Hospitals have a great opportunity to grant WSHA access to their near real-time visit data through a Department of Health (DOH) program called RHINO. There is no cost or reporting necessary. Hospitals are already reporting their data to the DOH.
WSHA will use the data to advocate for and support members with safety and quality improvement efforts and surveillance events (COVID-19, flu, etc.). WSHA has access to the data at the aggregate level and each hospital can grant WSHA access to their hospital’s record-level data.
WSHA will hold a webinar on June 16, 2020 at 10 a.m. to provide an overview and answer any questions. Register for the webinar using the link below:
Registration URL: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/1702138965104599810
Training ID: 279-856-028
What is RHINO?
The Rapid Health Information NetwOrk (RHINO) is a DOH program which collects near real-time, population-based healthcare visit data from hospitals and clinics across the state. All of Washington State’s emergency departments are required to participate in syndromic surveillance reporting and 97 percent also report inpatient data. Many hospitals voluntarily report outpatient, specialty, urgent care and primary care data. Oregon, Alaska and other states collect the same information using the same tool. View the RHINO Landing Page for more information.
What are the benefits to participating?
Enhance the patient safety and quality work that WSHA does on behalf of its members
- Access to near real-time data
- Faster insight to evaluate process improvement initiatives
- Access to the medical record including chief complaint, admit reason, triage notes, temperature, demographics etc.
- Continuum of care from primary care, ED, IP and OP
- Strengthen information gathered from other sources
- Notification of emergent events such as COVID-19, flu, measles, hepatitis, overdose, behavioral health, vaping, severe weather, wildfire, acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), food poisoning etc. to support hospital resource allocation and situational awareness
- Historical as well as emergent data on safety and quality initiatives such as, sepsis, readmissions, substance use, etc.
- Comparative insights at the facility, regional and state level
How will WSHA access RHINO data?
WSHA-authorized users will access RHINO data through web browser interface hosted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The platform allows WSHA to build custom queries and dashboards. WSHA is in compliance with the Department of Health’s requirements to access information.