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Final State Budget Funds New York’s Electronic Health Records System

NEW FUNDING WILL EMPOWER MILLIONS OF NY DOCTORS AND PATIENTS TO TAKE FULL CHARGE OF THEIR HEALTH BY PROVIDING THEM WITH FAST AND EASY ACCESS TO THEIR RECORDS ANYWHERE IN THE STATE

New York, NY – Today, 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 2014-15 Budget includes $55M in State funding for the SHIN-NY, which will go towards building an innovative, public network in New York designed to give doctors and patients instant access to their complete health records, anywhere and anytime. New York has been at the forefront of health innovation and will now be the first large state in the country to build a public network of interconnected electronic health records of this kind.

“We are thankful that Governor Cuomo, Senator Kemp Hannon, Assemblyman Dick Gottfried, the New York State Assembly led by Speaker Silver, and the Senate led by co-Leaders Skelos and Klein, have authorized critical funds in the final budget for building New York’s electronic health record system,” said Dave Whitlinger, Executive Director of the New York eHealth Collaborative, which coordinates activities for the SHIN-NY. “The SHIN-NY already provides thousands of healthcare providers with access to millions of patient records daily and we are starting to see game changing shifts in efficiency, cost and quality of care through its usage.  Now is the time for us to get every aspect of the healthcare system, including the patient engaged.

“The New York eHealth Collaborative and the 10 Regional Health Information Organizations across New York look forward to working closely with the State to assure that this life-saving investment serves the hundreds of hospitals, thousands of healthcare providers and millions of people receiving health care in New York.”

Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH, the state Commissioner of Health, called the SHIN-NY a major initiative toward the transformation of New York’s health care delivery system. “Thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo, the citizens of New York are the real winners today with the funding of the SHIN-NY,” Shah said. “We are giving them back the health data that is rightfully theirs. Ultimately, having that data will enable them to make the health care decisions that will lead to better health.”

The majority of the funding for the SHIN-NY in the budget will go towards interconnecting the SHIN-NY’s ten regional health information organizations (RHIOs) – hubs of electronic health records scattered throughout the state – and increasing doctor and patient participation in the network.

In addition to transforming patient care in New York, implementation of the SHIN-NY will also promote economic development, lower state healthcare costs and enhance overall public health.

About The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC): NYeC is a not-for-profit organization, working in partnership with the New York State Department of Health to improve healthcare for all New Yorkers through health information technology (health IT). Founded in 2006 by healthcare leaders, NYeC receives funding from state and federal grants to serve as the focal point for health IT in the State of New York. NYeC works to develop policies and standards, to assist healthcare providers in making the shift to electronic health records, and to coordinate the creation of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), a network to connect healthcare providers statewide. www.nyehealth.org & @NYeHealth.

April 25, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

With MedAllies technology, NYeC HIXNY launch Direct Messaging

Direct technology enhances care coordination, improves patient care 

FISHKILL, N.Y., March 5, 2013–Powered by MedAllies technology, clinician-to-clinician Direct Messaging is now live in New York.

New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and Healthcare Information Xchange of New York (HIXNY) are now able to provide Direct Messaging between clinicians as part of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY).

Direct Messaging, powered by MedAllies, allows clinicians to securely and seamlessly exchange authenticated, encrypted clinical data with one another. It addresses a serious deficiency in the current system: a lack of interoperability.

With MedAllies Direct technology, clinicians have pertinent clinical information “pushed” to them in their own EHR system, regardless of vendor. They will no longer need to sort through information that’s not relevant, nor will they need to “pull” information from paper records or the health information exchange (HIE). Moreover, the MedAllies connectivity model crosses all provider types and locations where care might be delivered, from small practices to integrated delivery networks.

“This is the holy grail of consultative medicine–being able to effortlessly transmit information back and forth,”said Fred Venditti, MD, vice dean for clinical affairs, Albany Medical Center and head of the Center’s physician faculty practice. “Direct’s point-to-point connectivity will dramatically reduce treatment delays, duplicative testing and revisits.” Albany Medical Center will become the first health care provider in New York State to use Direct Messaging.

MedAllies has provided Direct services since the Direct Project’s inception and has several pilot sites throughout the state. “As we move our Direct efforts from a pilot program into a statewide offering, we recognize that interoperability must be more than sending medical email to inboxes. Interoperability demands integration at the point of care and consistent with each provider’s workflow. With NYeC and HIXNY’s announcement, we are much closer to making this a reality,” said MedAllies CEO A. John Blair, III, MD, F.A.C.S.

Developed by MedAllies according to the Office of the National Coordinator’s Direct Project guidelines and the NYeC-led EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup specifications, Direct Messaging integrates into providers’ EHRs and existing workflows, enhancing their ability to electronically coordinate and improve the delivery of care to patients.

The SHIN-NY is a secure network for sharing clinical patient data across New York state. It is coordinated by NYeC in conjunction with the New York State Department of Health, and the state’s 11 regional health information organizations.

