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New Standards Focus on Information Security

Author: Hanken, Mary Alice

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1998


The federal legislation for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the need in healthcare for security of confidential data have come together to heighten the interest in security standards for electronic health information systems. Th....

Common (and Uncommon) Ground

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1999


On a trip to Dublin this spring, I met with several officers of the Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland. During this visit, we talked about health information management, finding common ground on topics like:
Year 2000 compliance
the need for clinical vocabulary....

Vision of Health Information Management in 2010

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1999


Two-thirds of today's health information managers will be in the prime of their careers 10 years from now. But what will the world of work look like? One way to gain an understanding of the future is to create scenarios. Scenarios are literally stories about the future th....

Health Informatics Standards: A User's Guide

Author: Brandt, Mary D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


From code sets to data sets to developing organizations, how much do you really know about technical standards? This article provides a handy reference guide.

The vision is clear: a longitudinal, or lifetime, health record for each person that is computer-based, secure, readily ac....

Knowledge Management: Finding the Golden Nuggets

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001


We live in the so-called Information Age, but we should actually refer to it as the Data Age. As a nation, we are data rich and information poor.

The dilemma of holding large amounts of valuable data but little useful information is not unique to healthcare. The inability....

Informatics in Managed Care: HIM Adds Value to Data

Author: Stratton, Scott D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2001

The third installment of the Journal of AHIMA’s special series on managed care focuses on informatics-methods that add value to data, turning it into useful information. How do informatics and managed care fit together, and what is HIM’s role in this picture?

The HIM professional’s knowl....

Statewide Data Systems: Entering a New Era

Author: Love, Denise

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001




Statewide data systems are the mainstay of many state and federal data systems and of many quality assessment, research, and policy initiatives. The author gives an overview of the different kinds of systems available and looks at opportunities for growth in the future, as well as for....

Florida Cancer Data System Turns Data Into Information

Author: Zernich, Gordon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001


The enactment of the Cancer Registries Amendment Act in 1992 and the passage of similar state laws require healthcare facilities and state and national registries to gather information on certain diseases from patient medical records. The information is also used to identify geographic "ho....

Journal Q&A (1/05)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: January 02, 2005

Q: What is medical informatics, and is there a connection between it and health information management?
A: Medical informatics is “the collection, classification, storage, retrieval and dissemination of recorded knowledge.”1 It features an “emphasis on technology as an integr....

Dial T for Training: Work Force and the EHR

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: June 2006


What’s that sound? It could be your cell phone ringing…but it’s really a reminder to update your technology skills. Here’s the connection: Your cell phone may have the latest bells and whistles, but do you know how to use them? Likewise, are you a proficient user of the....

ACE Member Went from Surgeon to HIT Expert

Author:

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2009

Today, Pawan Goyal is the chief medical officer of the government healthcare division at EDS, an HP Company, based in Plano, TX. His division works with entities like the Department of Veterans Affairs implementing and managing HIT systems. One of the first Action Community for e-HIM Excellence (ACE) members, Goyal feels his new career helps him impact a wider patient base than he ever could as a surgeon—through designing and implementing patient-centered health information technology.

Role of Data Analysis in Revenue Cycle Improvement

Author: White, Susan E

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: September 27, 2010

Introduction

Data analysis techniques are becoming increasingly important for HIM professionals. The application of relatively simple and straightforward data analytics can identify significant opportunities for improvement in the revenue cycle. Traditional chart audits can be enhanced b....

Utah’s All Payer Claims Database

Author: Cofrin, Kelly

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011

Introduction

As part of its decades-long effort to collect, analyze, and report on healthcare quality and cost, Utah has funded and created one of the country’s leading All Payer Claims databases. This data resource brings an unprecedented ability to examine costs for episodes of ca....

Defining Health Informatics

Author: Campbell, Robert James

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2013



[dih-fahy-ning] [helth] [in-fer-mat-iks]


adjective, noun, noun


1. An educator’s in-depth look at what informatics is and what it can do for HIM professionals



In the movie Annie Hall, Woody Allen finds himself in a movie theater line in....

Show Me the Data

Author: Taylor, Lisa Brooks

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013



With the establishment of the National Quality Forum's National Quality Strategy, which sets the direction for achieving better, affordable care and healthier people and communities, providers, payers, and patients are seeing a shift in payment methodologies from volume-based to value-base....

Competencies for Global Health Informatics Education: Leveraging the US Experience

Author: Cortelyou-Ward, Kendall; Kahlon, Summerpal; Noblin, Alice

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: December 2013


Abstract


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has encouraged unprecedented expansion of the health information technology (HIT) industry and offers strong employment opportunities for those that qualify. However, academic institutions have been slow to address the changing n....

Perceived Knowledge of Health Informatics Competencies by Health Information Management Professionals

Author: Palkie, Brooke

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: December 2013


Abstract


The 2009 enactment of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act has placed unprecedented emphasis on utilizing technology to improve the quality of care and to decrease healthcare costs. To meet these goals, the healthcare field will....

Giving Raw Data a Chance to Talk: A Demonstration of Exploratory Visual Analytics with a Pediatric Research Database Using Microsoft Live Labs Pivot to Promote Cohort Discovery, Research, and Quality Assessment

Author: Viangteeravat, Teeradache; Rao Nagisetty, Naga Satya V

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: January 2014


Abstract


Secondary use of large and open data sets provides researchers with an opportunity to address high-impact questions that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive and time consuming to study. Despite the availability of data, generating hypotheses from huge data sets i....

