The New York State Department of Health has published its draft Statewide Health Information for New York (SHIN-NY) regulation. The proposal describes the policy and funding framework for SHIN-NY and related privacy and security policies, as well as exchange services.

NY DOH says the regulation codifies certain requirements that have already been incorporated into grant contracts between the DOH and grantees under the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL NY) Capital Grant Program. Through HEAL NY, the department has provided more than $400 million for health information technology projects.

The regulation establishes the structure for the SHIN-NY after the HEAL NY program winds down and the state loses the ability to enforce requirements solely through grant contracts. The DOH will continue to partner with a state designated entity, whose functions are set out.

In order to participate in the SHIN-NY, health information exchange organizations will need to be certified under a qualified entity certification process and satisfy certification requirements on an ongoing basis under the procedures established by the regulation.

The public comment period ends Oct. 20. The full text of the draft is available here.

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