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People Inc. Associate Vice President Frank Azzarelli Joins Senior Obama Administration Officials for Health Care Technology Discussion


Congressman Brian Higgins with Associate Vice President Frank Azzarelli 


People Inc. is pleased to announce that Associate Vice President Frank Azzarelli was recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington by the Director of HEALTHeLINK™ to take part in a discussion on Healthcare and Information Technology. This appointment is due to Azzarelli’s participation in People Inc.’s Elmwood Health Center’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR) process and his work with HEALTHeLINK™.

Azzarelli joined senior Obama Administration officials and fellow health care providers in June for a discussion on how health information technology can help improve care quality and patient health. Azzarelli and members of his management team have led the Elmwood Health Center, a Buffalo-based health care facility, into the next level of technology through its Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system, which has enhanced both customer service and care.

Through an electronic medical exchange of patient information, physicians and health care providers can share critical health information such as alerts of dangerous drug combinations and advice about testing, treatments and prescriptions.

“We are pleased to see that the hard work of our Beacon Community partners such as People Inc. being recognized by the Office of the National Coordinator and the Obama Administration. The collaboration in the community between HEALTHeLINK™ and entities such as People Inc. will lead to real and tangible outcomes that positively impact the care being provided to thousands of residents in Western New York afflicted with diabetes as is our charge through the Beacon initiative,” said Daniel E. Porreca, executive director, HEALTHeLINK™.

Azzarelli was named Associate Vice President for People Inc. in May 2012. He provides guidance and leadership to People Inc.’s Elmwood Health Center where the focus of his work is the stability and growth of this vital community based health center. He joined People Inc. in June 2007 as the director of the Elmwood Heath Center.

With more than 30 years of healthcare management experience, Azzarelli has successfully developed and led a variety of growth initiatives and strategic planning projects throughout his career. He also has been a key architect for numerous successful joint venture partnerships over the years to include ancillary and professional health care services.

Azzarelli, a resident of Kenmore, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center (ENAHEC), serves as the Vice Chairperson of the Safety Net Association of Primary Care Affiliated Providers of Western New York (SNAPCAP) and is the Chairperson-elect of that group. He also serves on the HEALTHeLINK™ Advisory Committee. Azzarelli is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.

HEALTHeLINK™, the Western New York Clinical Information Exchange, is a non-profit organization established to develop a privacy-protected, community-based system for health care providers and consumers to electronically share important medical and clinical information more efficiently.

The Elmwood Health Center, an affiliate of People Inc., is a health care facility that provides a wide range of medical, rehabilitative therapies and counseling services for adults, seniors, teens, and children, as well as specially designed services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

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