Development of Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs): Knowledge networks and collaboration

Tip Ghosh, Jenna Marquard

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The development of Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) has become an important priority for policymaking in the USA. These development efforts have focused primarily on data exchange. In this paper, we propose the use of a research approach, based on knowledge networks and collaboration, to develop an understanding of the processes associated with RHIO development. RHIOs need to be envisioned beyond the need to exchange electronic health information exchange and be seen as the catalyst for knowledge sharing of evidence-based medical practices. Sharing evidence-based medical and clinical practices allows for shared system improvement. Networks have been perceived as a foundation for forming inter-organisational collaborations. The term network implies a structure to relate social actors while collaboration is the process whereby social actors in the network take collective actions to achieve a common goal. RHIOs can serve as convener organisations that can act as a catalyst for bringing diverse stakeholders to work together toward a common purpose and a set of goals that benefit the community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)298-315
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Public Policy
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Collaboration
  • Health information
  • Knowledge management
  • Social networks


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