Oregon RHIO halted
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Sept. 17, 2007
Just two months after the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional Health Information Organization near Scranton, Pa., closed its doors before getting off the ground, a similar project in Portland, Ore. has been stalled.
The Health Data Exchange Group, which has been in the works for a year, has been placed on hiatus until further notice, according to published reports. The group was formed by the Oregon Business Council, which consists of 40 of the state's top business executives. The council had put $500,000 toward the project.
Local media reports give varying reasons for the project's hiatus. Among them are the cost, estimated at $3.4 million per year; focus and motivation to move the project forward.
Consultants involved with the project are hopeful it can be resurrected with more funding.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2007/09/17/bibf0917.htm.