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Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 35–47 | Cite as

Regional Health Information Organizations: A Vehicle for Transforming Health Care Delivery?

  • Michael R. SolomonEmail author
Original Paper

Abstract

Information technology (IT) has the potential to be a significant enabler in transforming the health care delivery system. New types of organizations are needed to guide the change. Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) hold promise as agents for transformation. This essay discusses the results from a case study on how RHIOs are advancing IT adoption in the health care community. Results indicate that the RHIO model is early in its evolution. To be a catalyst of change, the RHIO must overcome privacy barriers, actively engage purchasers of care, and create compelling incentives for clinicians to adopt the RHIOs’ services.

Keywords

Health care Health information exchange Information technology adoption Privacy Managing change 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Walden UniversityMinneapolisUSA

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