SHIN-NY Value to Healthcare System

The Value of Health Information Exchange

The Value of Health Information Exchange

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

Many stakeholder groups (payers, patients, providers, and others) realize that if such data are shared, healthcare processes would 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. Explore recent examples showcasing the value of health information exchange including the Statewide Health Information Exchange for New York (SHIN-NY).

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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.

The SHIN-NY is also associated with an 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
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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

Value of HIE for Patients

Value of HIE for Patients

Most patients receive medical 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 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.

There is value in healthcare providers having a single, centralized health record that can be accessed at any location patients receive care. New York State is at the forefront of health information exchange. The Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) creates a secure, statewide network of electronic health records designed to improve healthcare for all New Yorkers by ensuring that doctors have instant and accessible information about their patients, anywhere and anytime.