The Health Information Xchange of New York (Hixny) was jointly created by the New York Health Plan Association (HPA) representing 30 health plans statewide and the Iroquois Healthcare Alliance (IHA) on behalf of its 59 hospitals, to promote collaboration among providers and payers to reduce health care costs and promote high quality clinical care in upstate New York.

Created through a unique collaboration of health care providers and insurers, HIXNY will achieve this dual mission by providing a technology infrastructure and services to enable physicians, hospitals and other health care providers and insurers to interact, share information resources, and conduct business using a standardized, HIPAA compliant approach to administrative transactions. Originally organized in 1999, the initial efforts of HIXNY involved evaluation of a community web portal for electronic claims transactions and organization of a workgroup of hospitals and health plans to develop mutually agreed upon regional HIPAA transaction standards. In recognition of the growing momentum at the federal and state levels for development and implementation of Health Information Technology (HIT) to improve the quality of health care and reduce health care costs, HIXNY has begun work to create a clinical data exchange to advance HIT standardization and interoperability.

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