Monday, December 7, 2009

RHIO: 100,000 Give Consent

This RHIO is not based on XDS or BPPC, but the fact that they operate with a only an OPT-IN policy seems to validate that this approach should satisfy the 80/20 rule. I think that BPPC can and should be used to enable OPT-IN in an XDS like RHIO (HIE). This is not to say that BPPC is the long term solution, but rather that without a OPT-IN ability we will get nowhere on deploying the Health Internet. BPPC is 'good enough', and is a logical path toward something more advanced. HL7 is already working on that more advanced solution, and it is a logical extension to where BPPC is today.
The Rochester RHIO in New York has announced that more than 100,000 patients have consented to their physicians viewing their health information via the RHIO. Rochester RHIO started a pilot in 2007 with five practices and 27 physicians. Today, it serves more than 1,500 authorized providers including 500 physicians. Data exchanged via the RHIO includes lab reports, radiology images and reports, medication histories, and hospital discharge summaries. By January, the service will include emergency medical treatment data and information on health and human services for senior citizens. More