“We’re proud to be working with MedAllies as our vendor to enable SHIN-NY Direct Messaging,” said David Whitlinger, NYeC executive director. “The expertise they bring to HIE integration is invaluable to our efforts in connecting clinicians across the state to exchange records and better coordinate care.”

About MedAllies

MedAllies, founded in 2001, has extensive experience with EHR implementations and workflow redesign to improve clinical care. It provides unmatched expertise in health information exchange and Direct services. MedAllies operates the THINC eXchange, an HIE designed to increase the completeness of information at the point of care, improve care coordination and standardize quality and public health reporting in New York’s Hudson Valley. It has provided Direct services since the Direct Project’s inception and has several pilot sites in New York state. MedAllies Direct Solutions builds on existing technology to achieve interoperability, with physicians using their current EHR systems, allowing information to flow across disparate EHR systems in a manner consistent with provider workflows. MedAllies Direct is a tool to advance primary care models that emphasize care coordination and improved care transitions and support patient-centered care.

March 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

CCHIT UNVEILS NEW HIE INTEROPERABILITY TESTING AT HIMSS13

Will Introduce Programs and Demonstrate Tools to Test Connectivity 

CHICAGO – March 4, 2013 – Today, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology is announcing the opening of the pilot phase of a new health information exchange compliance testing program at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans; it also will reveal the program seals designed to help healthcare providers identify health information exchange (HIE) certified technology, and demonstrate its automated testing tool for vendors.

At completion, the HIE compliance testing and certification program components include the following:

1)    HIE Certified Community™, for electronic health records (EHRs) and other health IT systems, that will enable state-wide patient data inquiry allowing clinicians to query an HIE for information on specific patients

2)    HIE Certified Direct™ that provides a simple way for providers to send secure health information directly to trusted recipients, including patients, over the Internet

3)    HIE Certified Network™ for HIE-to-HIE connectivity and for connection to the eHealth Exchange

Certification will be specific to each technology and its version, and include testing of commercially available products, healthcare provider participants and health information exchanges.

“For the first time providers and purchasers of EHRs and HIE will have a simple way of assuring their system has all the capabilities required for plug and play interoperability,” said Dave Whitlinger, Executive Director of the New York eHealth Collaborative. “In New York, vendors will be required to pass the compliance testing program in order to connect to the SHIN-NY (the Statewide Health Information of New York).”

The planned pilot testing – for HIE Certified Network – is  the first offering of a collaboration of states, public agencies, federally funded HIEs and HIT companies covering more than 50 percent of the U.S. population. Healtheway, the public-private partnership of the eHealth Exchange, and the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup, a consortium of states and vendors, established the program to test and certify EHRs and other health IT to enable reliable transfer of data within and across organizational and state boundaries. CCHIT was selected as the compliance testing body by the partnership. The pilot will begin soon after the HIMSS meeting, and the launch of the certification program is planned for late in the spring.

“We’re creating a robust, highly automated testing program using an open source version of the AEGIS Developers Integration Lab (DIL) tool that relies on a set of specifications created by the partnership. Our aim is to enable true plug and play connectivity to simplify HIT development and reduce the cost of interface development,” said Alisa Ray, Executive Director and CEO, CCHIT.  “This will help health IT developers get their technology to market quickly and prepare provider and HIE participants share information more efficiently.”

EHR developers and others can view a demonstration of CCHIT’s testing software at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase (Kiosk 17-7, La Nouvelle Ballroom–Level 2).

“The certification program also will support a recently announced collaboration between Healtheway and the Care Connectivity Consortium (CCC), combining Healtheway’s robust network services expertise with the advanced patient-centered care technology and commitment to health IT innovation of CCC,” said Mariann Yeager, Healtheway’s Executive Director.  “The collaboration will support IT interoperability among more than 40 health provider organizations across the nation, including founders Geisinger Health System (PA), Group Health Cooperative (WA), Intermountain Healthcare (UT), Kaiser Permanente (CA), and Mayo Clinic (MN).”

Additional HIMSS13 Demonstrations

CCHIT experts also will be on hand during the HIMSS meeting at The Meaningful Use Experience, Booth 149 in the Exhibit Hall. The Meaningful Use Experience is a special demonstration area that puts visitors in the middle of certified EHR solutions including complete EHR and EHR modules. Visitors to this interactive event will be able to connect with vendors, hear presentations and see demonstrations side-by-side.

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology. The Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006 and is authorized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a certification body (ONC-ACB).  CCHIT is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a certification body for the ONC HIT Certification Program for  electronic health record (EHR) technology and accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as an Accredited Testing Laboratory (ATL) to test EHRs. More information on CCHIT and its programs is available athttp://cchit.org and http://source.cchit.org.

“CCHIT®” and “CCHIT Certified®” are registered trademarks of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

About EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup

The EHR | HIE Interoperability Workgroup is a New York eHealth Collaborative-led coalition of 19 States (representing over 50% of the U.S. population), 20 electronic health record (EHR) vendors, and 23 health information exchange (HIE vendors). The workgroup was launched in February 2011 to leverage existing standards and develop consistent implementation guides for interoperability between HIE software platforms, and the applications that interface with them. For more information about the Workgroup, visit www.interopwg.org.

