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Q: Can submissions rely on public exchanges such as SHIN-NY?

A: Yes, submissions are permitted to leverage the technologies offered by health information exchanges (HIEs) to whatever extent the exchanges legally permit it.

HIEs are networks that allow providers to securely share and access patients’ medical information electronically across disparate care sites. These systems are useful for providing timely information about patients that would otherwise be difficult to obtain. Traditional methods of sharing records include faxing information or physically transferring paper files, all of which can take days or weeks and are not always secure. HIEs also help promote continuity of care across different settings. These systems are often overseen by state government agencies, and include the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY): https://www.health.ny.gov/technology/technical_infrastructure.htm, mentioned in this question. This link provides information on the state-run information exchanges and lists their respective websites: http://healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/approved-state-plans.

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