New York State is starting to roll out its statewide health information exchange with agreements with three local HIEs serving 13 million of the state’s nearly 19.5 million residents.

Brooklyn Health Information Exchange, eHealth Network of Long Island and THINC have joined the state network and will this summer connect their databases and infrastructures. These HIEs cover New York City’s five boroughs, Long Island and the Hudson Valley.

Three HIE vendors serving the local HIEs--HealthUnity, IBM and InterSystems--will cooperate toward further development of the statewide exchange and will standardize software to ease interoperability.

The statewide HIE initially will offer a patient record look-up service to enable searching across databases within the statewide network to find records relevant to specific patients, then will add secure messaging software using the federally developed Direct Project protocols.

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