What should I consider before starting a regional health information organization (RHIO)?
The process of starting a RHIO requires an integrated approach that addresses an array of technological, managerial, political, cultural, and sociological factors. A first step to starting a RHIO is to create a vision for health information exchange. This vision, or preliminary business plan, is then presented to the community for feedback. Do not underestimate the importance of achieving buy-in from the community; collaboration across multiple stakeholders is a critical ingredient to the creation of a successful RHIO.
To avoid common road blocks, think early about the following issues:
Many communities across the country have implemented RHIOs and can provide useful advice and guidance on the topic. A variety of tools and resources are also available to help health centers, other safety net providers and ambulatory care providers with health information exchange at the State, Regional, or Local levels.
Resources on Planning for a RHIO:
E-mail the HealthIT e-mail box: firstname.lastname@example.org