Impact of RHIOs

RHIOs are comprised of multiple stakeholders. They play a vital role in health information exchange (HIE) in a community. Effective HIE directly impacts implementation of public health standards and efficacy of health programs in a region.

Review the following US government Web sites:

Then, perform the following tasks:

Task 1: Find and state definitions for the following terms:

  • Electronic Health Records (EHR)
  • Interoperability of health information systems
  • Data standards in healthcare
  • Health information exchange (HIE)
  • Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO)
  • National Health Information Network (NHIN)

Task 2: Using online library resources, do the following:

  • Examine at least two scholarly references on RHIOs.
  • Cite at least one example of how an RHIO improved the standard of healthcare.

Task 3: Analyze how the development of RHIOs will improve the standard of healthcare in the United States. Support your answer with scholarly references.

  • Incorporate the definitions for the terms listed in task 1.
  • Propose 3–5 data fields, mandatory or variable, that should be included in an HIE database.

Write a 3-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use at least 4 scholarly references.

Assignment Components

1. Explain why it is important to establish ROI parameters before embarking on new public health projects that involve acquiring new information technologies: 40

2. Analyze how new information technologies and the advent of the NHIN and RHIO can improve outcomes for disease surveillance programs: 40

3. Write in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources (i.e., APA); and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation: 20


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