NYC REACH members can access resources and pilot programs from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. These programs use your EHR features for innovative public health initiatives based on top public health concerns for New York City.
Depending on your practice, you may qualify for one or more of these programs. Read below to find out more:
HEAL 17/ The Kiosk Project
The Primary Care Information Project is providing kiosks for primary care physician offices in New York City to strengthen patient engagement and health promotion by allowing patients to access their personal health record (PHR), or "patient portal", easily and securely in the physican's office. This allows easy access to educational health materials including videos and other relevant documents for improved health management.
By developing a PHR, individuals can play a more active role in their own health care. By being able to view their health information, patients can be more informed in decision making when it comes to health conditions, treatment options, and management of chronic disease, healthy lifestyle choices, and preventive actions. Patient involvement in their own health care can lead to better health outcomes. There are currently 2 kiosk-enabled practices in the PCIP network.
The New York State Department of Health, Office of the Health and Information Technology Transformation (OHITT) has contracted with Regional Extension Centers (RECs) to provide electronic health record (EHR) implementation support and adoption services to mental health and behavioral health providers participating in the Medicaid Health Home program. New York State passed the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers Capital Grant Program in 2004 (HEAL NY) to implement 21st century health information infrastructure to support the delivery of high quality care. HEAL 22 specifically provides technical support to adopt and use health information technology and exchange for mental health / behavioral health providers serving New York State Medicaid Health Homes. The program began on June 1, 2012 and will end October 31, 2013. Click here to read more
For more information about past programs, please click here.
The Primary Care Information Project introduced a new initiative that will provide practices around New York City with greater connectivity to other hospitals and practices with whom they work. The Interconnectivity Initiative will allow practices to connect subsidized EHR systems with one of the four local Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) that link to their participating hospitals, nursing homes, homecare agencies, physician practices, and diagnostic centers. With this higher level of interoperability, providers will benefit from improved care coordination and patient outcomes.
Interested providers: To join the program, fill out a brief form to indicate your interest, then review the RHIO pricing and RHIO overview brochures and select the RHIO that best fits your needs. Your selected RHIO will reach out to you based on your position in the list of practices that have expressed interest in joining.
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