With funding greenlight, what does NY need to unite its 10 health information exchanges?

New York’s eHealth Collaborative scored a big win in its effort to stitch together the 10 regional health information exchanges into a statewide network. The New York legislature approved the $55 million in funding required to set it up earlier this month. In an audio interview with Healthcare Info Security to discuss the SHIN-NY, New […]

New York’s eHealth Collaborative scored a big win in its effort to stitch together the 10 regional health information exchanges into a statewide network. The New York legislature approved the $55 million in funding required to set it up earlier this month. In an audio interview with Healthcare Info Security to discuss the SHIN-NY, New York eHealth Collaborative Executive Director David Whitlinger said one of its priorities will be to ensure that at least half the providers in the state contribute data to the network to make it worthwhile.

“Commercial plans are incentivizing providers to care what other providers are doing,” he said in the interview. The idea is that providers can find patient records no matter where people may move across the state to get a more complete picture of their health.

Whitlinger added in the interview that it’s also poised to start beta testing its patient portal developed by Mana Health, which won a design challenge last year. Once it’s set up, users can log in to the patient portal to look up the details of their health records and medical history.

The legislature will set up a work group to evaluate regulations produced by the department of health and the NYeC.  The work group will evaluate the proposed draft regulations defining the role of the SHIN-NY and how it operates and will also make recommendations in a report to the governor and legislature by December 1.

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