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What is a Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO)? 

What is a Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO)? 

A Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) aims to coordinate the secure transmission of patient health information (PHI) between providers in a local area. Since patients typically see multiple providers across clinics, agencies, and hospitals, the role of an RHIO is to support the confidential sharing of relevant medical records electronically. In turn, patients benefit from faster and more efficient care. 

How Do RHIOs Work?

Most RHIOs are private companies that provide the technical structure for transmitting health information, and they contract with state health information networks to gain access to patient information. Healthcare providers can then engage the RHIO to participate in the network, but they must notify patients at this time.  

Patients can opt-out of an RHIO by asking participating healthcare providers not to pull or send their health information using the RHIO. However, because RHIOs are subject to all state and local laws regarding privacy and confidentiality, they are considered a highly secure and convenient way to share patient information. 

Benefits of an RHIO

Healthcare providers may choose to participate in a Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) for many reasons, but the primary advantage of such a system is to improve the quality and delivery of patient care. In addition, since patient records from other providers can be pulled rapidly, RHIOs create a more efficient and convenient workflow for patients and staff members. 

How TempDev Can Help You Participate in an RHIO

TempDev’s team of experienced consultants, developers, and trainers are here to support enhanced accessibility, as well as customized features and templates. This enables you and your patients to have more control over data with improved transparency. 

As part of our streamlining process, we help you implement the Patient Portal, API, and other tools to better support safety, patient engagement, and security. From dashboards to automation and workflow redesign, TempDev offers the comprehensive resources and tools you need to ensure proper interoperability with your RHIO. 

Contact us here or by calling us at 888.TEMP.DEV to participate in an RHIO.


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