- New York-based Hixny will now provide health data exchange services to nine additional counties as it expands its territory over an 18-month period.
The health information exchange (HIE) is one of New York’s eight qualified entities (QE) part of the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY). SHIN-NY functions as a network of networks overseen by the New York State Department of Health.
“The success of the SHIN-NY hinges on meeting the needs of providers based on complete, accurate and up-to-date data,” said Hixny CEO Mark McKinney. “At Hixny we've demonstrated the effectiveness of our model – and want to do the same for the providers and patients in our neighboring regions.”
One hundred percent of hospitals and three out of every four providers are currently connected to Hixny in the HIE’s current region. Furthermore, ninety-two percent of adult patients have given consent to providers to include their EHRs in the exchange.
Expanding health data exchange capabilities for providers in additional counties will help to boost information sharing in regions including the Hudson Valley and Southern Tier. These areas have historically lagged in provider HIE participation.
“Their reputation precedes them,” said Pleasant Valley-based family practitioner and new Hixny participant Yuk-Wah Chan, MD. “More than ever, physicians need to deliver higher quality and more personalized care to their patients while lowering costs – to do that, you need access to the best, most reliable data. And that's Hixny.”
This growth in participation will help to drive improvements in care quality, health data access, and care coordination for providers.
Medical centers and clinics in Elmsford, Hawthorne, Yorktown, Kingston, Stone Ridge, Saugerties, and Pleasant Valley have already signed participation agreements with the HIE.
“We are pleased to welcome these new providers to Hixny; their decision proves that providers who have a choice will choose better data,” said McKinney. “Hixny is changing the game and this news is only the first of many announcements that demonstrate why Hixny is the best option.”
The non-profit HIE currently assists in facilitating care coordination and continuity of care in 28 counties across New York.
There is no cost to participate in Hixny. Patients that consent to include their health information in the exchange also gain access to the Hixny patient portal — Hixny for you — which allows patients to view their own medical histories online.
Other QEs part of SHIN-NY include Rochester RHIO, HEALTHeLINK, HealthlinkNY, NYCIG, Bronx RHIO, and Healthix.
Since 2017, SHIN-NY has been working to fulfill the aims of its 2020 roadmap. The roadmap was developed in collaboration with the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the New York State Department of Health.
The roadmap outlines the projected evolution for the network-of-networks under the evolving value-based care system. Specifically, the roadmap sets forth strategies to achieve new performance-based contracting, policy changes, and advocacy.
SHIN-NY is also working to ensure a strong HIE foundation across the state by achieving 100 percent hospital participation across New York, with all hospitals contributing full data by 2020. SHIN-NY also intends to require that all network QEs achieve HITRUST certification by the end of this year.
SHIN-NY is currently in the process of implementing up to three enhanced functionality projects and three additional data and service projects. The network is also working to develop basic alerts without a written consent option and gain patient consent from 95 percent of adult New York residents.
Through these efforts, SHIN-NY plans to improve care quality and increase fiscal accountability for providers in the state.