Regional health information organizations (RHIOs) or health information exchanges (HIEs) vary in definition, but the overall concept rests on the exchange of health information across organizations. In the USA, many regions or states are currently engaged in the HIE movement at some level, as we are in Canada. Unfortunately, an evaluation of US RHIOs has revealed the dispirited truth. A Harvard study that surveyed 145 RHIOs found that 25% were non-operational and only 14% were of at least modest size and were exchanging clinical data at all.
Arithmetic: Extracting Positives from Negatives. The Santa Barbara
County Care Data Exchange Project
[Pre-print from ElectronicHealthcare, Volume 7, Number 4. This article has been made available for the next two weeks.]
Date: March 18, 2009
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