About Healtheway
Healtheway is a non-profit organization chartered to operationally support the eHealth Exchange, a rapidly growing community of exchange partners, who share information under a common trust framework and a common set of rules. Currently, 38 participants include four federal agencies, six states, eight beacon communities and more than a dozen Health Information Organizations (HIOs) and health systems, which represent hundreds of hospitals, thousands of providers and millions of patients. Healtheway leads in cross-industry collaboration to develop implementation strategies that enable secure, interoperable nationwide exchange of health information. For more information about Healtheway and the eHealth Exchange: www.healthewayinc.org.

About AEGIS

AEGIS.net, Inc. is a CMMI® for Development (v1.3) Maturity Level 3, CMMI® for Services (v1.3) + Service System Development (SSD) Maturity Level 3 rated, ISO 9001:2008 certified small business  and premier provider of information technology consulting services to federal civilian, defense and

commercial sector clients. AEGIS’s services, delivered by practitioners averaging more than 15 years of experience, include Project Management, Software Functional and Performance Testing, Application Design/Development, Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V), and Organizational Performance/Process Improvement. Our domains of expertise include health IT and interoperability, regulatory compliance, finance, human resources, and logistics. AEGIS offers the patent-pending Developers Integration Lab (DIL) testing solution for health information exchange gateway, interoperability, and compatibility testing.

March 4, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

New York eHealth Collaborative Partners with Health 2.0 to Launch Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge

Challenge calls designers and developers to submit prototypes for a New York State online patient portal for health records – to be judged via public voting.

Deadline for submission is April 11th­

January 15, 2013 (New York, NY) – The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), in partnership with the leading health technology catalyst, Health 2.0, invites designers and developers to participate in the Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge with $25,000 in prizes. Starting today, designers and developers can submit prototypes for a statewide patient portal for New Yorkers —a website for patients to access their medical records online. The top portal interface designs will be chosen and voted upon by New Yorkers after the April 11th deadline.

Developers will have 11 weeks to work on and then submit a design for the Patient Portal Challenge. To guarantee patient privacy during the design challenge, developers and designers will be given a test patient data set to build their applications. They will not have access to actual health records. Once all of the submissions are received on April 11th, the New York public will be invited to vote on their favorite designs from April 11-21. The designs with the strongest responses will be invited to present their project at two different demo days—one in New York City in April and another at a location upstate in early May.  A winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

After the Challenge, NYeC will work with a vendor to build the portal and run it on behalf of the state of New York via its health information exchange network.

“This is a chance for developers and designers to advance healthcare for all 20 million New Yorkers. A portal of this size and scope has never before existed,” says David Whitlinger, Executive Director of NYeC. “Through our Design Challenge, we hope to inspire applicants to develop truly creative and user-friendly applications. We look forward to seeing all submissions, and eventually building this portal so patients throughout the state have full access to their health records.”

The patient portal mock-ups are required to include features that will allow patients to log on with a username and password to see their health records online safely and securely. Once logged in, patients will see a full layout of their health records, and also have access to a list of medical professionals, such as their family doctor, who have accessed their health records. The Patient Portal for New Yorkers will also provide an extensive overview of patient privacy rights, and address any privacy concerns a patient might have about Electronic Medical Records and Health IT in general.

“Health 2.0 is excited to be partnering with NYeC on this innovative challenge to design the first statewide patient portal for New York,” said Jean-Luc Neptune, Senior Vice President of Health 2.0. “The winners will not only make a tremendous contribution to the development of a patient portal that reaches nearly 20 million people, but also gain significant exposure and recognition for their achievement through participation in the challenge.”

The patient portal also compliments the information available through the Blue Button, a knowledge tool being coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that helps users download their personal health information.  NYeC has proudly taken HHS’ “Blue Button Pledge” and supports the use of the Blue Button to empower “individuals to be partners in their health through health IT” in an effort to build on the Blue Button’s success in improving care coordination for veterans by giving them easy access to their health data.

“We are excited about the steps that NYeC is taking to launch the patient portal and support their commitment to helping make patients’ information available to them,” said Lygeia Ricciardi, Director of the Consumer eHealth Office at HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. “Providing patients and consumers with access to their own healthcare records is what the Blue Button pledge is all about.”

For more information on the Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge, and to submit a prototype by April 11th, please visit http://www.health2con.com/devchallenge/new-york-state-patient-portal-challenge/

About The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC): NYeC is a not-for-profit organization, working to improve healthcare for all New Yorkers through health information technology (health IT). Founded in 2006 by healthcare leaders, NYeC receives funding from state and federal grants to serve as the focal point for health IT in the State of New York. NYeC works to develop policies and standards, to assist healthcare providers in making the shift to electronic health records, and to coordinate the creation of a network to connect healthcare providers statewide. For more information about NYeC, visit www.nyehealth.org and @NYeHealth on Twitter.

