Better Health Outcomes for All New Yorkers:
How the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) Improves Care
Connected Health Providers
Most patients receive care from more than one doctor, practice, or hospital. Even with relatively simple healthcare needs, keeping track of and coordinating information among doctors can be a daunting task.
Health information exchange (HIE) allows the secure and confidential electronic sharing of health data, ensuring doctors, with patient consent, have access to the most accurate and up-to-date information about patients’ health and treatment history. Two common forms of HIE include patient record lookup, which allows doctors to retrieve individual patient records, and alerts, which allows doctors to subscribe to receive real-time updates about their patients, e.g. notification of hospital admission.
New York State created the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) to allow the electronic exchange of clinical information and connect healthcare professionals statewide. On behalf of New York State, the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC, pronounced “nice”) leads the advancement of the SHIN-NY. The SHIN-NY is a statewide network that facilitates secure and confidential sharing of patient data across the healthcare system to improve outcomes.
Today, the SHIN-NY connects 100% of hospitals in New York State, over 100,000 medical providers, and represents millions of people who live in or receive care in New York.
The SHIN-NY enables and supports value-based care, helping to reduce unnecessary or duplicative treatment, leading to better care, healthier patients, and lower costs. Use of the SHIN-NY to access patient information is associated with approximately:
50% reduction in the rate of hospital readmissions
26% reduction in the rate of emergency department admissions
35% reduction in the rate of repeat imaging procedures
10% lower 30-day readmission rate among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries
Patient information in the SHIN-NY is protected under SHIN-NY Regulations, HIPAA, other applicable federal and state laws, and national data exchange standards, making data safe and secure. Only a patient decides who can see their records. Patients must give consent to their doctors to access records and may opt out of system at any time.
Give Your Consent!
Next time you visit your healthcare provider, ask them about how you can give your consent to share your health data with other members of your care team.
Approximately 11.1 million adult New Yorkers have provided patient consent.
The SHIN-NY is comprised of and connects New York's Qualified Entities (QEs) that are regional health information exchanges. Each QE enrolls participants within their community, including those from hospitals, clinics, FQHCs, home care agencies, payers, and ambulatory practices, among others, so they can access and exchange electronic health information with participants in their region and across the state.