New York HIEs merge: 4 things to know

HealtheConnections and HealthlinkNY — two organizations that link health information exchanges in New York state — agreed to merge Jan. 30.

Four things to know:

1. HealtheConnections and HealthlinkNY are accredited entities that operate their regional HIEs. They connect with other HIEs to form the Statewide Health Information Network of New York, also known as SHIN-NY.

2. The combined organization will operate under the HealtheConnections name.

3. The new HealtheConnections will provide HIE services to 26 counties in the Central New York, Southern Tier and Hudson Valley regions.

4.The HIEs said that the New York State Department of Health fully supports the merger, adding that the agreement aligns with the strategic goals the department outlined in its SHIN-NY roadmap.

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