Study: RHIOs/HIEs backed by states will win

UPDATED 5/7/08

For the RHIO/HIE movement to really explode, it will take help from states, according to a new consulting firm study. The IDC Research company Health Industry Insights study looked at 20 software products and determined to what extent they could service the RHIO market. The consulting firm concluded that given these RHIOs' financial constraints, states will have a major role in fostering the development of the federal Nationwide Health Information Network.

This is, in part, because the states can address RHIO needs on an individualized basis. Right now, there are about 150 to 200 RHIOs and HIEs in existence nationally, but their level of sophistication varies greatly, according to Health Industry Insights program director Marc Holland. States will be in a good position to know the strengths and weaknesses of their regional and statewide HIEs. RHIOs that rely on federal funding, however, may not enjoy this advantage, according to other experts.

To learn more about the study:
- read this Healthcare IT News piece

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