The organizations responsible for New York's statewide health information exchange network, known as the SHIN-NY, are losing no time leveraging the $45 million they received in funding in the state's 2015-16 budget.

The network, coordinated by the New York eHealth Collaborative, will begin providing statewide patient record lookup after July 1, New York State Department of Health public affairs group director Monica Mahaffey told Health Data Management.

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The record lookup function is just one of a core set of services which each regional health information organization (RHIO) must provide through SHIN-NY. Other services include:

*Secure messaging

*Consent management

*Admission and discharge notifications

*Identity management and security

*Provider and public health clinical viewer

*Public health integration

*Diagnostic results delivery

Oversight of the funding and RHIO performance in meeting targets will be the responsibility of the health department, Mahaffey said. In addition, a certification body is performing an assessment to certify that RHIOs can support the minimum set of core services and can support SHIN-NY policies.

The state is also offering financial incentive to providers to connect to their respective RHIOs. Through funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the New York State Department of Health has set aside $4.6 million for Meaningful Use-eligible providers to connect with their RHIOs. Practices may be eligible to receive up to $30,000 depending on the number of providers connected. The funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and should defray some costs providers receive from their EHR vendors to interface with their RHIO, according to Mahaffey.

Eight RHIOs will be participating in the SHIN-NY once the statewide functionality goes online. Two mergers, one between two RHIOs serving New York's Southern Tier and the Hudson Valley, and another between two RHIOs in New York City and Long Island, are in the final stages of approval, according to executives from those RHIOs.

New York eHealth Collaborative executives say that more than 50,000 physicians and providers are participating in the SHIN-NY and more than 7 million New Yorkers have given consent for their medical records to be shared.

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