RHIOs have difficulty meeting meaningful use requirements

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A recent study by a Boston-based university found that only 13 out of 75 fully-operational regional health information organizations (RHIOs) have the ability to meet stage one requirements of meaningful use for their health informatics tools, specifically electronic health record (EHR) systems. Additionally, none of these facilities meet an “expert-derived definition” of a comprehensive RHIO.

However, the study shows that monetary factors may be an influence on the operations of RHIOs, as only 25 out of the 75 operational facilities were financially viable. Out of the 13 RHIOs that were able to meet meaningful use demands, just six were financially stable.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in order to meet stage one of meaningful use requirements, a facility must meet a core and a menu set of objectives that are specific to individuals and hospitals. For professionals there are 25 objectives, of which the individuals must meet 20. Hospitals have a total of 24 criteria, but only need to fulfill 19 in order to qualify for an incentive payment.