Only 13 RHIOs Meet Meaningful Use Criteria

Out of 75 regional health information organizations across the U.S., only 13 meet the most basic criteria for meaningful use of health information technology, researchers say.

2 comments on "Only 13 RHIOs Meet Meaningful Use Criteria"
A. Jan Berlin M.D. (5/25/2011 at 10:40 AM)

It would be helpful to be able to identify the 13 RHIOs that meet the basic criteria without going the the Annals website where one must be a member to view the article cited.
Doug Dietzman (5/20/2011 at 8:45 PM)

I reject the premise of the article and research that suggests a RHIO must meet the wide ranging MU requirements. A RHIO is not an office EMR or clinical data repository nor does it need to provide either one to be a successful RHIO. RHIOs should not be held responsible for actual clinical redesign and care delivery change any more than the claim clearinghouses on the administrative side should be held accountable for revenue cycle redesign or performance within the companies that use them to transact data. RHIOs are not the sole 100% answer to everything needed for MU even though they play a critical role in supporting some of them. Perhaps that is why so many RHIOs find it difficult to get started and remain sustainable because the expectations are unrealistic as to the overall role they play and they try to be all things to all people. RHIOs can make sure data the right data gets where it needs to be when it needs to be there. What the clinicians and other users do with that data has everything to do with whether the patient care and wellness needles move in a positive direction or not. The clinicians must demonstrate meaningful use of technology, a portion of which is served by successful RHIOs.


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