CORHIO is a nonprofit, public-private partnership that is improving health care quality for all Coloradans through cost effective and secure implementation of health information exchange (HIE).

CORHIO works closely with and among communities across Colorado to develop and implement secure systems and processes for sharing clinical information. CORHIO collaborates with all health care stakeholders including physicians, hospitals, clinics, behavioral health, public health, long-term care, laboratories, imaging centers, health plans and patients.

Our Mission

To facilitate health information exchange to improve care for all Coloradans.

Our Vision

Shared health information for all individuals in every Colorado community promoting the right care at the right time and place.


  • Health information exchange deployed in every community by 2015
  • 85% of all primary care providers and safety-net providers are meaningful users of electronic health records (EHRs) by 2015
  • 85% of all providers statewide are meaningful users of EHRs by 2015

CORHIO's Health Information Exchange (HIE)

CORHIO Saves Time
With faster access to information, physicians and qualified medical caregivers will have patient information compiled from across systems when they need it. This means less time searching, calling and faxing for information and less need for duplicate tests.

CORHIO Improves Care
With accurate and standardized transmission of information, physicians will get results and reports in a consistent format. This means less chance for error and fewer delays in treatment.

CORHIO Reduces Cost
With automated and streamlined information exchange, there is less chance for mistakes and a more efficient use of resources. This reduces expenses for unnecessary medications, tests and hospitalizations and increases efficiency in IT spending.

CORHIO Enhances Privacy
With secure information, there's controlled access to patient health information and less paper. This means more privacy for patients.

CORHIO's Governing Principles and Policies

The board of directors approved CORHIO's governing principles (PDF) in July 2011. For specific questions regarding CORHIO policies or governing principles please contact us.

CORHIO's Funding

CORHIO is the recipient of two grants focused on building capacity for statewide health information exchange and launching HIE by community. Grant funding includes a substantial grant from The Colorado Health Foundation and a $10.894 million American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) HITECH grant award. These grant funds will alleviate a portion of the one-time set-up cost of launching HIE in communities and provide for linking CORHIO to Quality Health Network (QHN), a fully functioning regional HIE on the Western Slope. CORHIO's long-term sustainability is dependent upon a fee-based subscription model.

The Colorado Regional Extension Center is funded through an ARRA grant.

Colorado's HIE Strategic Plan

The strategic plan offers information on the numerous health care quality efforts occurring in Colorado, the state of health information exchange and health information technology in the state, as well as efforts to successfully support further implementation across Colorado. The plan was developed in concert with leaders from across the health care spectrum.  CORHIO submitted Colorado's HIE Strategic Plan on October 16, 2009 as part of the submission for accessing federal HIE funds from the ARRA HITECH Act.  Click here for access to the plan (PDF).


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