Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) – The terms “RHIO” and “Health Information Exchange” or “Health Information Exchange (HIE) focuses on the mobilization of healthcare information electronically across organizations within a region or community. HIE provides the capability to electronically move clinical information between disparate health... More” are often used interchangeably. A RHIO is a group of organizations with a business stake in improving the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare delivery. RHIOs are the building blocks of the proposed National Health Information Network (Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) is one of the ONC‘s major initiatives. As defined by the ONC, NHIN is: “a set of standards, services and policies that enable secure health information exchange over the Internet. The NHIN will provide... More) initiative proposed by David Brailer, MD, and his team at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT). To build a national network of interoperable health records, the effort must first develop at the local and state levels. The concept of NHIN requires extensive collaboration by a diverse set of stake holders. The challenges are many to achieve success for a health information exchange or a RHIO.
Synonyms: Regional Health Information Organization