SHIN-NY health data hub launches
- By Derek Major
- Jul 21, 2015
New York hospitals have taken another step toward statewide sharing of electronic heath records.
After an investment of $100 million and three years of development, the State Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) electronic hub will connect all doctors and patients across the state, allowing them to share medical information to improve care, reduce costs and allow public health officials to spot trends, according to a Capital New York article.
The goal of SHIN-NY (pronounced shiny) is for a patient who lives in one part of the state to be able to see a doctor living in a different city or town without having to bring their medical records with them.
Nine separate Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) across the state currently hold the medical data and are slowly adding their information to the network.
The first step is to ensure the security of medical records and to make sure the data exchange works, which will take about a month.
SHIN-NY has received significant attention last year when the state health department raised concerns about the system’s interoperability, privacy and security.
Despite getting the program back on track, hurdles still exist.
Athough almost 90 percent of hospitals are connected to SHIN-NY, only 34 percent of patients in the state have signed consent forms allowing doctors to access records. Other issues include private physicians that are hesitant to join SHIN-NY and the quality of the records being shared, according to a New York 1 report.
Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.