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Journal Q&A (4/01)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: April 02, 2001

Q: What are the documentation requirements for the content of a discharge summary?

A: According to Documentation Requirements for the Acute Care Patient Record, the discharge summary is a recapitulation of events describing the patient's illness, investigation, treatment, response, and con....

Value of a Healthcare Community Network

Author: May, Roger; MacCornack, Rick

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 21, 2005

Introduction

Community connectivity, interoperability, and disease management are increasingly becoming hot topics at regional, state, and national level. There is a lot of talk in the government and the industry regarding the need to connect all healthcare stakeholders, including patient....

Self-Care Communication during Medical Encounters: Implications for Future Electronic Medical Records

Author: Arar, Nedal H.; Wang, Chen-Pin; Pugh, Jacqueline A.

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: April 2006


Abstract


Objective: The growing importance of electronic medical records (EMRs) to healthcare systems is evident, yet the debate concerning their impact on patient-provider communication during encounters remains unresolved. For this study, we hypothesize that providers’ us....

Breaking Down Privacy and Security Barriers to HIE

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2007


As noted in the article “Confusion Continues over HIPAA Minimum Necessary Standards,” (J AHIMA, Nov-Dec 2007) the state-level research under the HISPC project identified a number of privacy and security barriers to health information exchange (HIE). Several reports came from this p....

PHRs—The Hook to Engage and Inform Consumers?

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2008


The Internet, cell phones, and other technologies have forever changed how we communicate and gain access to information. We manage and track our finances and medical and other benefits online. Some are even fortunate enough to be able to communicate with their physicians through secure e-mail....

Building a Statewide Health Information Exchange in Maine

Author: Culver, Devore

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011

Background

The federal HITECH Act sought to improve health care delivery and patient care through an investment of over $40 billion in health information technology. Combined, the various HITECH programs are intended to build the foundation for every American to benefit from an electronic....

Understanding Patient Access and Amendments

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011


The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA, 45 CFR, section 164.524 and 164.526) and subsequent privacy rule revisions under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act changed how covered entities approach a patient’s right to ac....

HIM Best Practices for Managing Patient Portals

Author: Dixon, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2012



The healthcare industry is on the cusp of changing the way providers communicate with their patients. Technology holds great promise in empowering patients to manage their health.


Patient portals are one way organizations can engage patients in their healthcare. They enable....

Tips for Record Requests

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2012


If patients have never requested their medical records from their doctor or hospital before, the process can seem complicated. However, a few basic steps can help streamline the process:

Read online or call the facility's HIM department for information specific to your request. This....

Managing Health Information in Mobile Devices

Author: Washington, Lydia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2012


While the jury is still out on whether mobile devices will eventually replace laptops and PCs, many observers are predicting that their use will continue to explode in the next few years. There are currently at least 10,000 health-related apps that could be downloaded to a mobile electronic de....

Treating Healthcare with Health "I"T

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2012




Patient-Centric Stage 2 Meaningful Use Measures Considered Treatment for Ailing US Health System



The US healthcare system is ill. Higher costs, sicker patients, and struggling providers are the symptoms of the disease that has sent industry stakeholders scrambling t....

Patient Engagement Important, but Definitions Vary

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2012




Healthcare stakeholders agree that patient engagement is a necessary part of transforming the US healthcare system. But what they don’t agree on is just how patient engagement should be defined, according to the National eHealth Collaborative’s 2012 NeHC Stakeholder Survey. The onli....

Let’s Place Patients Front and Center

Author: Frawley, Kathleen A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2013



As HIM professionals, one of our key responsibilities is to provide patients with access to their health information. A poll conducted by Wolters Kluwer Health in November 2012 focused on the consumerization of healthcare. The poll asked whether consumers really want more control of their....

Declassifying Doctors' Notes

Author: Crawford, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2013



"Open Notes" Project Gives Patients Simple, Affordable, and Resoundingly Effective Access to Clinician Notes



Exactly who owns a patient's health record-answer, the patient-was once an unknown to many patients and non-HIM staff in healthcare. While HIM professionals have....

Partnering with Patients to Drive Shared Decisions, Better Value, and Care Improvement - Workshop Proceedings

Author: Institute of Medicine. Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care

Source: External web site | Institute of Medicine | National Academies Press

Publication Date: August 2013

This publication details discussions among patients and experts in areas such as decision science, evidence generation, communication strategies, and health economics to consider the central roles patients can play to bring about progress in all facets of the U.S. health care system.

Meaningful Use of Patient-Generated Data in EHRs

Author: Van Doornik, William

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013



There is growing interest within the healthcare payer community to promote patient engagement through various means, including the integration of patient-generated data into clinical care documentation and quality measures. This is evident in the suggestions for stage 3 "meaningful use" EH....

