Crain’s Health Pulse recently sat down with our Executive Director, Valerie Grey, to discuss the role health information technology and the state’s health information exchange, the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY), can play in improving outcomes and cutting costs, and what next steps need to be taken to advance care.
The overarching goal for everything we do is to improve care, to reduce costs, improve the health of communities, and, what’s sometimes lost, is we want to make providers lives easier. SHIN-NY delivered about 20 million alerts last year—that’s 20 million pings on caregivers and care team members. That’s a 95% increase over the previous year. We are reaching critical mass. We’ve got virtually every hospital in and 80,000 other providers across the state. We’re in the 60% to 70% range for long-term care. Federally qualified health centers are in the 90% range. Physicians are where we’ve got some work to do. Probably the statewide average percentage-wise is in the 50’s to 60’s and we want to get to 70%. We’ve got a goal of 100% of hospitals contributing high quality data and 70% for everybody else. We’re also finding ways to incentivize performance through funding mechanisms.
(Source: Crain’s New York Business)