Expanding Care Coordination Through the Use of Interoperable Health Information Technology- HEAL NY Phase 17

The strategic focus of HEAL 17 is to continue to advance New York's health information infrastructure based on clinical and programmatic priorities and specific goals for improving quality, affordability and outcomes. Through HEAL NY Phase 17 $120 million will be awarded to community-based health information technology (IT) projects to build a more streamlined approach to sharing patient information. These projects will lead to significant savings in health care in the coming years. Unnecessary paperwork and redundancies throughout the system will be removed, and doctors and nurses will have better access to information of patients who transfer from one medical center to another. Projects will improve care coordination and management through a model encompassing the full continuum of care at the community level including mental health, long term care and home health care providers supported by the implementation and effective use of interoperable health information infrastructure. The patient is the center of this coordinated care model and projects will also include health IT for patients to be involved with all of their care givers in a safe and secure environment. HEAL 17 will build upon previous funding initiatives (HEAL 1, 5 and 10).

Health care reforms focused on with HEAL 17 are based on the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model, which health care professionals believe to be the most effective in treating a patient – by establishing a partnership among doctors, nurses, patients and their families to ensure that patients have the support they need to participate in their own care. Coordination of clinical care will be supported by connecting these care givers through a PCMH model and the implementation of interoperable health record systems (EHRs) that are linked through the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY).

Funded projects will participate in the statewide collaborative process already underway through New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) to further advance policies and requirements to continue to promote information technology in New York.