New York State has been undergoing a transformation of the way healthcare information is exchanged and shared across the state, and continues its efforts with a new project designed to give patients more access to their information.
The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) is developing a Patient Portal for New Yorkers, a website that will allow patients to access and manage their health information from hospitals, physicians and other providers. The portal will initially be available in early 2014 for providers belonging to the following Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOS): BHIX, eHLNLI, HEALTHIX ,INTERBORO, THINC, and STHL.
NYACP remains committed to providing members with information and resources on improving the quality of patient care, coordinating care, meeting the demands of new care models and participating in third-party reporting and incentive programs. The Chapter’s Health Information Technology Committee has met with NYeC to discuss what impact this portal will have on physician practices, especially those who have existing EHR-based patient portals, the cost to physicians and patients and how this integrates with federal CMS meaningful use standards.
Here’s what we can report thus far:
- The portal will be Meaningful Use 2 certified for the view, download, and transmit criteria.
- NYACP leadership is involved in reviewing and providing feedback on the “use cases” that will be utilized for the portal’s functionality as well as reviewing research on patient preferences.
- NYeC will be sponsoring a public campaign in mid-April where healthcare professionals and patients will be asked to vote on which of a number of portal designs they like best. Please visit http://www.patientportalfornewyorkers.org/ to see the portal designs.
- The Patient Portal for New Yorkers project is using the US Department of Veterans Affairs’ “Blue Button” initiative as a model to provide a “one-click” way to download healthcare data.
- In the coming months, NYeC will offer educational webinars to physicians at no cost to keep you apprised of the portal development and answer questions.
- You will also have the opportunity to attend events in your region during NYeC’s 2013 Spring Summit Series.
In general, learn more about NYeC and the portal at www.nyehealth.org.
The New York State DOH Office of Health Information Technology Transformation is charged with coordinating health IT programs and policies across the public and private health-care sectors to enable improvements in health care quality, affordability and outcomes for all New Yorkers. These programs and policies help to establish the health IT infrastructure and capacity to support clinicians in quality-based reimbursement programs and new models of care delivery.
In New York, there are two federally designated Regional Extension Centers that can assist physicians through EHR adoption. NYeC provides services to all areas of the state outside of the 5 boroughs in NYC and receives funding from state and federal grants to promote the widespread use of health information technology.
The development of a statewide consumer portal is an important step towards allowing the 19.5 million patients across New York State to take an active role in managing their health. To this end, NYeC is building the statewide patient portal—essentially a website where patients will be able to securely log on and access their records at any time. Phase one of the portal will be launched early in 2014.
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