Friday, April 14, 2006

A BUSY WEEK

This past week marked the meeting of eHI, the Electronic Health Initiative in Washington, D.C.


The eHealth Initiative and its Foundation are independent, non-profit affiliated organizations who engage the multiple stakeholders in healthcare, including clinicians, employers, health plans, healthcare IT suppliers, hospitals, laboratories, patient groups, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, pharmacies, and public health agencies, to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare through information and information technology. For more information, go to www.ehealthinitiative.org.

Also present was CHIME. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) was formed with the dual objectives of serving the professional development needs of healthcare CIOs and advocating the more effective use of information management within healthcare. CHIME's events and activities were designed to reflect that purpose, including CIO-oriented surveys, education programs, and networking activities. With membership of over 1,000 CIOs, CHIME has established itself as the premier organization serving the needs of healthcare CIOs. CHIME's educational initiatives are supported by the CHIME Foundation, a group of 54 providers of healthcare IS products and services. To learn more about CHIME and the CHIME Foundation, see www.cio-chime.org


Today, the Center for Health Transformation, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the eHealth Initiative (eHI) announced the launch of the RHIO Wiki, a Web-based, interactive information site of interest to the wide range of stakeholders involved in health information exchange initiatives, often referred to as Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs). The launch will be announced today at eHI's Third Annual Connecting Communities Learning Forum in Washington, D.C. by Newt Gingrich, founder of the Center for Health Transformation during his keynote address. Video Presentation (windows media player)www.rhiowiki.com/NewtAnnounce.asx

The RHIO Wiki is the only online, real-time clearinghouse of ideas, information and solutions for those working with health information exchanges, said David Merritt, project director at the Center for Health Transformation. This unique, grassroots forum is the result of the powerful collaboration between CHT, CHIME, and eHIwhich is unparalleled in its visibility, credibility, and expertise.
Like the widely-accessed Wikipedia site, the RHIO Wiki allows any user to freely create and edit the content. The RHIO Wiki is dedicated to health information exchange topics, and each of the participating organization is supplying initial content for the site. Users can also read or add content, keep up to date via the site's Current Events page, easily view recent changes to pages, and upload entire files onto the RHIO Wiki. The site can be accessed at www.rhiowiki.com.

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