Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) Term Paper by Nicky

A review of the issues facing the survival of regional health information organizations (RHIOs).
# 149737 | 1,464 words | 7 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 29, 2011 in Medical and Health (General)

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The paper examines the challenges facing RHIOs that include funding issues, unsustainable business models, data storage and access policies, as well as wavering public support. The paper looks at the advances RHIOs have contributed to health care, as well as issues they still need to address. The paper also investigates how RHIOs impact local physicians' practices as well as those of other health providers. Lastly, as a customer, the writer of this paper relates personal feelings about RHIOs. The paper includes figures as well as a vast amount of research material.


From the Paper:

"David St Clair (2008), founder and CEO of MEDecision Inc., stresses that RHIOs provide a better overall perspective of the patient's medical history to clinicians. In the article,
"RHIOs in reverse," Clair asserts information in RHIOs would likely provide more comprehensive and accurate information than the patient might provide. In turn, physicians could utilize the information to conduct a more thorough interview to ultimately help identify gaps that need to be filled in the patient's care. On the questionable side, the information could also entice providers to fulfill particular pay-for-performance practices that may or may not benefit the patient.
"By 2005, Joseph Conn (2005) reports, more than 100 regional health information exchange organizations were operating across 45 states and the District of Columbia. In the article, "After the startup; RHIOs seek sources for continuing support," Conn explains that when RHIOs initially beginning to operate, 46% of the health information exchanges surveyed in his study reported they had obtained funds from the federal government, while "24% received money from state or local governments" (Conn, 2005, 2). As the majority of RHIOs may start from seed money that various branches of government provide, these RHIOs ultimately depend on public funding to continue to operate. Developing sources to fund the start of and maintaining of RHIOs therefore proves to be the primary challenge for these organizations to survive."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Conn, J. (2005). After the startup; RHIOs seek sources for continuing support. Modern Healthcare. Crain Communications, Inc. Retrieved July 30, 2009 from HighBeam Research:
  • Freedman, I. & Diamond, J. (2007). Strategies for success: RHIOs that are designed to improve patient care and satisfaction can also increase market share. Health Management Technology. Nelson Publishing. Retrieved July 30, 2009 from HighBeam Research:
  • How Electronic Health Records (EHRs) can help your practice. (2009). Sage Software, Inc. Retrieved August 4, 2009 from products/ehr/
  • Hurd, A. (2008). The federated advantage: data exchange between healthcare organizations in RHIOs is a hot topic. Can federated models end the debate? Health Management Technology. Nelson Publishing. Retrieved July 30, 2009 from HighBeam Research:
  • RHIO/HIE. (2009). HiMSS Foundation. Retrieved July 30, 2009 from

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