NY Legislature Allocates $55m for Statewide HIE | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

NY Legislature Allocates $55m for Statewide HIE

March 31, 2014
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

The New York State Legislature voted this week to expand and build out the statewide health information exchange (HIE) with an investment of $55 million.

The money going to the HIE, the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (the SHIN-NY), will be spend on connecting SHIN-NY’s ten regional health information organizations (RHIOs) and increasing doctor and patient participation in the network. Thus far, SHIN-NY has connected 72 percent of New York State hospitals to the HIE. SHIN-NY is overseen by the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), a non-profit that works in concert with the New York State Department of Health.

“We are thankful that Governor Cuomo, Senator Kemp Hannon, Assemblyman Dick Gottfried, the New York State Assembly led by Speaker Silver, and the Senate led by co-Leaders Skelos and Klein, have authorized critical funds in the final budget for building New York’s electronic health record system,” Dave Whitlinger, Executive Director of NYeC, said in a statement. “The SHIN-NY already provides thousands of healthcare providers with access to millions of patient records daily and we are starting to see game changing shifts in efficiency, cost and quality of care through its usage.  Now is the time for us to get every aspect of the healthcare system, including the patient engaged.

In the last year, NYeC has begun to work on a patient portal for those connected by the HIE and added direct messaging capabilities between clinicians. It plans on launching an API (application programming interface) for the SHIN-NY, which will allow access to the data within the network and will serve as the gateway enabling developers to build new healthcare technology applications on top of it.

Topics

News

Former Health IT Head in San Diego County Charged with Defrauding Provider out of $800K

The ex-health IT director at North County Health Services, a San Diego County-based healthcare service provider, has been charged with spearheading fraudulent operations that cost the organization $800,000.

Allscripts Touts 1 Billion API Shares in 2017

Officials from Chicago-based health IT vendor Allscripts have attested that the company has reached a new milestone— one billion application programming interface (API) data exchange transactions in 2017.

Dignity Health, CHI Merging to Form New Catholic Health System

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), based in Englewood, Colorado, and San Francisco-based Dignity Health officially announced they are merging and have signed a definitive agreement to combine ministries and create a new, nonprofit Catholic health system.

HHS Announces Winning Solutions in Opioid Code-a-Thon

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted this week a first-of-its-kind two-day Code-a-Thon to use data and technology to develop new solutions to address the opioid epidemic.

In GAO Report, More Concern over VA VistA Modernization Project

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report is calling into question the more than $1 billion that has been spent to modernize the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) health IT system.

Lawmakers Introduce Legislation Aimed at Improving Medicare ACO Program

U.S. Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT) and Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) have introduced H.R. 4580, the ACO Improvement Act of 2017 that makes changes to the Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) program.