About Health 2.0: The conference. The media network. The Innovation Community. The Health 2.0 Conference is the leading showcase of cutting-edge technologies in health care, including Online Communities, Search and lightweight Tools for consumers to manage their health and connect to providers online. The Health 2.0 Developer Challenge is a series of prize competitions promoting health technology innovation. Health 2.0 also has its own media channels, Health 2.0 News and Health 2.0 TV; its own market intelligence service, Health 2.0 Advisors; and also sponsors the Health 2.0 Accelerator industry consortium. Health 2.0 was founded by Indu Subaiya & Matthew Holt in 2007 and is now a community of hundreds of organizations and thousands of innovators.

February 1, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Healthix, Inc. ™ Joins the SHINY Service Platform and Shares Shining Moment with their Long-Time Partner North Shore-LIJ Health System

NEW YORK, NY –  It’s National Health IT Week and one shining example of New York’s 2012 achievements occurred this past June, when Healthix, Inc., and its long-time partner North Shore-LIJ Health System, worked together to improve the coordination of care for mothers with high-risk pregnancies. Now, clinical data about both mother and baby is automatically transmitted electronically between physician offices, fetal imaging centers, and hospitals—allowing seamless care to be delivered to both mother and baby prior to, during, and after delivery.

This electronic interoperability in support of clinical care is a great demonstration of both the capabilities of Healthix, Inc., one of the largest Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIO) in the United States, and the patient-centered focus of North Shore-LIJ.

Also in time for Health IT week, Healthix, Inc. announces its new partnership with the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and its Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHINY) Service Platform, which aims to create one solid infrastructure underpinning health information exchange for New York State.

Healthix, Inc. brings its membership of over 165 facilities, seven million individual patients, and 5,000 clinicians in the downstate New York area to the SHINY project, which currently has four other RHIO partnerships: BHIX (Brooklyn Health Information Exchange), eHealth Network of Long Island, Interboro RHIO, and THINC (Taconic Health Information Network and Community), which serves the Hudson Valley Region.

“The case study between Healthix, Inc. and North Shore-LIJ is the very thing that inspires us at the New York eHealth Collaborative,” said David Whitlinger, Executive Director of NYeC. “When we get to see first-hand the amazing and transparent work that our colleagues in the industry are doing to improve healthcare through technology, we are thrilled and encouraged to keep moving forward until no patient, wherever they may need treatment within the State of New York, is ever without fast, secure, accurate, and accessible information. Healthix, Inc. is a terrific new partner.”

The collaboration between Healthix, Inc. and SHINY is a monumental step forward in making electronic health records secure and accessible to healthcare providers statewide while improving patient care and lowering costs.

“Healthix is committed to working with all of its members to develop innovative and effective ways to improve clinical outcomes and reduce cost, by providing actionable data within the clinician’s regular workflow,” said Tom Check, Interim President and CEO of Healthix, Inc. “The recent joint initiative with North Shore-LIJ is an excellent example. Healthix’s new relationship with NYeC will provide still more opportunities to leverage the SHINY to benefit patients and clinicians.”

“North Shore-LIJ is proud of the joint success we’ve shared, and looks forward to continued collaborations with Healthix and the SHINY to promote coordinated care delivery,” said Michael Oppenheim, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer of North Shore-LIJ.

About The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC)

NYeC is a not-for-profit organization, working to improve healthcare for all New Yorkers through health information technology (health IT). Founded in 2006 by healthcare leaders, NYeC receives funding from state and federal grants to serve as the focal point for health IT in the State of New York. NYeC works to develop policies and standards, to assist healthcare providers in making the shift to electronic health records, and to coordinate the creation of a network to connect healthcare providers statewide. The goal of NYeC is that no patient, wherever they may need treatment within the State of New York, is ever without fast, secure, accurate, and accessible information.

About the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHINY)

The SHINY (pronounced “shiny”) is coordinated by the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and functions similarly to a public utility, making electronic health records secure and accessible to healthcare providers statewide while improving patient care and lowering costs. SHINY is a network of information transmitted between users. Like the internet, as more users connect, it grows, evolves, and becomes more secure, efficient, and easy to use. As an increasing number of private practices, nursing homes, clinics and hospitals begin to digitize their records, they have the option to connect to information hubs in their region of the state. These Regional Health Information Organizations collect health record data from the healthcare providers in their area and, with patient consent, allow this information to be shared securely with other providers in the region. The SHINY will connect these regional hubs to create a private and secure network spanning the entire State of New York. To see a video about how the SHINY is transforming health information exchange in New York State visit http://nyehealth.org/what-we-do/statewide-network/.

About Healthix

Healthix, Inc.™ is the premier Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) for downstate New York, formed by the recent merger of LIPIX, Inc. and NYCLIX, Inc., which brought together a wealth of thought leadership, members, partners, and technology to form one of the largest independent RHIOs in the United States. Healthix, Inc. ™ maintains clinical records of over 7.2 million individual patients, and connects nearly 5,000 clinicians at 165 facilities in the downstate New York area and is growing every day. Healthix, Inc.’s™ current membership includes 49 hospitals, 24 long-term care facilities, 5 home care agencies, and 87 physician practices and ambulatory sites. Healthix, Inc. ™ is a leader in the transformation of healthcare in New York.

