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Formative Evaluation Using Checklists to Improve Research Proposals

Author: Emery, Lynnda J.; Harvey, Carolyn; Andersen, Catherine M.

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: February 2006


Abstract


Developing research proposals that protect human participants and understanding the institutional review board (IRB) approval process require high-level application of many skills. The purpose of this article is to describe how faculty can use formative evaluation tech....

Authentication in EHRs

Author: Green-Shook, Sheila; Quinsey, Carol Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2006


Group Health Cooperative (GHC) is an integrated healthcare system with 29 primary care clinics, four specialty centers, two hospitals, 10,000 employees, and 700 physicians. GHC serves 540,000 patients across Washington state and northern Idaho.

In 2003 GHC began implementing an elec....

Language of Health Data Exchange

Author: Bloomrosen, Meryl; Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2006




Rapidly advancing data exchange initiatives have left a trail of acronyms in their wake. Is a SNO a RHIO, and where did LHIIs go?



As thinking on the nature of regional and nationwide data exchange evolves, terms devised from necessity have been left behind just as....

IS Director Views e-HIM as a Journey, Not a Destination

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: April 2006


Ann Ogorzalek, RHIA, advances e-HIM® from the IT side. A former director of HIM, Ogorzalek is now director of telecom and information services at Central DuPage Health (CDH) in Winfield, IL. The hospital and its network of physician practices, home care, and extended care is progressing steadi....

Health IT Moves from Conversation to Action

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2006




The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's 2006 conference featured more than 800 vendors displaying technologies from electronic health records (EHRs) to PDAs. Health IT is a booming industry. Global spending on health IT is projected to exceed $100 billion in 2006,....

CIO Calling: How Much IT Does an IT Project Require?

Author: Stein, Todd

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2006


When IT projects start, CIOs say they turn to HIM for detailed workflow knowledge combined with a high-level understanding of technology.
When Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital decided to go paperless with an electronic record two years ago, CIO Tim Zoph saw that the key to the hos....

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....

Difference Between the EHR Standard and Certification

Author: Mon, Donald T.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2006


This year promises to be another remarkable year for health IT, particularly for electronic health record (EHR) systems. This month, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) will begin certifying ambulatory EHR systems. And by this fall, if everything goes as....

Achieving a Nationwide Health IT Milestone

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2006


Electronic health record (EHR) systems achieve a great milestone this month. The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) will begin judging the first ambulatory EHRs on functionality, security, reliability, and interoperability criteria. As Mark Leavitt and Lisa G....

Patient Identification Debate: The History of the National Patient Identifier and Alternatives for Accurate Patient Authentication

Author: Wheatley, Victoria

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2006


Despite a lack of funding or government mandate, debate and discussion about a national patient identifier (NPI) continues.
The NPI was one of four identifiers included in the original HIPAA objectives as part of a comprehensive plan to achieve uniform standards for the exchange of healt....

Behavioral Health Weighs in on Health IT

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2006


As the national agenda for health IT continues to move forward, the behavioral health industry is working on organizing and establishing priorities for technology and electronic health record (EHR) implementation. Last September the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SA....

Perils of Customization

Author: Rollins, Gina

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2006


Increasingly, providers are resisting the temptation to customize software. Many have learned the hard way that unique modifications lead to unique costs and unique complications.
We all like to think we’re special. But when it comes to implementing software, providers are usually b....

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....

Measuring Performance Improvement, Moving to e-HIM

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: June 2006


As associate director of MIS and trauma registry at the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation, Mary Ann Spott, MBA, MPA, MSIS, RHIA, helped to develop a trauma registry system in Pennsylvania and a statewide outcomes and performance management system for trauma care. Now, as president and CEO....

Perfect Time for Documentation Improvement

Author: Hagland, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2006




When new IT systems come online, the time couldn’t be better to assess and improve clinical documentation.

Electronic health record system implementations offer a perfect opportunity to assess and improve an organization’s clinical documentation. The renewed attention is ne....

Recipe for Information-based Healthcare

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2006


Creating an information-based health system is like following a recipe. First, include essential ingredients, such as accurate and complete clinical documentation organized in architectures that enable access and interoperability. Then add protocols, terminologies, and classification systems to....

Time to Raise Your Standards?

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2006


Are you ready to take your knowledge of standards to the next level?


HIM professionals will soon be working with standards more than ever before. We will…

…actively contribute to EHR product development as purchasers and employers.

… create....

Laying the Groundwork for the EHR

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2006


As clinic coordinator and privacy officer for the University of Kentucky Health Service (Student Health and Employee Health), Lynn M. Crothers, CHPS, RHIT, is helping to lay the groundwork for an electronic health record (EHR) at her organization.


What are some of your ongoing pro....

HIM Impact on EHRs: Newly Released Study Links HIM Professionals and Successful EHR Implementations

Author: Fenton, Susan H.; Amatayakul, Margret; Work, Mitch

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


Facilities with successful EHR systems are more likely to be those where HIM professionals played a role, according to newly released research.
Involving HIM professionals in EHR implementations can improve outcomes, according to a report recently released by AHIMA. The report surveyed h....

Resolution on the Legal Health Record

Author: AHIMA House of Delegates

Source: AHIMA HoD Resolution

Publication Date: October 08, 2006

ubmitted by AHIMA's Electronic Health Record Practice Council
Preamble
Whereas, it is acknowledged that the health care industry is in transition to electronic health records and most health care organizations have health records that are in a hybrid state,

Whereas, for eviden....

LHRs in the Electronic Record Age: What We Know So Far

Author: McLendon, Kelly

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2006


Legal electronic health records are recognized as key to the development of EHRs in general. Although clinicians and EHR system designers tend to ignore the formal record keeping aspects of EHR system development, the legal ramifications get everyone to take notice. People are curious and will....

Speaking of That: Using Speech Recognition in Radiology

Author: Demorsky, Susan

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 31, 2006

Background
For decades the HIM profession has been aware of the evolving technology of speech recognition. Viewed as experimental, its use was limited to cutting edge physicians and medical centers. Its use was driven more from curiosity than practicality. Physicians would convince hospital ad....

NLP and Text Mining: Their Role in the EHR

Author: Jagannathan, V.; Heinze, Daniel T.; Naeymi-Rad, Frank; Flanagan, James R.; Bowie, Jack; Kapit, Andrew; van Terheyden, Nick

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 31, 2006

Introduction

The national spotlight is on the cost and questionable quality of healthcare and the numerous ways electronic health records will improve both. There is, therefore, increasing pressure to make this an industry-wide reality within just a few short years. As good corporate cit....

Renewing Our Commitment to Confidentiality

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2006


With renewed interest in privacy and security, a renewed role for HIM.

Confidentiality has been an HIM domain ever since the profession recognized and accepted Hippocratic responsibilities to keep health information secure. Pre-HIPAA, HIM professionals were responsible for....

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