New York State lawmakers have approved $45 million in 2015-16 funding for the state’s health data exchange—the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY)—which aids providers and patients in accessing data from EHRs throughout the state.

The funding for the SHIN-NY will also help to make a core set of standard services available to all participants. These services will allow physicians to look up individual patient records through a search engine, exchange secure messages with other physicians, and receive alerts when their patients have an important event such as entering an emergency room or being discharged from a hospital.

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To date, more than 50,000 providers participate in the SHIN-NY and more than 7 million New Yorkers have given consent for their medical records to be shared. New York is the first large state in the country building a public network of interconnected EHRs of this kind.

“By enabling healthcare providers to securely share vital health information throughout the state, the SHIN-NY will help to improve the quality, efficiency and ease of treatment for patients,” said Dave Whitlinger, executive director of the New York eHealth Collaborative, which coordinates activities for the SHIN-NY.

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