Special Projects Fund

Grantee Name

New York eHealth Collaborative

Funding Area

Special Projects Fund

Publication Date

July 2010

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

November 2007–October 2008


There is an urgent need to improve health care quality, safety, and efficiency in New York State and broad use of Health Information Technology (HIT) will facilitate a secure and interoperable health information exchange.

The activities planned under this grant were designed to further develop and implement the statewide collaboration process with the ultimate goal of advancing HIT adoption and use. Because HIT and the health information exchange infrastructure is intended as a public good, NYeC’s vision included engaging the public in understanding, using, and evaluating HIT and health information exchange capabilities, both as individual consumers and patients and as part of a community engaged in these activities.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Formally designated by the NYSDOH as the public-private partnership that operates the statewide collaboration process on HIT in an inclusive and transparent manner.
  • Established and managed four policy/standards workgroups that included more than 300 representatives from various HIT projects that received HEAL-NY grant funds.
  • Created an education and communication committee comprising representatives from statewide health care organizations to identify their needs and develop common tools for communication.
  • Provided funding support and participated in a steering committee for a Consumer Advisory Council whose membership includes representatives from numerous consumer organizations (e.g., hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, employers, and health plans).
  • Conducted research and published a report on accreditation as a potential regulatory model for RHIOs titled Interoperable Health Information Exchange Policy, Governance, and Accountability.