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An arrangement in which two or more health information exchange service providers agree to share in-kind services and resources to allow for the pass-through of clinical transactions.

Reference: Minnesota Statute 62J.498, Subdivision 1, paragraph (o)

An electronic index of patient identifying information that directs providers in a health information exchange to the location of patient health records held by providers and group purchasers.

Reference: Minn. Stat. §144.291 sub.2(i)

A health information organization that brings together health care stakeholders within a defined geographic area and governs health information exchange among them for the purpose of improving health and care in that community.

Reference: The National Alliance for Health Information Technology Report to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on Defining Key Health Information Technology Terms, April 2008.


An RHIO is a group of interested healthcare stakeholders who collaborate to develop the financing, business rules, technology, and governance structure necessary to permit providers and healthcare systems to electronically share patient information in a defined community or region. A RHIO's roles might include convening key stakeholders in a collaborative setting to develop data exchange projects, surveying health industry leaders to define opportunities and the potential for data exchange, or actually serving as the governance organization responsible for operating an electronic health information data exchange.

See Also: HIE (Health Information Exchange) or HIO (Health Information Organization)

An entity that controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with another entity. 

Reference: Minn. Stat. §144.293 sub. 2(j)

A representation whether verbal or electronically captured in the electronic health record from a provider that holds a signed and dated consent from the patient authorizing the release of protected health information. 

Reference: Minn. Stat. §144.293 sub. 9(b)

An ROI analysis means to evaluate an investment by comparing the magnitude and timing of expected gains to the investment costs.

See Also: VOI (Value on Investment)

The process of managing risks to agency operations (including mission, functions, image, or reputation), agency assets, or individuals resulting from the operation of an information system. It includes risk assessment; cost-benefit analysis; the selection, implementation, and assessment of security controls; and the formal authorization to operate the system. The process considers effectiveness, efficiency, and constraints due to laws, directives, policies, or regulations.

Reference: http://www.nist.gov

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation's largest foundation making grants to improve health and healthcare.

Reference: http://www.rwjf.org/index.jsp

The Rural Health Clinic Services Act of 1977 (Public Law 95-210) was enacted to address an inadequate supply of physicians serving Medicare beneficiaries and Medicaid recipients in rural areas and to increase the utilization of non-physician practitioners such as nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA) in rural areas. There are approximately 3,800 RHCs nationwide that provide access to primary care services in rural areas.

Reference: https://www.cms.gov/MLNProducts/downloads/RuralHlthClinfctsht.pdf

RxNorm provides normalized names for clinical drugs and links its names to many of the drug vocabularies commonly used in pharmacy management and drug interaction software, including those of First Databank, Micromedex, MediSpan, Gold Standard Alchemy, and Multum. By providing links between these vocabularies, RxNorm can mediate messages between systems not using the same software and vocabulary.

Reference: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/research/umls/rxnorm/

Updated Monday, May 01, 2017 at 10:33AM