The stringent changes that have occurred in healthcare technology and e-health measures have spurred creative thought in healthcare professionals across the globe. New York is one of the first states to adopt advanced security measures and protocols to expedite medical services to patients. The New York State Department of Health is collaborating with New York eHealth Collaborative to form the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHINY-NY) Policy Committee.

This health committee has become very active as of March 20, 2012, with the intention of enhancing healthcare services throughout the state by creating an integrated network of healthcare professionals in a safe and secure manner. The committee consists of public health officials, various healthcare providers, lawyers, public health advocates, hospital leadership professionals, RHIO’s, and other crucial healthcare policy specialists. The main purpose of this committee is to monitor e-health procedures to ensure the most efficient and secure means of encrypting and transferring vital patient information.

The most accurate and up to date policy guidelines on PHI, HIE, and even HIPAA of the state have been combined with Regional Health Information Exchange Organizations (RHIOs) to produce the best result. With this in mind, state and regional policymakers are joining forces to implement new policies and amendments that meet strict federal HIPAA guidelines to ensure complete safety of protected health information. Furthermore, the success of this operation will rely on the ability of several healthcare professionals and organizations to adapt to the changes required to enact these new policies.

Another important goal of SHINY is to integrate medical professionals from around the state so that critical access points are created. This allows innumerable opportunities to share pertinent medical and non-medical data on patients, which also cuts down on patient wait times in the office. Increasing the means of communication on a statewide basis allows professionals to communicate effectively to accurately diagnose and treat each patient.

Connecting large amounts of medical practitioners while reducing security risks associated with transferring PHI is the idea behind SHINY’s operations. This statewide movement also makes it easier to shift from physical databases to electronic databases when it counts the most. Implementing state legislatures and procedures regarding e-health operations not only helps healthcare practitioners, but can better assist patients while reducing risks and threats that have been noted in the past.