Healtheway Announces Founding Members for Groundbreaking Public/Private Health IT Exchange
Healtheway, the non-profit, public-private partnership that operationally supports the eHealth Exchange today announced its nine founding organizations. The organizations are influential representatives from across the healthcare spectrum. They will supplement the involvement of the federal government that has coalesced around the eHealth Exchange. Read more.
Expert judges awarded top three designs for statewide website where New Yorkers will soon be able to access their healthcare records
New York, NY – The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) announced today the winners of its Design Challenge for the Patient Portal for New Yorkers. Mana Health placed first, iHealthNY second, and MyHealthProfile third and will be awarded $15,000, $7,500, and $2,500 respectively. View their products here.
The Patient Portal for New Yorkers project is to build a website, through which New Yorkers across the state will be able to access all of their medical records from their various healthcare providers safely and securely. To create the most innovative and user-friendly portal design, NYeC launched a Design Challenge earlier this year, asking designers to submit portal prototypes. Then in April, the general public was asked to vote on which design submissions they liked best. Thousands of New Yorkers cast their votes and selected the nine remaining finalists.
“One of the most important achievements of the Challenge is that it engaged New Yorkers in this crucial discussion,” said David Whitlinger, Executive Director at the New York eHealth Collaborative. “The portal is about making a patient’s data freely accessible to them so they can manage their own healthcare. It’s about bringing power to the people of New York.”
The finalist companies demonstrated their products to panels of expert judges at an event in New York City on April 30th and another in Buffalo on May 2nd and the final winners were chosen. Judges included healthcare providers, hospital leadership, public advocates, entrepreneurs, public officials, IT experts, and industry leaders. The engaged audience encompassed a broad spectrum—patient advocates, technology specialists, representatives from RHIOs, small practice doctors, media, and members of the general public—and participated during question and answer sessions.
NYeC works closely with both the New York State Department of Health and the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The Patient Portal for New Yorkers builds upon the successful Blue Button initiative developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow veterans easy access to their healthcare data.
“The NYeC Design Challenge is proof that extraordinary things are possible when we leverage creative developers and designers and the preferences of end users,” said Rebecca Mitchell Coelius, MD, Medical Officer for Innovation at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, and a judge on the Design Challenge panel. “It’s exciting to see New York take the federal Blue Button initiative to the next level through its use of the patient portal. Well-designed and functional access to personal health data, and support for its export to other applications, is a huge step forward for patients in New York State and a massive opportunity for entrepreneurs.”
NYeC will now begin building the portal and coordinate its function on top of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), a secure network for sharing clinical patient data across New York State via Regional Health Information Organizations. See the RFP here.
“As New York moves forward with innovative projects to better integrate health information and medical records into patient care, it is essential that patients have access to their healthcare records so they can be engaged in managing their health. This new portal will be user-friendly, secure, and easy to navigate, allowing New Yorkers to review and share their healthcare records and communicate with their healthcare providers. The Department values its partnership with NYeC, which is an essential part of the effort to accelerate health IT innovation,” said New York State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H.
On May 15th, NYeC will release a Request for Proposals to identify a company to work with on the portal development. Companies should visit nyehealth.org for RFP information.
The Patient Portal for New Yorkers will begin to be available to the public in 2014.
Key Features of the Portal Will Allow Patients To:
- Easily access their healthcare records whenever they want them. For example, to find out when they started taking a particular medication, when they had their last tetanus shot, or to view recent lab results.
- Share their records with providers—such as to get a second opinion on a diagnosis or share data from a specialist with their family doctor.
- Select and control who is allowed to have access to their medical history.
- Be more empowered in their healthcare management and better able to partner with doctors in their care.
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. For more information about NYeC, visit www.nyehealth.org and @NYeHealth.
A Network Ripe for Innovation
New York has recently made incredible progress building infrastructure on top of meaningful use, and in getting physicians and other healthcare providers connected to the SHIN-NY. Today, we have a mass of data available through this network that was never available before, employing policies of the state to protect privacy, security, and trust. It’s ripe for new innovative services to tap into it.
