Health Information Exchange and RHIOs
When individuals receive care from multiple providers, there is an intrinsic need for providers to
share information. Many networks do not have a system in place to share electronic medical records or
general client information, so alternatives may be necessary. One option is arranging a Health
Information Exchange (HIE), which is an interface for care and support providers to share critical,
confidential medical information. A Regional
Health Information Organization (RHIO) is the most common medium for supporting a Health
RHIOs gather a variety of stakeholders to reach consensus on the specific information that is allowed
to be shared among participating entities. All participating entities are required to sign data use
agreements prior to any information being shared. This may involve presenting the agreed upon
parameters to the compliance officer to gain organization-level approval. Participating entities are
required to have adequate capacity to efficiently store and manage electronic data. As a practical
consequence, RHIOs often provide health
information technology (HIT) assistance to providers at the institutional level.
For more information on electronic medical record (EMR) sharing, visit the
Information Technology Model Implementation Considerations on RHIhub's Care Coordination Toolkit
Resources to Learn More
Community Health IT Consortium
Example of a statewide consortium located in Florida that spearheads the sharing of health information
efficiently and securely anywhere in the world through an internet connection.
A comprehensive support organization that specializes in providing technological resources and
supports for hospitals, physician practices, and behavioral health serving rural communities.