Definition

Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO)

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.

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.

 

Related glossary terms: Regional Extension Center (REC)
This was last updated in May 2010
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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