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Regional Health Information Organizations: Formation Encouraged by Legislation

What triggered the increased public interest in RHIOs?

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Congress enacted legislation designed to promote health information technology development and information exchange.

By enacting the new law, Congress recognized that facilitating health information exchange and technology is important to improving the delivery of health care and reducing the costs of health care delivery and administration. The legislative history of these provisions acknowledges that certain organizations that are organized and operated to facilitate the exchange of health information, and that satisfy standards established by Health and Human Services, lessen the burdens of government and may qualify for exemption under section

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 01-Nov-2016