Impact and Value

Impact on Patient Care & Outcomes

New York State created the SHIN-NY to allow the electronic exchange of clinical information and connect healthcare professionals statewide. Learn More

Impact on Patient Care & Outcomes

Most patients receive care from more than one doctor, practice, or hospital. Even with relatively simple healthcare needs, keeping track of information and coordinating that 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.

Following over a decade of foundation-building and evolution, the SHIN-NY now connects all hospitals in New York State, is used by well over 100,000 healthcare and community-based professionals, and supports the care of millions of people who live in or receive care in New York.

Each month, the SHIN-NY sends over 10 million alerts to care team members about patient emergency department or hospital visits, supporting care transitions.
Patient health records within the SHIN-NY are accessed over 8 million times monthly across the state by provider and public health participants, supporting the care of over 600,000 patients.
Diagnostic lab results for over 575,000 patients are electronically exchanged between treating providers via the SHIN-NY each month.

The SHIN-NY enables and supports value-based care, reducing 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:

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50% Reduction
in rate of hospital readmissions
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26% Reduction
in rate of emergency department visits
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35% reduction
in rate of repeat imaging procedures
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10% lower
30-day readmission rate among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries

Value to Healthcare System

To learn about how providers in communities across the state improve their patient care by using the SHIN-NY, watch our SHIN-NY Spotlight videos. View Success Stories

Value to Healthcare System

Health information exchange (HIE), the sharing of clinical data across the boundaries of healthcare institutions and other health data repositories, is imperative to efforts to improve care delivery.

Many stakeholder groups (payers, patients, providers, and others) realize that if such data are shared, healthcare processes can improve with respect to safety, quality, cost, and other indicators.

The SHIN-NY enables and supports value-based care, leading to better care and lower costs. Use of the SHIN-NY to access patient information is associated with an approximately $160-195 million annual reduction in unnecessary healthcare spending — including significant savings to Medicaid and Medicare.

To submit additional recent examples showcasing the value of HIE for consideration for inclusion, please contact us.
Statewide Network for Clinical Data Sharing Reduces Healthcare Costs by an Estimated $160-195 Million AnnuallyView/Download PDF
Pulling Information in Response to a Push: Usage of Query-Based Health Information Exchange in Response to an Event Alert. A Preliminary ReportView/Download PDF
Quantifying Benefits of Using Health Information Exchange to Support Public Health STI Reporting and Treatment in Western New YorkView Article
Do Health Information Exchanges Deter Repetition of Medical Services?View Article
Hospitalization Event Notifications and Reductions in Readmissions of Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries in the Bronx, New YorkView Article
Health Information Exchange in the Wild: The Association Between Organizational Capability and Perceived utility of Clinical Event Notifications in Ambulatory and Community CareView Article
An Empirical Analysis of the Financial Benefits of Health Information Exchange in Emergency DepartmentsView Article
Health Information Exchange and the Frequency of Repeat Medical ImagingView Article
The Potential for Community-Based Health Information Exchange Systems to Reduce Hospital ReadmissionsView Article
Local Public Health Efforts Bolstered by Use of Health Information ExchangeView Article
Association Between use of a Health Information Exchange System and Hospital AdmissionsView Article
Health Information Exchange Improves Identification of Frequent Emergency Department UsersView Article
The Case for Payer Participation in Health Information ExchangeView/Download PDF
Health Information Exchange Associated with Improved Emergency Department Care Through Faster Accessing of Patient Information from Outside OrganizationsView Article
Using Health Information Exchanges to Calculate Clinical Quality Measures: A Study of Barriers and FacilitatorsView Article
Assessing Payer Perspectives on Health Information ExchangeView Article
Differing Strategies to Meet Information-Sharing Needs: Publicly Supported Community Health Information Exchanges Versus Health Systems’ Enterprise Health Information ExchangesView Article
Health Information Exchange Readiness for Demonstrating Return on Investment and Quality of CareView Article
Washington State Medicaid: Implementation and Impact of “ER is for Emergencies” ProgramView/Download PDF
The Financial Impact of Health Information Exchange on Emergency Department CareView Article
Health information exchange — HealthIT.govView Article