Regional Health Information Exchange

What Does Regional Health Information Exchange Mean?

The Regional Health Information Exchange (RHIE) is a government-led standards initiative geared toward the the electronic health records (EHR) movement in the United States. The aoption of RHIE initiatives is paramount in order to implement the laws set forth in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in regard to health IT and health reform initiatives. The focus is placed, more specifically, on health information organizations with the goal of improving EHR interoperability to boost the efficient exchange of public information.


Techopedia Explains Regional Health Information Exchange

Organizations that need assistance with EHR adoption and the laws surrounding the ARRA can contact RHIEs. Case management and utilization management is the crux of clinical coordination. Through the RHIE, these factors can be fine-tuned by and provide helpful hints for caregivers, vendors and in-house IT professionals. RHIEs are located in every state and are a trusted source for eligible providers who are serious about changing their paper records to an electronic format.

Physicians, nurses and other eligible providers may access RHIE because it is a nonprofit, free source where they can find IT professionals, especially those who are independent, non-vendors. Some private practice eligible providers will comply with federal EHR laws by developing their own systems with the help of RHIE EHR system models. Others will use existing IT staff.

Many health care providers prefer this localized implementation over buying software from private vendors because these systems may not be as easy to customized to meet the varying needs of private practices. In other instances, outside vendors are too costly for small private practices or state-run medical facilities.


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