Patient Portal: For New Yorkers, designed by New Yorkers
Imagine, New Yorkers: You have access to your healthcare records when and where you need them. And it’s as easy as logging in to your banking website. You can print out a list of your current medications, check the last time you had a particular test or immunization, see recent test and lab results, and manage your consent for which doctors and specialists you want to be able to see your records—safely and securely. YOUR health information when YOU need it.
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,” said 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. For more information, visit www.health2con.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.Download
New York Digital Health Accelerator Reveals Inaugural Class
On October 15 the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the Partnership for New York City Fund (Partnership Fund) revealed the inaugural class of the New York Digital Health Accelerator (NYDHA), a program that will make New York a hub for the emerging digital health technology industry. The partnership is the largest-funded health IT accelerator program in the United States, and the first to provide access to senior-level healthcare providers who are committed to the success of the eight growth-stage companies selected.
Public-Private Partnership Selects CCHIT as Compliance Testing Body
NEW YORK – October 11, 2012 – More than half the U.S. population and their health care providers could soon have access to health data shared across multiple states and systems. A public-private partnership of states, public agencies, federally-funded health information exchanges (HIEs) and health information technology (HIT) companies has established a program to test and certify electronic health records (EHRs) and other health IT to enable reliable transfer of data within and across organizational and state boundaries.
High costs, technical differences and long wait times for interface development are barriers to sharing health data among health care providers and across state lines. The coalition of 15 states, 37 technology vendors and 34 HIEs, representing more than 50 percent of the U.S. population, has created a robust, highly automated testing program to verify that, once tested, a system is capable of exchanging health information with many other systems. With this testing, a single set of standardized, easy-to-implement connections can support communication among systems.
The effort is being jointly led by the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup, a New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC)–led consortium of states and vendors; and Healtheway, the newly formed public-private partnership of the eHealth Exchange, a network of 34 public and private organizations representing hundreds of hospitals, thousands of providers and millions of patients across the country.
This effort will build on and accelerate consensus on national standards, adopting EHR certification criteria and testing procedures as relevant and finalized for Stage 2 of meaningful use. Members of both groups will continue to provide feedback from these real-world implementations to the national health IT standard setting initiatives established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
“Today’s announcement brings together several activities supported by ONC over the past years: a core set of national standards, an Accredited Certification Body, the Public-private partnership that has emerged from the Nationwide Health Information Network Exchange, and the convening power of New York and other State Health Information Exchange grantees,” said Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. “We look forward to working with this consortium to continue progress on interoperability and secure health information exchange, and to reflect what is learned in national standards as necessary.”
The coalition selected the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), the most experienced HIT certification organization in the U.S., to carry out the testing. As the compliance testing body, CCHIT will certify that the interfaces between the HIT and HIEs are consistent across multiple states and systems. CCHIT is also an Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) authorized certification body and is an accredited testing laboratory for EHRs. CCHIT is collaborating with AEGIS.net on the testing software, which is being developed under an open source license.
“The collaboration between the states and vendors to address a shared marketplace gap and work toward a mutual vision has been one of the remarkable aspects of this effort,” said David Whitlinger, Executive Director of NYeC. “And momentum is building within both communities as states grow their HIE networks by working with the EHR and HIE vendors to provide seamless integration and clinical workflow, taking the market to a new level for the benefit of patients.”
“The testing program Healtheway has developed with NYeC is the key to realizing secure and interoperable exchange of health information across organizational and geographic boundaries,” said Michael Matthews, Healtheway President and Board Chair. “The launch of a compliance testing program will enable the eHealth Exchange to more than double participation and connectivity over the next 9 to 12 months.”
Realizing that merging efforts with other states would create economies of scale and provide the vendor community with a single, consistent set of specifications, NYeC created the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup last year. Over the course of 18 months, the group has developed technical and test specifications to address the major use cases of interoperable exchange. Around the same time, plans took shape to transition the NwHIN Exchange to function outside the federal government as a public-private network, now called the eHealth Exchange. To expand nationwide HIE, Healtheway and NYeC formed a strategic partnership to enable technology systems, public and private providers and health information organizations (HIOs) to have access to more efficient testing.
