DOH Implements Mobile App for NYSDOH Health Alerts

Karen Morris in Clinical & Quality

Yes, "there's an app for that" response to our request to make the HCS system more user friendly, DOH has announced the implementation of the "Health Alerts Mobile App." This application will allow users to readily access important emergency and routine HCS notifications that are now only accessible after signing into the HCS. The DOH memo below describes how to download the app. DOH is seeking your input on how the app is working, send suggestions to
Dear Health Commerce System User,

One of the core functions of the Health Commerce System (HCS) is to provide emergency and routine communications via the Integrated Health Alert Network System (IHANS). Up until now the only way to access them was to sign into the HCS and view the notifications on the home page. Many users have let us know that they would prefer a simpler, more direct way to access these notifications, and we listened. We are pleased to announce the release of the NYSDOH Health Alerts Mobile app!

This mobile application provides ready access to the last 50 notifications posted to the HCS Important Health Notifications. The app currently displays protected and targeted notifications normally posted on the HCS home page, as well as all public notifications that do not require login to HCS.

Application highlights:

  • Provides access to public notifications, heretofore only accessible via an emailed link without login.

  • Uses your HCS ID and password to login and access unviewed, protected notifications, heretofore only found on the HCS homepage.

  • Stores a copy of any viewed notifications on your device that you can view again at any time without needing to login.

To download and begin using the NYSDOH Health Alert mobile app today, point your Android or iOS device to, log in and click the Mobile Apps button at the top of the page. A link to the mobile apps page is also available under My Content > Mobile Apps.

Your opinion is important to us, and as this is version 1 of the app, your opinion and experiences using the app are key to its continued improvement. Please send your comments regarding the app to

The Health Commerce System Team

Karen Morris

Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800, ext. 15