Does Santa Barbara RHIO shutdown affect California HIE efforts?

The Santa Barbara Co. Care Data Exchange (SBCCDE) was the oldest regional health information organization (RHIO) in the country until it ended its efforts last week. Depending upon whom you talk to, the shutdown is either major news or a mere blip on the health information exchange (HIE) radar screen.
Karen Hunt, director of communications for CalRHIO, sees no impact from SBCCDE’s closure. “CalRHIO and local and regional efforts have been moving forward during all the time that Santa Barbara was stalled and finally closed,” she said. “California healthcare organizations and payers in the state recognize the importance and benefits of HIE.”
She pointed out that Governor Schwarzenegger issued an executive order supporting healthcare information technology and HIEs earlier this week.
Furthermore, CalRHIO announced a few days later that it had selected its technology partners to connect communities and the entire state with a suite of affordable, secure, privacy-protected services.
“CalRHIO’s primary goal is to deliver critical health information services reliably and affordably to clinicians, patients, state, county and federal health agencies, and local exchange efforts throughout California,” Hunt said. “We went through a rigorous RFP and selection process to identify a solution that offers a strong, proven and scalable technology platform that will eliminate limitations on how individual healthcare organizations and local communities design and implement the health information exchange services they need.”
{The author doesn’t explain the cause of the demise of the nation’s oldest regional health information organization (RHIO) in Santa Barbara, but cryptically notes that privacy issues “plagued” the organization. It would be nice to know what part privacy or the lack of privacy (patient control of access to personal health information) played in its demise, to be able to tell if a tragedy or a triumph occurred. ~ Dr. Deborah Peel, Patient Privacy Rights}

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