NYSHF on IT Readiness

The New York State Health Foundation analyzed the state’s health information technology infrastructure capabilities and offered a list of options for integrating them. That will be necessary to meet federal requirements for setting up an insurance exchange. The 50-page report, written by Social Interest Solutions, rates the existing computer architecture of 15 electronic health information systems now in use in New York. Those include systems used by DOH, the state Office of Temporary Disability Assistance, Child Health Plus, and several New York City systems. The report found that while the eMedNY system has a “strong technical architecture” for claims and the Medicaid Data Warehouse has “powerful reporting and data analysis capability,” there also are some gaps—particularly when it comes to providing a “first-class customer experience.”

The report is at www.nyshealthfoundation.org. From Crain’s Health Pulse, 05/17/2011