In HHN Most Wired last week, an article by Greg Smith appeared -- RHIOs Offer Foothold to the Future. Greg explores what the future holds for health care executives, especially those leading rural providers. The reason I recommend this article is that Greg is a professor with a background and passion for bringing technology to rural communities to improve the quality of life.
Greg and the Board at Rural Telecon have recognized the opportunities that health information technology and RHIOs offer to rural communities and explored this topic at their 2006 conference. I expect to see much more from them in the future and believe anyone involved in a RHIO effort that includes a rural community should contact the people at Rural Telecon to discuss the potential of a shared vision and partnerships.