The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), the state designed entity for the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY), recently announced that SHIN-NY, a “network of networks” that links New York’s eight regional Qualified Entities (QEs) throughout the state, now holds healthcare records for more than 40 million patients, processes over 2.8 million transactions a month, and has over 62,000 users.
Indeed, NYeC works in partnership with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to improve healthcare through health IT. Founded in 2006 by healthcare leaders, NYeC receives funding from state and federal grants to serve as the focal point for health IT in the state of New York. NYeC coordinated the creation of the SHIN-NY to allow the electronic exchange of clinical records between participating healthcare providers.
But despite the healthcare data that is in-house and the high volume of transactions per month via the health information exchange (HIE), state health IT leaders still face the core challenge of making the data it has, from stakeholders throughout the state, usable. This was a key topic of discussion at the New York HIT Summit, sponsored by Healthcare Informatics, on Sept. 27.
(Source: Healthcare Informatics)