RAC Reform Awaits Government Action

Author: AHIMA Advocacy and Policy Team

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013



Although the First session of the 113th Congress is coming to a close, plenty of work remains for the members of Congress to accomplish in the coming year. AHIMA has worked closely with federal legislators to raise awareness on key initiatives that affect health information management (HIM....

Mobile Health is Here Today, not Tomorrow

Author:

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014


In a now-famous, if not profound interview with Conan O’Brien, comedian Louis C.K. decried the widespread adoption of cell phones and smartphones. Louis C.K. argued that they help people avoid feelings of sadness and isolation by offering countless distractions, depriving people of “the ability....

Seniors Want Their Health IT

Author:

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2014


Still think that senior citizens don’t know the difference between a computer mouse and the ones that like hiding out in floorboards? Think again.


According to a survey conducted by Accenture, more seniors than ever are picking up a mouse in their quest for online health informa....

Enabling Consumer and Patient Engagement with Health Information - Retired

Author: Washington, Lydia

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2014

The purpose of this Practice Brief is to understand the relationship between health information management and consumer/patient engagement, and examine how HIM professionals can advance and support engagement. Its focus is on policies and practices that enable the individual’s access to and use of health information.

Health IT Standards Committee Takes On Patient-Generated Health Data

Author: AHIMA Advocacy and Policy Team

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014

Efforts from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) in the area of patient-generated health data began in 2011. With mobile health on the rise and the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program progressing throughout the US healthcare system, these efforts continue to grow in importance to the future of healthcare and health information.

Interactive Web-based Portals to Improve Patient Navigation and Connect Patients with Primary Care and Specialty Services in Underserved Communities

Author: Highfield, Linda; Ottenweller, Cecelia; Pfanz, Andre; Hanks, Jeanne

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: April 2014

This article presents a case study in the redesign, development, and implementation of a web-based healthcare clinic search tool for virtual patient navigation in underserved populations in Texas. It describes the workflow, assessment of system requirements, and design and implementation of two online portals: Project Safety Net and the Breast Health Portal.

Pledge Your Allegiance

Author:

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2014


Patient empowerment is only one button click away for thousands of Americans thanks to the growing Blue Button Initiative, a collection of data-sharing applications that connects patients to their records instantly.


The Blue Button Initiative, which healthcare providers and othe....

Download Two Apps and Text Me in the Morning: Physicians are Increasingly Prescribing mHealth Apps, but Privacy and Security Worries Remain

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2014



While physicians are increasingly likely to pull out their prescription pad and say, in all earnestness, “There’s a new app for that,” recent research suggests the decision to do so is fraught. A survey of 1,500 physicians found that while 37 percent have prescribed an app, 42 percent ref....

Overcoming the Challenges of Pediatric EHRs

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: May 2014




In this web series, HIM professionals working in emerging roles give advice on tackling difficult HIM problems. This month features the first in a two-part series discussing the unique challenges HIM professionals face in deploying EHRs customized to serve pediatric providers.

Docs Firing Off PHI-Filled Texts Despite Lax Security

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2014


Text messaging is no longer the domain of disengaged teenagers—it is being increasingly used by the doctors who treat them.


A new survey about text messaging habits among pediatric hospitalists suggests physicians need guidance from health information management (HIM) professiona....

Patient Engagement: In it for the Long Haul

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: September 01, 2014





Marc Perlman, global vice president, healthcare and life sciences at Oracle, recalls being “blown away” by the Patient Engagement Framework. The framework was developed after the National eHealth Collaborative merged with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems....

Accessing and Using Data from Wearable Fitness Devices

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2014



A rapidly aging global population in many industrialized countries accompanied by an increase in chronic diseases and the high cost of managing such diseases has led many to turn to a technological solution to ease the burden on healthcare professionals and provide useful tools to the elde....

Fast As You Can: US Lagging Behind in Broadband Internet Access

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2014


At a time when technology has been able to facilitate advancement in so many other areas, the United States is coming up surprisingly short when it comes to meeting its citizens’ Internet speed needs.


According to a new report from Akamai, the US has seen improvement in broadban....

Personal Health Information is 'Saving Grace'

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2014



As a health informatics and information management professional and a parent of two adopted children, my desire for complete and accurate medical information rocks the top of my “Mom to-do list.” My children, Zach and Grace, are siblings, adopted at the ages of two and four. State laws va....

Examination of Office Visit Patient Preferences for the After-Visit Summary (AVS)

Author: Neuberger, Marolee; Dontje, Katherine; Holzman, Greg; Corser, Bill; Keskimaki, Abigail; Chant, Ericka

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: October 2014


Abstract


The federal government advocates the practice of routinely providing an after-visit summary (AVS) to patients after each office-based visit as an element of stage 1 meaningful use. A significant potential benefit of the AVS is improved patient engagement achieved by enabl....