About North-Shore LIJ

The nation’s third-largest, non-profit, secular healthcare system, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education, highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 16 hospitals, long-term care facilities, and more than 270 ambulatory care centers throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,000 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses, and have affiliations with more than 9,400 physicians. With a workforce of more than 44,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest employer on Long Island and the third-largest private employer in New York City. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.

September 18, 2012 I Written By

NYeC to Honor GE Chairman & CEO Jeffrey Immelt and IBM Board Chairman Samuel Palmisano at Annual Gala; Maria Bartiromo to Emcee

New York, NY – The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) today announced that it will honor Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE, and Samuel Palmisano, Chairman of the Board at IBM, for their work advancing the cause of healthcare through technology at its 2012 Gala & Awards Ceremony, October 15th in New York City. The gala is held during NYeC’s annual Digital Health Conference. Maria Bartiromo, business news broadcast journalist and anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo,” will emcee.

Hosted by the NYeC Board of Directors, the 2012 Gala & Awards Ceremony serves to recognize and honor achievement and innovation in the field of health information technology. Held at beautiful Pier 60, on Manhattan’s West Side, the event convenes healthcare and technology industry leadership from across the state and nation.

“Mr. Immelt and Mr. Palmisano are pioneers who have changed the face of healthcare. Their dedication to advancing health IT has rapidly advanced innovation and collaboration within the industry and across the globe,” said Herbert Pardes, MD, Executive Vice Chairman of the Board, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, as well as a member of the NYeC Board of Directors. “We are delighted to have this opportunity to acknowledge their tremendous vision and leadership and thrilled Maria Bartiromo will help us do so.”

Proceeds from the gala benefit technology-enabled healthcare initiatives, which aim to improve care and lower cost for all New Yorkers. To learn more about the gala, including about sponsorship opportunities, visit www.nyecgala.org.

Bios

►Jeffrey R. Immelt is the ninth chairman of GE, a post he has held since September 7, 2001. Since joining GE in 1982, he has held several global leadership positions, including roles in GE’s Plastics, Appliance, and Healthcare businesses. In 1989 he became an officer of GE and joined the GE Capital Board in 1997. Several years later, in 2000, Mr. Immelt was appointed president and chief executive officer. Mr. Immelt has been named one of the “World’s Best CEOs” three times by Barron’s, and since he began serving as chief executive officer, GE has been named “America’s Most Admired Company” in a poll conducted by Fortune magazine and one of “The World’s Most Respected Companies” in polls by Barron’s and the Financial Times.

►Samuel J. Palmisano is chairman of the Board of IBM and chair of IBM’s Executive Committee. Mr. Palmisano began his career with IBM in 1973 in Baltimore, Maryland. Since then, he has taken on a series of leadership positions during his IBM career, including senior vice president and group executive of the Personal Systems Group in 1997, senior vice president and group executive of IBM Global Services in 1998, senior vice president and group executive of Enterprise Systems in 1999, president and chief operating officer in 2000, chief executive officer in 2002 and Chairman of the Board in 2003. He was president and chief executive officer through 2011. Mr. Palmisano has received a number of business awards, including the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Business Leadership Award in 2009 and the inaugural Deming Cup, presented in 2010 by the W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness at Columbia Business School.

►Maria Bartiromo is the anchor of several programs that air globally on the CNBC network, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist who appears in USA Today. She has covered Wall Street for 20 years, and in 1995, Bartiromo became the first journalist to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on a daily basis. Bartiromo has received numerous prestigious awards, including a 2008 News and Documentary Emmy for her “Bailout Talks Collapse” program, broadcast on NBC Nightly News; and a Gracie Award for “Greenspan: Power, Money & the American Dream,” broadcast on CNBC. She also won a second Emmy Award for her 2009 documentary, “Inside The Mind of Google,” which aired on CNBC. She was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame Class of 2011, for her impact on the cable industry—the first female journalist to be inducted.

The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) is a not-for-profit organization, working to improve healthcare for all New Yorkers through health information technology (health IT). Founded in 2006 by healthcare leaders, NYeC is designated by the state and federal government to advance health IT throughout the State of New York. NYeC works to develop policies and standards, to assist healthcare providers in making the shift to electronic health records, and to coordinate the creation of a network to connect healthcare providers statewide. The goal of NYeC is that no patient, wherever they may need treatment within the State of New York, is ever without fast, secure, accurate, and accessible information. For more information visit www.nyehealth.org/

May 22, 2012 I Written By

New Health IT Initiative to Make NYS a Hub for High-Tech Jobs

The New York eHealth Collaborative along with the New York City Investment Fund and the NYS Department of Health, launched the New York Digital Health Accelerator(NYDHA) to fund 12 early- and growth-stage companies that are developing cutting-edge technology products in care coordination, patient engagement, analytics, and message alerts for healthcare providers.

