The Governor of the State of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has requested added financial aid for SHIN-NY, the state's health information network. According to FierceHealthIT, Cuomo now has support in his efforts from many industry participants, who came together to draft a letter to the New York State legislature wherein they list some of the reasons for standing behind Cuomo's budget plan.
Some 80 CEOs put their names to this letter, which positions this network as an important part of the state's health administration. Typically, SHIN-NY has been made up of nine different Qualified Entities that have been separated, but the CEOs said that this will be the first year that these entities come together to be interconnected, possibly providing greater health records access across the entire state.
The authors also express hope that, by strengthening SHIN-NY, the state will also encourage health startups in the area while saving money and help make testing processes less "redundant."
"Since its founding, the SHIN-NY has made important progress," the letter states. "Today, more than 50,000 doctors and healthcare providers participate in the SHIN-NY and over 7 million New Yorkers have given consent for their medical records to be shared." The statement also said this exchange was valuable for "connecting electronic health records so patients and doctors can securely access their clinical health information at no charge."
Managing resources and continuing to grow as exchange expansion opportunities make themselves available can be more of a part of a practice's plan if they are working with healthcare consulting firms. Access to a consultant with particular expertise in helping care providers meet IT needs could be a useful aid for understanding and processing data generated in different ways.