Law Changes Patient Access to Clinical Lab Reports

Author: McLendon, Kelly

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2014



The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continues to look for avenues to allow greater patient access to their own health information so that they may be more active in their healthcare management. HHS recently created final rules that remove the Clinical Laboratory Improveme....

Diffusion and Use of Tethered Personal Health Records in Primary Care

Author: Vydra, Taylor Pressler ; Cuaresma, Edward; Kretovics, Matthew; Bose-Brill, Seuli

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: April 2015


Abstract


Background: Personal health records (PHRs) enable patients to access their healthcare information in a secure environment, increasing patient engagement in medical care. PHRs can be tethered to a patient’s electronic health record (EHR). Tethered PHRs, also known as....

Accessibility of mHealth Self-Care Apps for Individuals with Spina Bifida

Author: Yu, Daihua X; Parmanto, Bambang; Dicianno, Brad E; Pramana, Gede

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: April 2015


Abstract


As the smartphone becomes ubiquitous, mobile health is becoming a viable technology to empower individuals to engage in preventive self-care. An innovative mobile health system called iMHere (Internet Mobile Health and Rehabilitation) has been developed at the Universit....

Implementation and Management of Patient Portals

Author: Baldwin, Kevin; Burton, Benjamin W; Cothran, Carey L.; DeMasters, Dana; Grady, Reginald; Halpert, Aviva M.; Hofman, Judi; Kadlec, Lesley; O'Dell, Rosann M; Pearson, Sandra; Deanna, Peterson; Rode, Dan; Rose, Angela Dinh; Schmidt, Peg

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2015


The advancement of technology has changed the practice of medicine. It has evolved the physician-patient relationship from solely a face-to-face interaction into real-time online encounters, from e-mails to virtual appointments. Patient portals represent such a technological advancement, leadi....

Mastering the Inbox Information Era: Patient-Generated Data and Mobile Health are Changing the Management of Health Information

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2015



When Melissa Ziller’s daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes three months before her third birthday, Ziller grappled with all the usual worries that come with the diagnosis. Chief among them was pricking her toddler’s fingers multiple times per day to test her glucose levels. Shortly....

Patient Engagement Roles Emerging in Healthcare

Author: Millen, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2015



The discharge nurse asked Anna, a 70-year-old female recovering from a cholecystectomy, “Do you have any questions? Are the discharge instructions clear?” and added “You need to follow up with your doctor in two weeks and call them if you begin to feel worse.” Anna was overwhelmed by all....

Partnering with Patients in Their Healthcare

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2015



Sometimes the way to measure how far you’ve come is to look back at where you’ve been. With all the discussion of consumer engagement in healthcare these days, I like to look back at one of AHIMA’s earliest ideas about how HIM’s role might evolve with regard to work....

HIM Best Practices for Engaging Consumers in Their Overall Healthcare

Author: Kadlec, Lesley; Kirby, Annessa; Shaffer, Heidi; Warren, Paula

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2015


As a nation, the United States has been focused heavily on engaging consumers in their overall health and wellness. This has been propelled by federal initiatives such as the “meaningful use” Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, mandated clinical quality measures based....

How to Make Healthcare More Consumer-Centric

Author: Tremlett, Janie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: September 2015



The conversation in healthcare is shifting from “patient engagement” to “consumerism.” This changing lingo indicates a new mental model—a new approach to thinking about patients as consumers and to delivering a healthcare experience as consumer-centric, just like many other industries. Dra....

Consumer Opinions of Health Information Exchange, e-Prescribing, and Personal Health Records

Author: Cochran, Gary L; Lander, Lina; Morien, Marsha; Lomelin, Daniel E; Brittin, Jeri; Reker, Celeste; Klepser, Donald G

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: 2015


Abstract


Background—Consumer satisfaction is a crucial component of health information technology (HIT) utilization, as high satisfaction is expected to increase HIT utilization among providers and to allow consumers to become full participants in their own healthcare management.<....

Educating Consumers on Their Privacy, Security Rights

Author: Glondys, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2016



AHIMA has continually recognized the importance of consumer engagement in healthcare through education and advocacy. Through its partnership with other patient advocacy organizations and investments in its own consumer-focused initiatives, AHIMA has demonstrated its commitment to helping c....

Consumer Engagement Toolkit

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA toolkit

Publication Date: 2016

This toolkit provides a wide variety of resources and tools for HIM and other healthcare professionals who are developing procedures to support the goals of a consumer engagement initiative.

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