The 9 month program will provide up to $300,000 of funding per company from a syndicate of leading venture capital and strategic investors, along with direct mentorship and feedback from senior-level executives at a broad network of provider organizations in New York State.

Eighteen highly influential healthcare provider organizations are participating in the program, including New York Presbyterian, NYU Medical Center, Albany Medical Center, and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

NYeC, NYC Investment Fund and the DOH Join Forces to Create Digital Health Accelerator

$4.2M Program to Encourage Health IT Innovation and Create 1,500 New Jobs in New York

New York, NY – Today the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF) joined the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the NYS Department of Health (DOH) to launch the New York Digital Health Accelerator (NYDHA), a program that will make New York a hub for the emerging digital health technology industry. Visit digitalhealthaccelerator.com for frequent updates.

The NYDHA is run by NYeC and NYCIF, which is the economic arm of the Partnership for New York City, the city’s pre-eminent business leadership coalition. In upcoming months the program will choose 12 early- and growth-stage companies that are developing cutting-edge technology products in care coordination, patient engagement, analytics and message alerts for healthcare providers. Each chosen company will be awarded up to $300,000 along with invaluable mentoring from senior-level executives at leading hospitals and other providers in New York. The focus areas of innovation will support the development of products that help the state’s Medicaid Redesign Team and its new “Health Homes” program, an initiative intended to make the state’s treatment of Medicaid patients more coordinated and efficient.

“Health information technology is helping us transform our healthcare system to provide high-quality, cost-efficient, and patient-centered care for the 21st century,” said New York State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H. “The Digital Health Accelerator program will further advance New York’s national leadership in health IT as it will attract leading-edge companies at the forefront of developing the technology necessary for robust electronic health records and digital care coordination systems.”

“When the government and the private sector work hand-in-hand to encourage business growth in our state we see results. This Accelerator will help New York keep and attract businesses that grow our state’s economy and create jobs in our communities,” said Maria Gotsch, President and CEO of NYCIF. “Our initial investment will go a long way towards attracting additional investment into New York.”

“The economy and healthcare are the two most important issues facing the state, and the New York Digital Health Accelerator will allow us to tackle them both at once,” noted David Whitlinger, Executive Director of NYeC. “This initiative represents the best kind of marriage between the public and private sectors. We are leveraging New York’s investment in our statewide health information exchange network and empowering it with the free market.”

The NYDHA’s unique feature is that it offers participants the opportunity to engage directly with a broad network of providers in New York State, including hospitals, long-term care providers, community health centers, and primary care providers. Tech companies accepted into the program will receive direct mentorship and feedback from senior-level executives with the participating providers. In addition, companies will have priority access to the technology platform that is connecting electronic health records across New York State, the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY).

An application for this program, and more information, is available at digitalhealthaccelerator.com. An informational session for companies interested in participating will be held on May 10, 2012 in New York City. Applications for the NYDHA program are due June 1, 2012.

With its initial investment of $4.2 million, the NYDHA program will create approximately 1,500 jobs over five years. In addition, it is expected that the companies will attract upwards of $150 million to $200 million in investment from the venture capital community post-program. The NYDHA will stimulate a new marketplace, creating the next generation of healthcare tools while positioning New York as the capitol of the health IT entrepreneurial sector.

The investment capital will be provided by a syndicate of investors, including Aetna, Milestone Venture Partners, New Leaf Venture Partners, New York City Investment Fund, Quaker Partners, Safeguard Scientifics, and UnitedHealth Group. The Empire State Development Corporation, Health Research Inc., and NYeC will provide additional funds and/or services to operate the NYDHA.

18 leading healthcare providers have agreed to participate in the program:
-Albany Medical Center
-Catholic Health System
-Community Healthcare Network
-Continuum Health Partners
-Ellis Medicine
-FEGS Health and Human Services System
-Finger Lakes Community Health
-Hometown Health Centers
-Hudson Valley Initiative
-Institute for Family Health
-Maimonides Medical Center
-NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation
-New York-Presbyterian Hospital
-North Shore LIJ Health System
-NYU Langone Medical Center
-Stony Brook University Medical Center
-Visiting Nurse Service of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties
-Winthrop University Hospital

“Aetna is strongly committed to advancing healthcare information technology that will connect the healthcare system to help improve quality and outcomes,” said Lonny Reisman, M.D., Aetna’s Chief Medical Officer and a member of board of the New York eHealth Collaborative. “The convergence of health IT and healthcare expertise will be extremely critical and powerful in making healthcare more effective, convenient and affordable for everyone. Aetna has been actively involved in NYeC since its inception, and we are pleased to support this important initiative.”

“Albany Medical Center welcomes this important initiative that will help develop innovative approaches to improving patient outcomes at lower costs while helping to attract healthcare entrepreneurs to New York State,” noted James J. Barba, President and CEO. “Albany Med has long recognized that the type of collaboration this project is building between healthcare providers, government and the private sector will be the key to reforming our healthcare system.”

