020) - "Sharing Data, Saving Lives: The Healthcare Interoperability Agenda," a special program advocating for the seamless exchange of patient health information between providers and healthcare systems -- and even patients themselves -- will premiere Thursday, Sept. 17, on WVIA-TV at 8 p.m. and on the Pennsylvania Cable Network at 9 p.m. Additional WVIA air dates include Sunday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 1, at 9 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 11, at 5 p.m.
    Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, CEO of The Wright Center for Community Health and President of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, moderated a panel discussion that also included a video message from Dr. Don Rucker, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology for the United States Department of Health & Human Services, who congratulated The Wright Center's efforts for leading this important charge.
    Health information sharing is more critical than ever in the wake of COVID-19. The pandemic exposed crucial infrastructure needs in our local, regional and national healthcare delivery and public health systems, and has significantly amplified the clinical, operational and business risks that result from a lack of digital information sharing,” Dr. Thomas-Hemak explained. 
    Inspired by American College of Physicians Advocacy Day efforts, “Sharing Data: Saving Lives” features input from Wright Center leadership and key thought leaders from healthcare organizations across the region, state and even our federal government.
    Also joining Dr. Thomas-Hemak in person on the panel:

    • Dr. Jignesh Y. Sheth, Chief Medical Officer for The Wright Center for Community Health 
    • Dr. David Lopatofsky, Chief Medical Officer for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Susquehanna Region 
    • Kim Chaundry, MBA, Senior Director of IT, External Customer Relations, Geisinger; Operations Director for the Keystone Health Information Exchange in the Northeast
    • Christian Carmody, MBA, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Technology and Services, UPMC, who oversees Clinical Connect, Western Pennsylvania's Health Information Exchange

    The Wright Center’s mission is to improve the health and welfare of our community through inclusive and responsive health services and the sustainable renewal of an inspired, competent workforce that is privileged to serve. This mission is carried out in two complementary entities: The Wright Center for Community Health (TWCCH) and The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education (TWCGME).
    TWCCH is a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike with a growing network of nine existing community health centers throughout Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wayne counties that provide safety net, comprehensive primary and preventive healthcare, including medical, dental, mental health/substance abuse and Ryan White HIV services, to medically underserved populations regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.
    TWCGME is the largest, national Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Consortium that is dedicated to training compassionate, highly skilled physicians in community immersed clinical learning networks collectively striving to address our nation’s physician shortage and related healthcare access disparities.
    For more information, visit TheWrightCenter.org.
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