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Letter: Network will improve patient care statewide

Network will improve patient care statewide

An Associated Press article in the June 2 News highlighted the investment New York State is making in the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), a technology framework spanning the entire state that allows providers secure access to their patients’ medical data through organizations like HEALTHeLINK.

HEALTHeLINK, Western New York’s clinical information exchange, has been recognized as being one of the leading clinical information exchanges in the United States. This is the result of an unprecedented level of collaboration from local hospital systems and health plans and the support of New York State. In recent years, we have built a strong infrastructure and tested innovative approaches in order to provide better care and outcomes for local patients.

With the SHIN-NY, we will be able to take what we have built here in Western New York to the next level by leveraging health information technology for patient care across New York State. With patients’ consent, this system will ultimately give providers statewide instant access to critically important patient health information. If a patient from Western New York needed care in New York City, especially in a medical emergency, the SHIN-NY would allow the treating physician instant access to critical patient health information.

We look forward, as part of the SHIN-NY, to the advancement of a statewide network that gives health care providers the information they need to effectively and efficiently treat their patients at the point of care.

Daniel Porreca

Executive Director