The coalition harmonized a set of functional, technical and test specifications that enable true plug and play connectivity to simplify EHR and HIE development. The coalition’s work covers the ability to send and receive encrypted health information over the Internet, lookup and retrieve patient records, and produce a tightly constrained patient record summary which reduces variances and implementation-specific customization. These capabilities will allow providers to meet their goals for coordinating patient care.
Vendors have agreed to bring their products for testing according to these specifications and participating states have agreed to promote the value of EHR and HIE products certified in the program. This program will ensure that providers’ EHR software has the capability to connect to their local HIE and enable communities and states to share patient health information.
“This project is a perfect fit for our public mission as a non-profit certification organization,” said Alisa Ray, CCHIT’s Executive Director. “Our experience in preparing organizations to certify products, coupled with the availability of highly automated testing, will help health IT companies get their technology to market quickly and prepare provider and HIE participants to share information more efficiently.”
Coalition members will announce plans for launching the program and more details at the NYeC Digital Health Conference, Oct. 15-16, and webinars will be scheduled for the HIT and provider communities. More details and a fact sheet is available at www.hiehitnews.org.
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. For more information about NYeC, visit www.nyehealth.org. @NYeHealth on Twitter.
About the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup
The EHR | HIE Interoperability Workgroup is a New York eHealth Collaborative-led coalition of 15 States (representing nearly 50% of the U.S. population), 19 electronic health record (EHR) vendors, and 18 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.
Healtheway is a non-profit organization chartered to operationally support the eHealth Exchange, formerly the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) Exchange, as it transitioned from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) initiative to a public-private endeavor. Healtheway leads in cross-industry collaboration to develop implementation strategies that enable secure, interoperable nationwide exchange of health information.
The eHealth Exchange is a rapidly growing community of exchange partners, who share information under a common trust framework and a common set of rules. Currently, 34 participants include 4 federal agencies, 5 states, 8 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. The eHealth Exchange helps to improve the health and welfare of all Americans through health information exchange that is trusted, scalable and enhances quality of care and health outcomes by supporting comprehensive longitudinal health records.
For more information about Healtheway and the eHealth Exchange: www.healthewayinc.org
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 is available at http://cchit.org.
Statewide Network Selects MedAllies as “Direct Solution” Provider
NYeC has chosen MedAllies to operate the “Direct Solution” on the SHIN-NY. Similar to a highly secure email, Direct allows healthcare providers to seamlessly send data from one provider directly to another who is caring for the same patient. MedAllies Direct Solutions has been built according to specifications developed by the nationwide EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup.
Welcome to our blog!
Greetings, salutations and welcome to our blog – a feature of our new NYeC website and a communication tool that I’ve been looking forward to for several months now!
As many of you know, the incredibly talented and dedicated NYeC team has been hard at work on a number of industry leading efforts.
Platform of Connected Capabilities
Apps in Care Coordination, Analytics, Physician Alerts, and Patient Engagement are being developed. Read More
5 keys to HIEs and the changing market
A recent study by ICD MarketScape evaluated 16 vendors and concluded the HIE landscape is shifting from “connecting the ecosystem with exchange data and meaningful incentives,” to transforming data into “actionable information.” Read More.
Source: Healthcare IT News
SHIN-NY API and Innovation
The Application Programming Interface (API) will allow developers to build new healthcare technology applications on top of the SHIN-NY. NYeC is working to standardize this platform, and to develop requirements which will allow companies to build products that conform to state policies.
