NY Startups Make The Case For Funding HIE

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | February 27, 2014

A group of leaders from 33 digital health companies in New York are calling on the legislature to fund the Statewide Health Information Network of New York, or SHIN-NY, just as the organization’s connecting HIEs and information systems are starting to build a critical mass.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing an appropriation of $65 million to SHIN-NY, a part of the new York eHealth Collaborative, to help connect New York’s ten regional health information organizations and increase provider participation.

Those ten RHIOs “are currently silo-ed,” the group wrote in a letter to legislators, and linking up to SHIN-NY would leave New York as “the first large state to implement a statewide health information exchange that is not tethered to a specific healthcare provider.”