About the Patient Health Information and Quality Improvement Act of 2000

In October 2000, former Governor Pataki signed into law the Patient Health Information and Quality Improvement Act. It calls for the creation of a statewide health information system designed to collect a wide range of data on health care providers, practitioners and plans and to make this information available to the public on an ongoing basis. It also establishes a Patient Safety Center within the New York State Department of Health.

The purpose of the statewide health information system is to:

  • improve the quality of health care
  • increase public information about health care providers, practitioners and plans.

The purpose of the Patient Safety Center is to:

  • maximize patient safety
  • reduce medical errors
  • improve the quality of health care by improving systems of data reporting, collection, analysis and dissemination
  • improve public access to health care information.