The New York Digital Health Accelerator (NYDHA) is a program run by the Partnership Fund for New York City New York and the NY eHealth Collaborative for scalable, growth-stage digital health companies that are developing cutting edge technology products in care coordination, patient engagement, behavioral health technology, population health and telehealth.
Founded by Henry Kravis of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. in 1996 with funding from New York’s leaders of business and finance, the Partnership Fund mobilizes its investors resource — their money, time and influence — to create jobs, spur new business creation and to expand opportunities for all of the city’s residents and neighborhoods. An “evergreen” fund, realized gains are continuously reinvested. Since inception, the Fund has invested in excess of $150 million. Investments are made only in NYC-based enterprises principally in the areas of digital health, financial technology, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, workforce development and food manufacturing.
The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) is a not-for-profit organization, working to improve healthcare for all New Yorkers through health information technology (health IT). Founded in 2006 by healthcare leaders, NYeC receives funding from state and federal grants to serve as the focal point for health IT in the State of New York. NYeC works to develop policies and standards, to assist healthcare providers in making the shift to electronic health records, and to coordinate the creation of a network to connect healthcare providers statewide. The goal of NYeC is that no patient, wherever they may need treatment within the State of New York, is ever without fast, secure, accurate, and accessible information.
The SHIN-NY (pronounced “shiny”) is coordinated by NYeC and functions similarly to a public utility, making electronic health records secure and accessible to healthcare providers statewide while improving patient care and lowering costs. As an increasing number of private practices, nursing homes, clinics and hospitals begin to digitize their records, they have the option to connect to regional information hubs. These Regional Health Information Organizations collect health record data from the healthcare providers in their area and, with patient consent, allow this information to be shared securely with other providers in the region. The SHIN-NY will connect these regional hubs to create a private and secure network spanning the entire State of New York.