SHIN-NY Spotlight | Issue 2 | September 2016

We’re pleased to share the second issue of the SHIN-NY Spotlight, a quarterly update on the progress we’re making on developing the Statewide Health Information Network for New York.

Under the direction of the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH), the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) was established to allow the electronic exchange of clinical records between participating providers. The SHIN-NY is comprised of eight regional Qualified Entities (QEs) that together form a network where their participating providers, with patient consent, can search for and exchange electronic health information in a timely and secure manner with any other participating provider in the state.

The SHIN-NY interconnects the QEs’ health information exchanges (HIEs). Each QE enrolls provider participants, including hospitals, clinics, labs, radiologists, and ambulatory physicians so that they can exchange patient information via the HIE regardless of the venue in which the patient receives care. QE participants may share data and services within and across regions using standard protocols. This enables collaboration and coordination of care and helps to reduce duplicate tests or unnecessary and avoidable procedures.

During the course of 2015, New York State completed the successful rollout of the Statewide Patient Record Lookup (sPRL) capability, allowing healthcare providers to retrieve individual patient records from both their local QE and across the statewide network after receiving consent from the patient. This capability is further explained later in this issue.

To read the September issue of the SHIN-NY Spotlight click here.