A Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) is a group of organizations within a specific area that share healthcare-related information electronically according to accepted healthcare information technology (HIT) standards. A RHIO typically oversees the means of information exchange among various provider settings, payers and government agencies.
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The RHIO is one model toward achieving the proposed National Health Information Network (NHIN) in the United States. The key components of the health IT infrastructure are:
- Electronic medical records (EMR) and electronic health records (EHR) for healthcare professionals.
- Personal health records (PHR) for individuals.
- Health information exchange (HIE) to facilitate electronic communications among all entities involved.
- The Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO), which organizes and oversees facilities participating in information exchange within a geographical area.