Seeing Informatics in Action

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2014



Last year, as AHIMA developed our strategic plan, we began to use the phrase “transforming data into health intelligence.” It’s a familiar concept, but what does it really mean? One way to understand this idea is by looking at one of AHIMA’s strategic pillars—....

Making Data Smart: Practical Informatics is Helping Transform Data into Health Intelligence, and Now Moving into Day-to-day HIM Work

Author: Crawford, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2014



Health informatics is often considered to be an advanced level of health information management (HIM). It’s also in high demand—in addition to handling, storing, and retrieving health data more HIM professionals are getting involved in the decision-making process regarding what types of i....

Weaving Together a Healthcare Improvement Tapestry: Learning Health System Brings Together Health IT Data Stakeholders to Share Knowledge and Improve Health

Author: Rubin, Joshua C; Friedman, Charles P

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2014



As the “Vision” section of AHIMA’s website states, AHIMA aims to “lead the advancement and ethical use of quality health information to promote health and wellness worldwide.” In many ways, the Learning Health System’s (LHS) overarching vision represents....

Request/Recommendation for New Health Informatics Practitioner Standard Occupational Classification (SOC)

Author: Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Health IT Policy Committee, Certification and Adoption Workgroup

Source: Government (U.S.)

Publication Date: July 21, 2014

This proposal was developed as a collaborative effort by groups employing, representing, and/or educating the workforce in the health informatics occupation. It was initiated by the FACA Health IT Policy Committee, Certification and Adoption Workgroup, Workforce Sub-group.

Practical Implications of Informatics

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 2014





For decades, most consumers relied on one physician for all of their healthcare needs—their primary care physician—and that one physician knew the patient’s entire health history and documented it in one place. This paradigm is starting to change, says Anupam Goel, MD, MBA, an in....

Informatics Harnesses Healthcare’s Wild, Rich Data

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2014



Healthcare has become a data-rich field, and any data rich environment requires the ability to analyze large, complex data sets. The field of informatics provides tools to integrate data, information, knowledge, and wisdom when processing data. Good informatics includes many functions, and....

Why an Informatics Degree Matters

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 2015



The HIM Problem


As HIM becomes increasingly data-centric, knowledge of informatics is becoming an essential tool.


Today, it’s hard to identify even one aspect of health information management (HIM) as a profession that isn’t profoundly affected by the use,....

Evolving Practice of Health Informatics

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2015



WHEN I DECIDED to pursue my graduate education in health information management (HIM) and informatics seven years ago, adoption rates for advanced electronic health record (EHR) systems were evolving, data was siloed, and interoperability was far from reality. Organizations were up to the....

Watson vs. Big Data

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2015


It is the matchup of the century—the towering hulk of healthcare’s Big Data versus the super computer known as Watson. Will Watson be able to take on this lumbering, untamed mass of information and whip it into submission?


One year ago, the Journal of AHIMA reported on the IBM su....

Robotic Telepresence in a Medical Intensive Care Unit—Clinicians’ Perceptions

Author: Becevic, Mirna; Clarke, Martina A; Alnijoumi, Mohammed M; Sohal, Harjyot S; Boren, Suzanne A; Kim, Min S; Mutrux, Rachel

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: July 2015


Abstract


Background: Robotic telepresence has been used for outsourcing of healthcare services for more than a decade; however, its use within an academic medical department is not yet widespread. Intensive care unit (ICU) robots can be used to increase access to off-site supervis....

Making Health Data Elegant

Author: Moschel, Matthew

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2015



Too often, data analysts make life difficult for themselves. An analyst may produce code that is much longer and more complicated than it needs to be, causing a coworker to re-run code for several hours, not including the execute time. Why? These challenges stem from three root sources of....

Digital Family History Data Mining with Neural Networks: A Pilot Study

Author: Hoyt, Robert; Linnville, Steven; Thaler, Stephen; Moore, Jeffrey

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: January 2016


Abstract


Following the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009, electronic health records were widely adopted by eligible physicians and hospitals in the United States. Stage 2 meaningful use menu objectives include a digi....

Healthcare Database Management for Health Informatics and Information Management Students: Challenges and Instruction Strategies—Part 1

Author: Hylock, Ray; Harris, Susie T.

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: January 2016


Abstract


Enactment of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 forever altered the data management landscape in healthcare. The volume, breadth, depth, and pace at which health i....

Let's Talk About Informatics and HIM

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2016



On April 19, 2017, the industry will learn the winner of the HeroX CHIME National Patient ID Challenge, aiming to ensure that every patient is identified correctly every time. As a judge of this competition, I’ve found it fascinating to participate in the process.


I ha....

How to Break Into Analytics and Informatics

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2016



Shawn Wells, RHIT, CHDA, manager of HIM data integrity at the University of Utah Healthcare, put himself on the health information management (HIM) career trajectory that HIM educators dream of using as an example.


Wells, who was also the first person in the state of Utah....

Applying Predictive Analytics: The Role of Artificial Neural Networks in Predicting Alzheimer’s Disease

Author: Monga, Kapila

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 22, 2016



The phrase “Longevity Revolution,” referring to the increase in human life expectancy by 30 years, isn’t new anymore. Various books have been written on this subject, and it is a widely discussed topic in conferences these days. It is a no-brainer that this increase in life expectancy warr....