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It Takes Leadership to Reimagine HIM

Author: Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2019


By Valerie Watzlaf, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA


As leaders in the HIM profession, we must strive to reimagine our future and embrace the change that will accompany it. Looking back over the HIM Reimagined (HIMR) recommendations, I see areas where we have already made progress—and other....

President's Message: Be Heard, Be Fearless

Author: Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2019


By Valerie Watzlaf, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA


As AHIMA transitions into our strategy reset, it is more important than ever to keep our passion for the HIM profession strong, as well as align our passions with what is best for our profession and association. So, how do we find our voi....

Health Information System for Scalable and Comprehensive Assessment of Well-Being: A Multidisciplinary Team Solution

Author: Zhou, Leming; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Abdelhak, Mervat N.; Abernathy, Paul

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: July 2017


Abstract


To improve the health and well-being of the medically underserved in a free clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a multidisciplinary team representing several health information management and information technology (IT) professionals, including faculty, students, research....

New Study Illuminates the Ongoing Road to ICD-10 Productivity and Optimization

Author: Alakrawi, Zahraa M; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Nemchik, Scot; Sheridan, Patty Thierry

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



To quantify the impact of ICD-10-CM/PCS (ICD-10) on coding productivity, Ciox Health, in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Health Information Management, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, conducted a previous study published in the August 2016....

Utilizing Open-Source Government Data Sets in Health Information Management Teaching: An Application in Statistics and Data Analytics

Author: Alakrawi, Zahraa M; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Aborde, Jon; Johnson, Carey; Johnson, Timothy

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: July 2016


Abstract


The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Council for Excellence in Education acknowledges the importance of improving the data analytics skills of health information management (HIM) students at the baccalaureate level. This importance is especially....

Health Information Management Leaders and the Practice of Leadership through the Lens of Bowen Theory

Author: Thierry Sheridan, Patty; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Fox, Leslie Ann

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: April 2016


Abstract


Even though leadership is one of the most examined topics in the organizational literature, its application in the field of health information management (HIM) has not been studied extensively. This descriptive, mixed-methodology study examined HIM leadership through the....

Rainbow (Rapid Access Immunization Now: Better Our World) Record: An Immunization Tool for Nigerian Families

Author: Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Meyers, Sandy; Wang, Erh-Hsuan (Reina); Funmilayo, Kenny

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: May 2015


Abstract


Millions of children die every year across the world as a result of not being immunized. Nigeria has made great improvements in childhood immunizations, but it still lacks the effectiveness and efficiency that an immunization tool may be able to provide. The Bill and Meli....

Personal Genomic Information Management and Personalized Medicine: Challenges, Current Solutions, and Roles of HIM Professionals

Author: Alzu'bi, Amal; Zhou, Leming; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: April 2014


Abstract


In recent years, the term personalized medicine has received more and more attention in the field of healthcare. The increasing use of this term is closely related to the astonishing advancement in DNA sequencing technologies and other high-throughput biotechnologies. A l....

Evaluation of Inpatient Clinical Documentation Readiness for ICD-10-CM

Author: DeAlmeida, Dilhari R; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Anania-Firouzan, Patti; Salguero, Otto; Rubinstein, Elaine; Abdelhak, Mervat N.; Parmanto, Bambang

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: January 2014


Abstract


This research study examined the gaps in documentation that occur when coding in ICD-10-CM. More than 4,000 diagnoses from all chapters were coded from 656 electronic documents obtained from a large integrated healthcare facility at the time the study was conducted (2012)....

Taking The Doctoral Challenge: Educators Push HIM Professionals to Add PhD to Credentials

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.; Valerius, Joanne D; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2013



The push toward graduate education in health information management (HIM) is becoming a reality as more universities and colleges develop or explore launching HIM and informatics graduate curricula. Fundamental to offering these programs is the need for doctorally prepared HIM-credentialed....

Flexible Approaches for Teaching Computational Genomics in a Health Information Management Program

Author: Zhou, Leming; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Abdelhak, Mervat N.

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: July 2013


Abstract


The astonishing improvement of high-throughput biotechnologies in recent years makes it possible to access a huge amount of genomic data. The association between genomic data and genetic disease has already been and will continue to be applied to personalized healthcare.....

Foreward: Health Informatics Research Methods: Principles and Practice

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.; Layman, Elizabeth J.; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: January 2012



Perspectives in Health Information Management has an exclusive excerpt of the book, Health Informatics Research Methods: Principles and Practice by Elizabeth J. Layman, PhD, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA; and Valerie J. Watzlaf, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA. The text focuses on the practical applications of....

Impact of Creating a Pay for Quality Improvement (P4QI) Incentive Program on Healthcare Disparity: Leveraging HIT in Rural Hospitals and Small Physician Offices [Commentary]

Author: Hart-Hester, Susan; Jones, Warren A.; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Fenton, Susan H.; Nielsen, Carol; Madison, Mary; Arthur, Chris; Marbury, David; Rudman, LeeAnn; Patterson, Randi; Reynolds, Rebecca; Rudman, William J.

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: September 2008

Introduction

Reducing health disparities and improving healthcare quality for all Americans has become a national priority. 1–4 Approximately 16 percent (or $4 trillion) of America's gross domestic product is spent on healthcare. 5–7 Despite spending twice as much on healthcare as other i....

Effectiveness of ICD-10-CM in Capturing Public Health Diseases

Author: Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Garvin, Jennifer Hornung; Moeini, Sohrab; Firouzan, Patricia Anania

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: June 2007

This research study examined the usefulness of the ICD-10-CM system in capturing public health diseases (reportable diseases or the nationally notifiable infectious diseases, leading causes of death, and morbidity/mortality related to terrorism), when compared to ICD-9-CM. It also examined agreement levels of coders when coding public health diseases in both ICD-10-CM and ICD-9-CM.

Effective and Efficient Public Health Reporting Using ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS

Author: Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Garvin, Jennifer Hornung; Moeini, Sohrab; Firouzan, Patricia Anania

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 31, 2006

Effective Public Health Reporting Using ICD-10-CM
Valerie JM Watzlaf, PhD, FAHIMA, RHIA, Jennifer Hornung Garvin, PhD, FAHIMA, RHIA, CTR, CCS, CPHQ, Sohrab Moeini, BSIS, and Patti Firouzan, MSIS, RHIA
Impact
Introduction

The emergence of ICD-10-CM brings anticipation about....

Testimony of the American Health Information Management Association to the Standards and Security Subcommittee of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics

Author: Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Stanfill, Mary H

Source: AHIMA testimony and comments

Publication Date: July 26, 2005



July 26, 2005

Opening Comments


Chairmen Blair and Reynolds, members of the Standards and Security Subcommittee, and ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon.  I am Valerie Watzlaf, associate professor within the Department of Health Information Management in the....

Standards for the Content of the Electronic Health Record

Author: Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Zeng, Xiaoming; Jarymowycz, Christine; Firouzan, Patricia Anania

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: January 2004




This research study was funded in part by the AHIMA Foundation for Research and Education. The authors would also like to acknowledge the University of Pittsburgh HIM students that participated in this research project: LaTonya Thompson, Brandi Long, Manisha Ghate, Leanne Borelli, Jul....

Manuscript Characteristics Affecting Reviewers' Decisions for Journals in Health Information Management

Author: Layman, Elizabeth J.; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.

Source: Educational Perspectives (AOE)

Publication Date: May 02, 2003


Abstract: Manuscript reviewers substantially shape a field's development because they influence the knowledge that is disseminated and examined in professional journals. This study investigated characteristics of manuscripts that affect reviewers' decisions regarding acceptance or rejection fo....