“Entrepreneurs require access to potential customers as much as they require access to capital,” said Todd Pietri, co-founder and General Partner of Milestone Venture Partners. “The New York Digital Health Accelerator is the first accelerator program we have seen which provides direct access to key decision makers at potential customers.”

“New York City is the place for the creation of next generation digital health companies. The combination of the digital alley talent, the deep healthcare infrastructure of the state and the availability of venture funding is truly unique,” said Philippe Chambon, Managing Director of New Leaf Venture Partners. “This accelerator effort will help us build further the IT tools that healthcare truly needs. New Leaf Venture Partners is honored to be part of the New York Digital Health Accelerator.”

“Quaker Partners is excited to participate in the NY Digital Health Accelerator program. New York is leading the way in healthcare innovation by bringing together hospitals, medical providers, payers, and investors with its rapidly growing Silicon Alley,” said Adele C. Oliva, Partner at Quaker Partners. “Quaker believes that this integrated approach will catalyze entrepreneurship and deliver the revolutionary technology the healthcare system requires to improve care and reduce costs.”

“We are looking forward to becoming a part of the New York Digital Health Accelerator,” said Gary J. Kurtzman, MD, Managing Director at Safeguard Scientifics. “New York is forging an unprecedented path by pulling together investors, hospitals, and other healthcare advisors to collaborate and offer healthcare IT start-ups access to capital, mentorship and expert insights to help them effectively grow their business.”

“Innovation is a key driver in helping make the health system work better for everyone,” said Tom Vanderheyden, Vice President, Emerging Businesses Group at UnitedHealth Group. “We believe the New York Digital Health Accelerator model will help bring practical solutions to market in a significantly shorter timeframe.”

“New health information technologies will help people get better care. Here in the Capital Region, the Visiting Nurse Service of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties, Ellis Medicine and Hometown Health Center are already working with other healthcare and social service organizations and physicians to ensure that we provide each person with the right care at the right time—and having the right information will help us do that,” stated Joseph Twardy, President and CEO, Visiting Nurse Service of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties.

May 1, 2012 I Written By

New York eHealth Collaborative Reaches REC Enrollment Target

NYeC enrolls 5,107 healthcare providers, 4th largest goal in the United States 

New York, NY – The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) Regional Extension Center (REC) on Dec. 15 reached its goal of enrolling 5,107 eligible healthcare providers into its program to help them transition from paper-based to electronic medical records. The nation’s 4th largest REC in terms of its enrollment goal, NYeC reached its goal two weeks early and is only the 2nd of the nation’s largest RECs to do so.

Limited extra spaces remain in the NYeC REC program for eligible providers.

Each state has one or more RECs. New York State has two: NYeC, covering the entire state outside of NYC (including Long Island and Westchester), and NYC REACH, covering the five boroughs.

The federal REC program is designed to support mainly primary care providers and small practices by providing educational and support services to help them adopt health IT and achieve the federally defined “Meaningful Use” of it, which qualifies them for reimbursements. NYeC is currently 2nd in the nation in terms of the number of its REC members who have achieved Meaningful Use, at 7% of its enrollees.

Each REC has the flexibility to design its program. The NYeC REC leveraged existing New York State health IT infrastructure—the result of years of significant investment by the NYS Department of Health and others—by partnering with Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) and other health IT groups to tailor regional outreach and support. It also ran a series of provider-targeted educational summits around New York—in Albany, Rochester, Buffalo and other cities—to explain the benefits of EHRs to local providers and teach the best ways to transition.

“5,107 was an ambitious number and we realized that.  But we were committed to reaching a truly significant percentage of the primary care providers in the state,” said Carol Raphael, chair of the NYeC board of directors and president and CEO of Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

“We are thrilled to have reached our goal for enrollees however it’s really step one towards our ultimate goal.  Now we’re looking forward to using the strong relationships we have with our regional partners to move all of our REC providers to Meaningful Use,” said Paul Wilder, director of the NYeC REC.

“As a physician in a small practice I can say I greatly appreciate what the NYeC REC has done for us,” noted Eugene Heslin, MD, owner of Bridge Street Family Medicine in Saugerties, NY. Dr. Heslin is also on the NYeC board of directors. “I’m excited to say that all five physicians in our practice have just attested to Meaningful Use.”

The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) is a not-for-profit organization, working to improve healthcare for all New Yorkers through health information technology (health IT).

Founded in 2006 by healthcare leaders, NYeC receives funding from state and federal grants to serve as the focal point for health IT in the state of New York. NYeC works to develop policies and standards, to assist healthcare providers in making the shift to electronic health records, and to coordinate the creation of a network to connect healthcare providers statewide. The goal of NYeC is that no patient, wherever they may need treatment within the state of New York, is ever without fast, secure, accurate, and accessible information. To learn more, visit www.nyehealth.org.

December 28, 2011 I Written By

Multiple States and Vendors Agree On Standard Health Data Connectivity Specifications

Workgroup defines “plug and play” connections between electronic health records and health information exchanges

New York, NY – A group of states and vendors focused on eliminating the barriers to sharing electronic health records (EHRs) today issued a set of technical specifications to standardize connections between healthcare providers, health information exchanges (HIEs) and other data-sharing partners. The specifications are now available for the public to view at www.interopwg.org.

