Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs)

In November 2005, OHA co-sponsored with the National Alliance for Health Information Technology (NAHIT), an educational conference to provide background information about Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) and provide a platform for Oklahoma leaders to discuss the development of a RHIO in Oklahoma. The program was designed to provide education and guidance for state government, business, health care and health care-related organizations, including payers and employers in Oklahoma.

RHIOs are expected to provide the infrastructure to accomplish the development of a national health record. They will facilitate implementation of health information data exchange. In coming years, RHIOs will improve patient care by linking patient data across hospitals and databases. By transforming the way health care data is shared, RHIOs are poised to improve patient safety while reducing medical errors and improving medical management and efficiency, thus reducing health care costs.

Additional Information:

Oklahoma City hospitals form agreement to implement electronic medical records exchange
“Ending the Document Game: Connecting and Transforming Your Healthcare Through Information Technology”– Report by the Commission on Systemic Interoperability

Background: The Commission on Systemic Interoperability was authorized by the Medicare Modernization Act and established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Its members were appointed by the President of the United States of America and the leaders of the 108th United States Congress, and it held its first meeting on Jan. 10, 2005.

The Commission was charged with developing a strategy to make health care information instantly accessible at all times, by consumers and their health care providers. On Oct. 25, 2005, the Commission released its report, “Ending the Document Game...”, to the United States Congress, the Administration, and the American public.