Obsolete practices such as handwritten notes or aging technologies like fax machines are still prevalent in healthcare. These practices can sometimes increase medical errors and costs. The adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) has helped to reduce medical errors, but EHRs alone are not a panacea for improving how we deliver healthcare. In our highly mobile society, the information contained in health records must be easily accessible and shareable among doctors and healthcare facilities anywhere a patient travels in order to be truly useful and save lives.
That’s where the SHIN-NY comes in. By providing a way for healthcare professionals to easily and securely share electronic health information, we can significantly improve patient safety and care while reducing wasteful cost in the system. This requires the creation of a secure technical infrastructure, a set of regulations as to how the network will be governed, and policies which allow the flow of information while simultaneously safeguarding all patients’ information and right to privacy.
HIMSS announced the launch of the ConCert by HIMSS™, a testing and certification program that assures secure and reliable transfer of data among electronic health records, health information exchanges, and health information services providers within and across organizational and state boundaries.
New York eHealth Collaborative and Partnership Fund for NYC Announce Call for Applications for New York Digital Health Accelerator 2015 Class
The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the Partnership Fund for New York City (Partnership Fund) launched its third annual call for applications for the New York Digital Health Accelerator (NYDHA), a five-month program for early- and growth-stage companies that’s making New York a hub for the emerging digital health technology industry.
The New York State Legislature voted to support New York’s electronic health records system – known as the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (the SHIN-NY). The final New York State Fiscal Year 2015-16 Budget includes $45M in State funding for the SHIN-NY and its Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs), which will continue the work to build this public network, allowing healthcare providers and patients to seamlessly access electronic health records throughout the state.
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Sky Christopherson is something of an anomaly—and a “Wunderkind,” according to The New York Times. He doesn’t come from the healthcare world, but he’s using what he learned from healthcare practitioners to change sports. An athlete on the U.S. Cycling Team and a member of “Project 96″ prior to the Atlanta Olympics, Christopherson retired after the 2000 Sydney Olympics, frustrated with the doping culture of sport that would eventually cost Lance Armstrong his Tour de France titles and disqualify the US men’s cycling team from the 2012 Olympics.
The value of electronic health records comes from being interconnected, giving doctors secure and confidential access to consenting patients’ medical information anytime, anywhere, and potentially saving lives. Interconnectivity enables transmission of patient clinical records through a network connection.