The Northern Virginia Regional Health Information Organization was included in a September Virginia Business magazine article "Do the Right Thing: Health-care providers, insurers launch efforts to improve treatment and cut
costs." JP Auffret, NoVaRHIO vice chairman was quoted...
,,,the Northern Virginia Regional Health Information Organization (NoVaRHIO), which
started about four years ago, recently launched its first medication-history
service in the Inova Alexandria Hospital emergency department. J.P. Auffret,
vice chair of the RHIO, says the initial plan was simply to have a pilot program,
but “instead of building just an isolated pilot, GE Healthcare built a
foundation for a full-fledged health information organization (HIO)” When patients enter the hospital’s emergency
department, they are asked to sign consent forms permitting access to their
comprehensive medication list. This information helps ER doctors identify and
treat problems, since patients may forget or be unable to list their
medications. The HIO plans to expand to other hospitals, add more services and
eventually include lab and radiology results.