NHIN, RHIOs, and public health
Kass-Hout, T. A., Gray, S. K., Massoudi, B. L., Immanuel, G. Y., Dollacker, M., & Cothern, R. (2007). NHIN, RHIOs, and public health. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 13(1), 31–34.
Public health plays a critical role in forming the building blocks for community or regional health-information sharing, which is essential to the long-term viability of a Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) and the Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs). By contributing to its visions, policies, processes, standards, and needs/requirements, public health will close the loop within an NHIN and the RHIOs environment. In this article we illustrate public health's essential role in an NHIN and the RHIOs by examining the mutual benefits to healthcare and public health.