Statewide Collaborative Process
As health information technology grows, new policy must be written, and new standards set. An essential task of NYeC is to develop common policies, procedures, and technical approaches, through an open and transparent process, to support New York’s expanding health information infrastructure. These will ensure the highest quality of service, interoperability, and full patient privacy, security, and safety. Read More
Interoperability Workgroup Announces Compliance Testing Specifications, Releases RFP
Group now includes 31 vendors and 14 states, representing 45% of US population.Download
The EHR | HIE Interoperability Workgroup is a New York eHealth Collaborative-led coalition of 19 States (representing 52% of the U.S. population), 23 EHR vendors, and 24 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. The goal of the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup is to create an integrated marketplace of EHR capabilities, in which the interfaces between EHRs and HIEs will be compatible more easily across and between states. Read More
SHINY Policy & Government
Released January 2012. Read More
NYeC Seeks Additional Vendor Partners
REC Quick Facts
Information about NYeC REC services. Read More
NYeC EHR Vendor Application
NYeC is accepting applications of certified EHR vendor products for participation in the NYeC HIT Adoption Program (includes the Regional Extension Center). Read More
SHINY Technical Architecture Overview
This document describes the basic technical approach to implementing the common service-oriented architecture (SOA) for the Statewide Health Information network of New York (SHIN-NY). The SHIN-NY is an infrastructure pattern that enables widespread interoperability among disparate healthcare systems. Read More
New York Digital Health Accelerator Receives 250 ApplicationsDownload
EHR Requirements Document V2.2
This document summarizes the EHR (Electronic Health Record) functional requirements determined by the Statewide Collaboration Process (SCP). The participants include all recipients of grant funding under Phase 5 of the Healthcare Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL-NY) and other interested stakeholders in the health care system of New York State. Read More
Request for Proposals: Direct White Pages
RFP Release Date: November 14, 2014
Proposals Due: December 5, 2014 (11:59pm EDT)
Anticipated Contract Start Date: December 19, 2014
Email all Correspondence to: RFPContact@nyehealth.org
The Direct Project is one part of an overall national strategy to connect healthcare providers through a Nationwide Health Information Network. The Direct Project specifies a simple, secure, scalable, and standards-based way for participants to send authenticated, encrypted health information directly to known, trusted recipients over the Internet. The Direct Project focuses on the technical standards and services necessary to securely push content from a sender to a receiver and not the actual content exchanged. For example, a primary care physician who is referring a patient to a specialist can use the Direct Project to provide a clinical summary of that patient to the specialist and to receive a summary of the consultation.
This project is intended to create a “Direct White Pages” that makes the information contained in individual provider directories (Direct addresses, basic provider and organizational information) available to healthcare providers to allow for information exchange between providers and to support transitions of care, referrals, and other care coordination efforts. This initiative, its policies, and deliverables are referred to as the Statewide Direct Address White Pages (“White Pages”). Direct secure messaging is used for healthcare communication with the ability to support standards-based transactions. Healthcare providers wishing to send and receive Direct messages, must work with a Health Information Service Provider (HISP). Disparate HISPs and edge systems which connect to HISPs (such as EHR systems and provider portals) contain directories consisting of Direct addresses, organization names, physical addresses, telephone numbers and oftentimes NPI’s (National Provider Identifier). In order for one provider to send a Direct message to another, it is important to find the other provider’s Direct address easily and efficiently. That is the purpose of this project.
The New York Digital Health Accelerator is a program run by New York eHealth Collaborative and the New York City Investment Fund for early- and growth-stage digital health companies to develop cutting edge technology products in care coordination, patient engagement, analytics and message alerts for healthcare providers.
NYeC Gala 2011
Hosted by the NYeC’s board of directors, the Gala and Award Ceremony took place at Chelsea Piers on December 1st. It was an elegant evening of cocktails and dining to celebrate the advancements and accomplishments in health IT throughout New York State.
Digital Health Conference 2012
The 2012 NYeC Digital Health Conference brings together a diverse group of professionals from across and beyond the health IT field, for two days of lively intellectual exchange.
Statewide Network (SHIN-NY)
The Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) 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.
We host and promote a variety of events to help inform members of the community about health IT. For general event inquiries, contact NYeC Event Manager Tom Tagariello at email@example.com or 646-619-6761.
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IHE USA North American Connectathon 2012
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