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Assemblyman Frank Blee, the health and medical service providers servicing Atlantic County and the Richard Stockton College of NJ have joined together to explore the benefits and means of creating a regional health information organization (RHIO). They have begun to assess the role of health information technology in transforming health care in Atlantic County. Their aim is to establish an cooperative organization and communication facility that will enable the regional constituents involved in the delivery of healthcare to securely and reliably exchanged patient healthcare information. Their purpose is to improve patient health services and care through information sharing, advocacy, collaboration, technical innovations, and community affiliations.

The RHIO under consideration is expected to improve the quality of health care through the sharing of health information. The RHIO will link physician offices, hospitals, clinics, labs, imaging centers, nursing homes, insurance processors, and patients. The RHIO will provide improved health care by, for example, enabling an emergency room physician to obtain the prior medical history for an unresponsive emergency room patient. The RHIO will realize economic efficiencies by, for example, reducing duplicated referrals and medical tests.

This website has been developed to share information about this important endeavor.

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