The Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY pronounced “Shiny”) is a “network of networks” that links New York’s eight regional Qualified Entities (QEs) throughout the state; one of the eight QEs being HealthlinkNY. The SHIN-NY is overseen and run by The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC, pronounced “Nice”). NYeC is a not-for-profit organization, working to improve healthcare for all New Yorkers through innovative health information technology (health IT).
Each Qualified Entity (or RHIO) operates its own network that collects electronic health records from participating providers in their region. With patient consent, the QE allows those records to be accessed securely by other healthcare providers in their local community. As part of the SHIN-NY network, QEs will be able to exchange records between each other. So from Buffalo to Brooklyn, providers will be able to “talk” to each other quickly and securely, accessing up-to-date and accurate clinical information for their patients who give them consent. Today, these regional networks combined already connect 84% of hospitals in New York State, thousands of medical providers, and represent millions of people who live in or receive care in NY. HealthlinkNY has 567 organizations that have complete data contribution to the SHIN-NY; 423 of which are practices, 144 are licensed facilities, and of those licensed facilities there are 30 hospitals who are contributing full data.
Users of the HealthlinkNY Web Portal are now able to retrieve electronic medical records from any Qualified Entity (QE) in New York State using the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY). Web Portal users can query the SHIN-NY by utilizing the InterExchange Request button for Statewide Patient Record Lookup (SPRL). This new tool enables you to use the SHIN-NY to quickly request and view records from providers across New York State. This means that crucial medical information can now be easily obtained when your patient has treatment outside of their home region.