The objective of the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup is to define a single set of standardized, easy-to-implement connections to increase the adoption of EHRs and HIE services. The effort leveraged existing published standards for interoperability from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). Ultimately, the specifications aim to remove impediments that make it difficult for EHRs to connect to HIEs, including technical specification differences, wait times for interface development, and high costs.

The workgroup was originally formed by the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and is comprised of its federally designated counterparts in seven states (California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Oregon) representing approximately 30% of the country’s population.  The eight EHR vendor members include Allscripts, eClinicalWorks, e-MDs, Greenway Medical Technologies, McKesson Physician Practice Solutions, NextGen Healthcare, Sage Healthcare Division, and Siemens Healthcare. In addition, there are three HIE services vendors participating, including Axolotl, InterSystems, and Medicity.

Doug Fridsma, MD and PhD, Director of the Office of Standards & Interoperability at the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, commented, “I am encouraged by and excited about this type of collaboration, which has the potential to advance real-world pilots, implementation and feedback on standards for health information exchange. The results of this kind of initiative can help us advance health IT nationwide.”

“This is a crucial step,” said David Whitlinger, Executive Director of NYeC. “We started this as a New York State initiative, but we soon realized that many other states were facing the same interoperability challenges and many of the EHR and HIE vendors were also looking for clarity from the marketplace to define their product roadmaps. Collectively, the group is now looking forward to widespread adoption and market preference for the products that employ the specifications.”

The first set of specifications focuses on two use cases and the detailed data and metadata specification for a compliant Continuity of Care Document. The first use case, Statewide Send and Receive Patient Record Exchange, describes how encrypted health information can be transmitted over the internet. The second, the Statewide Patient Data Inquiry Service Use Case, describes the clinician’s ability to query an HIE for relevant data on a specific patient.

The workgroup members collaborated to leverage existing HL7 standards, technical frameworks from IHE International, and HIE implementations to provide a fully detailed implementation specification. The implementation specifications were also aligned with Beacon community guidelines to be capable of gathering information required for reporting to the ONC.

“I applaud the work that the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup is doing to move states from implementation guides to production. I expect that the flexibility and agility of the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup will serve as an ideal laboratory for standards that are rapidly evolving,” stated John Halamka, MD, Co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee, Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chief Information Officer at Harvard Medical School, Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network.

November 13, 2011 I Written By

GE Healthcare Aligns with New York Regional Extension Center

GE Healthcare announced that it is aligning with the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC, the nation’s second-largest regional extension center) to increase physician EMR adoption and support meaningful use attainment in the state of New York. Under the agreement, GE will take a central role in NYeC’s plans to help providers understand the benefits of HIT and adopt the electronic health records systems in their practices.

Nation’s Second Largest REC Will Work with GE to Increase Physician Adoption of EMR

Today, GE Healthcare announced it has aligned with the nation’s second largest Regional Extension Center, New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), to increase physician EMR adoption and support meaningful use attainment in the state of New York.

“I am delighted that NYeC is partnering with GE Healthcare,” said David Whitlinger, Executive Director of NYeC. “The Meaningful Use program is a very important incentive for providers. Establishing a group of Meaningful Use partners will increase the number of providers who can receive services from NYeC and will help physicians, who have become EHR users, learn how to qualify for federal health information technology incentives. NYeC’s mission is to improve the quality of patient care through health information technology. This partnership program will contribute to that goal and benefit the public good.”

NYeC was founded in 2006 and later designated by the federal government and the State of New York to advance Health Information Technology (HIT) statewide–improving healthcare and reducing costs for all New Yorkers. While NYeC receives support and official designations from the state and federal governments, it is an independent collaborative.  NYeC partners with stakeholders from around the state and across the nation to promote innovation, provide the support, and establish the policies necessary to advance HIT in New York. To that end, NYeC communicates with providers to help them understand the benefits of HIT and adopt the electronic health records systems in their practices. NYeC is also an educational resource for providers and consumers about HIT in general. Under this agreement, GE Healthcare takes a central role in NYeC’s plans.

“The New York eHealth Collaborative plays a critical role in helping medical providers evaluate and select electronic medical records,” said Jim Corrigan, Senior Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT.  “By adding the power of Centricity solutions from GE Healthcare to their portfolio, the NYeC can offer solutions for practices sized from one provider to 100.  The regional extension center model offers an easy and effective method for medical providers to implement EMR.”

There are currently 62 government-funded Regional Extension Centers (RECs) across the United States, and GE aligns with more than half of them today.  GE Healthcare participates in RECs primarily through its two featured ambulatory products, Centricity* Advance and Centricity Practice Solution.  Both products featured integrated EMR and practice management solutions, backed by GE’s world-class support and service organization.  Centricity Advance is available exclusively as a software-as-a-service deployment, while Centricity Practice Solution can be deployed on-site or through a hosted model.

*Registered trademark of General Electric Company.

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October 21, 2011 I Written By