The Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY, pronounced shy-nee) has connected the state’s eight nonprofit regional health information organizations since 2016. Its purpose is to ensure the secure electronic flow of health information throughout New York.
The SHIN-NY is overseen by the New York State Department of Health through the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). Before connecting, all of the health information exchanges (HIEs) had to qualify to participate by meeting privacy and security standards, demonstrating oversight, organizational and enforcement practices, and meeting technical requirements
Because the SHIN-NY connects all of the HIEs across New York—each of which connect the majority of healthcare organizations, providers and population health interests in their regions—it offers automatic data retrieval statewide.
For example, a participating doctor seeing a new patient in Saratoga Springs can gain consent and look up
that person’s files through Hixny. Immediately, all of the records from the patient’s former doctor, participating
in the regional HIE in Syracuse, are available.
In addition, the SHIN-NY allows providers to customize alerts so they find out immediately if one of their
patients is hospitalized, treated at an emergency department or receives other important healthcare
attention elsewhere in the state.