Quality improvement organizations could play a significant role in improving healthcare connectivity and quality, as regional health information organizations, or RHIOs, become viable, according to a draft report by the American Health Quality Foundation. A survey by the trade group, which represents the private organizations contracted to run quality improvement programs for Medicare, found that QIOs are participating in the development of more than 100 regional health-information organizations, from rallying provider interest to providing technical expertise and even hosting the database involved. RHIOs are being promoted as a way to move healthcare information among hospitals and physicians. Long run, QIOs may be able to use data from RHIOs to help providers improve quality, the report said. Read the report. -- by Joseph Conn
QIOs see future in regional health information networks
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