RHIO Five Practical Steps
Moving from paper-based patient charts to EHRs is expected to improve patient care and save billions of dollars for the healthcare industry. According to government reports, Medicare would receive about $23 billion in potential savings each year and private insurers about $31 billion annually.
To further the widespread adoption of EHRs, the industry is now looking to the formation of a National Health Information Network (NHIN), or interoperable health information technology network. Since this national network will take perhaps decades to construct, many healthcare constituents are hoping that regional health information organizations (RHIOs) will pave the way.
While there are many challenges to forming a RHIO, some stakeholders are held captive by the roadblocks facing them and not moving forward. This white paper will examine five practical steps that will help most organizations overcome immediate technology obstacles related to establishing a RHIO. In summary, these are:
Step 1: Determining RHIO stakeholders.
Step 2: Matching RHIO team needs to the IT infrastructure already in place.
Step 3: Organizing all data.
Step 4: Deciding rules on data security and access.
Step 5: Flipping the switch.