The New York State Department of Health and the New York eHealth Collaborative presented a comprehensive plan on October 26 to the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) under which New York would use $129 million in state and federal funds to fully implement the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY). SHIN-NY would link several existing regional networks to enable medical professionals throughout New York State to instantly access secure medical histories, diagnoses, prescription records, laboratory tests, radiology tests, and other information vital to patient care, especially in medical emergencies. SHIN-NY could rapidly become the largest statewide health information exchange (HIE) in the United States. Core HIE services (such as record locators and security features) are scheduled for launch in June 2011 to be followed by a series of incremental additions (such as full implementation of medication management features) in 2012 and 2013.
About Tom Entrikin
A former policy specialist with the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration (now Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)), Tom Entrikin has vast experience providing technical assistance to states on Medicaid eligibility, coverage, and reimbursement; provider certification and enrollment; program integrity; recovery of third party liabilities; Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) performance specifications and operations; interagency agreements; contracts with managed care organizations; and Medicaid waiver programs.