eHealth is the use of a computer network, instead of paper, to store and manage your medical records. eHealth is sometimes called “health information technology.”
New York is rolling out a statewide eHealth network called the SHIN-NY (Statewide Health Information Network for New York) to improve the quality and safety of healthcare for New Yorkers.
The SHIN-NY is made up of smaller networks called RHIOs (Regional Health Information Organizations). RHIOs get and share information about patients locally, from such places as hospitals, physicians, pharmacies, clinical laboratories, health insurers, and the Medicaid program.
Making your records easily available in one place on a computer means that any doctors in the area who take care of you will be able to get a more complete picture of your health, which helps them in making decisions about your care. Quick access to your health information could even save your life in a medical emergency.
If you want to participate in eHealth, all you have to do is sign a consent form. At the time of registration at the hospital an Admitting Department representative can assist you with signing up for eHealth.
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