Data Exchange

Healthix Data: Type, Source and Use

Updated: September 28, 2017

Healthix is the largest public health information exchange (HIE) in the nation with data on more than 16,000,000 unique patients. These millions of patients have accessed care in New York City and Long Island in the last decade (since 2008). While the vast majority are New York State residents, the numbers also include residents from over 230 countries and almost every state nationwide. These unique patients are matched from 62,722,923 Medical Record Numbers (MRNs) and 23,812,577 (MRIDs).

Healthix is one of 8 public HIEs in the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY) and while we cover New York City and Long Island, we also exchange data with the other 7 public HIEs for patients across New York State.


Types of Data:

Healthix data is updated with each patient encounter, providing a more complete picture of a patient’s health. Data is further enhanced as practitioners and Participant Organizations contribute more and more data. Below are the current data elements collected and exchanged:

  • Demographics: Name, Gender, DOB, Race, Ethnicity, Language
  • Allergies
  • Medications
  • Medication Allergies
  • Smoking Status
  • Immunizations
  • Encounters
  • Observations
  • Vital Signs: Hgt,Wgt, BP, BMI
  • Pharmacy Fill Data
  • EMS Run Data
  • Lab Tests/Results
  • Radiology Images
  • Other Diagnostic Results
  • Diagnoses
  • Problem Lists
  • Procedures
  • Functional/Cognitive Status
  • Care Plans
  • Discharge Instructions/ Clinical Summaries
  • Advanced Directives
  • eMOLST for end of life care

Source of Healthix Data:

Healthix is connected to over 550 participant organizations and over 1,500 facilities in our geographic area (view list). They include a wide range of facility types, as seen below.

Types of Organization Number
Hospitals 63
Independent Physician Practices of All sizes 241
Long-term Care, Nursing Facilities 125
Behavioral Health Facilities 59
Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) 35
Community Based Organizations 33
Home Care 21
Health Plans 13
PPS Leads 9
Medicaid Health Homes 3
Independent Pharmacies 5
Independent Labs & RadiologyCenters 3
NYC Correctional Health Services 1
All Other Public HIEs in New York State 7
Medicaid Claims Data (in development) NA
Veterans Administration (in development) NA

Uses of Data

Healthix connects practitioners to patient data 24/7, to improve clinical outcomes, enhance care coordination and lower costs. Having the patient’s information at the provider’s fingertips when and where they need it is essential. Healthix data is used for: