New York to leverage NHIN demo

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New York’s participation in the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) trial demonstrations will help the state advance its internal health IT strategy, according to officials with the New York eHealth Collaborative.

The collaborative was awarded one of a second round of contracts to health information exchanges in October 2007 to test operations of the NHIN at the local and regional level. In June, they demonstrated the exchange of patient data between two regional health information organizations: the New York Clinical Information Exchange (NYCLIX) and the Long Island Patient Information Exchange (LIPIX).

According to Government Health IT, during the demo, a nursing supervisor from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York queried the NYCLIX system to retrieve a patient’s clinical summary from the LIPIX side. The patient’s records were housed in the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, and an attending physician with that health system was able to obtain a clinical patient summary from the NYCLIX side.

The NHIN specifications for subject discovery, query and retrieve, and back-office processes relative to audit logging, were used for the demo, said Tom Silvious, a CSC Healthcare sector employee who serves as the New York eHealth Collaborative’s solutions architect for NHIN projects, reported Government Health IT.

Next month, the New York eHealth Collaborative, along with other NHIN contractors, will demonstrate NHIN core services at the American Health Information Community (AHIC) meeting in Washington, D.C.

The statewide HIN for New York, or SHIN-NY, will serve as the technical component of the state’s health information infrastructure, according to the collaborative.