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Updating Organizational Policies and Procedures for Information Governance. Case Study #6: Enterprise Information Management at Children’s Health System of Texas

Author: Fahy, Kristi; Hermann, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2017



Editor’s Note: This article is the sixth installment in an ongoing series highlighting information governance case studies.


AHIMA defines information governance (IG) as “an organization-wide framework for managing information throughout its life cycle and for supp....

Quest for Managing Cyberthreats in Healthcare

Author: Carey, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017



So far 2017 is shaping up to be the year of fear in the realm of healthcare cybersecurity. There was a 61 percent increase in healthcare cyberattacks in 2016. This followed two years of steadily increasing cyberthreats in healthcare, including 93 major cyberattacks in 2016 resulting in com....

Standards for Safety, Security, and Interoperability of Medical Devices in an Integrated Health Information Environment

Author: Williams, Patricia A.H

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2017



Information sharing between healthcare organizations increasingly includes the use of electronic health records (EHRs) as well as data from medical devices that have been integrated into existing networks. When exchanging such data, providers should be mindful not only of the interoperabil....

Turning Your HIM Expertise Into a Resource

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2017



In 1941, author Edna Huffman, writing about the management and storage of medical records, introduced readers to “the newest development in storage methods and the method that will conserve the greatest amount of space, known as microphotography.” She described how medical reco....

Becoming a Data Master

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



As an independent contractor and data analytics subject matter expert (SME), Lisa Brooks Taylor, RHIA, spends most of her time working with professional associations and large insurers developing machine-computable algorithms to analyze healthcare data. She works closely with data scientis....

Big Data Requires Information Governance

Author: Meehan, Ann M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



The term “Big Data” is everywhere, but what is it and what do health information management (HIM) professionals need to know about it? Understanding Big Data in healthcare, ensuring its accuracy, and harnessing it for patient care and business decisions are critical to a succes....

Statistically, What’s the Chance of a Breach?

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



According to the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR), from January 2016 to November 2016 approximately 169,013,996 people were affected by 1,737 healthcare breaches. The Ponemon Institute estimates that data breaches could cost the healthcare industry as m....

Keep Out: Unsecured PHI Inside

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017


Crumbling, decaying, and abandoned hospitals aren’t just physically dangerous examples of urban decrepitude—they also could be prime targets for medical identity thieves who know what they’re doing.


Take the case of Chicago, IL’s Edgewater Medical Center, a....

Improved Patient Engagement for LGBT Populations: Addressing Factors Related to Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity for Effective Health Information Management

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017


One of the Healthy People 2020 objectives from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is to improve the health, safety, and well-being of individuals in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population.1 This population faces health disparities with barriers to healt....

Information Asset Inventory for Information Governance - Retired

Author: Downing, Kathy; Fahy, Kristi; Foster, MeShawn; Hermann, Michelle; Meehan, Ann M.; Washington, Lydia; Woebkenberg, Jami

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017


When an organization begins to implement an enterprise information governance (IG) program, one of the major initial tasks is to understand the scope and types of information in its possession. An inventory of an organization’s information is necessary in order to facilitate decision maki....

Getting a Grip on the Importance of Data

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



As I write this column, a new federal administration is taking shape in Washington, DC, and its future impact on healthcare regulation is unclear. In uncertain times, it’s helpful to remember a bright spot: We are beginning to get a grip on the importance of data.


For....

Does Your Forms Committee Need a Facelift? Standardizing Best Practices for HIM-focused Committees—A Case Study in the Physician Practice Setting

Author: Chou, Edgar; Montroy, Tami

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



In most healthcare settings, health information management (HIM) initiatives are led by HIM professionals with collaboration from other organizational leaders. At Drexel University College of Medicine, it is no different. Representatives with expertise in risk management, privacy, complian....

Three Practical IG Projects You Should Implement Today

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



Between 2015 and 2016, information governance (IG) went from being an esoteric concept to a new way of life for some healthcare professionals. In 2015, AHIMA recruited 11 healthcare organizations, including vendors, hospitals, physician practices, and regional health information organizat....

Working with an Electronic Medical Record in Ambulatory Care: A Study of Patient Perceptions of Intrusiveness

Author: Rizer, Milisa K; Sieck, Cynthia J; Lehman, Jennifer S; Hefner, Jennifer L; Huerta, Timothy R; McAlearney, Ann Scheck

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: January 2017


Abstract


Objective: To assess patient perceptions of electronic medical record (EMR) intrusiveness during ambulatory visits to clinics associated with a large academic medical center.


Methods: We conducted a survey of patients seen at any of 98 academic medical cente....

Development of a Web-Based Registry to Support Diabetes Care in Free Medical Clinics

Author: McFadden, Norman; Daniel, Bryan; Hoyt, Robert; Snider, Dallas

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: January 2017


Abstract


The United States has more than 1,000 free medical clinics. Because these clinics do not bill Medicare or Medicaid, they are not eligible for federal reimbursement for electronic health record (EHR) adoption. As a result, most do not have EHRs or electronic disease regist....

Future Research in Health Information Technology: A Review

Author: Hemmat, Morteza; Ayatollahi, Haleh; Maleki, Mohammad Reza ; Saghafi, Fatemeh

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: January 2017


Abstract


Introduction: Currently, information technology is considered an important tool to improve healthcare services. To adopt the right technologies, policy makers should have adequate information about present and future advances. This study aimed to review and compare studie....

Provider’s Condensed Resource for Revenue Cycle, Coding Tools, and More

Author: Clack, Crystal; Freeman, Rae; Lewis, Laquette

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2017


A cyclone of regulatory requirements for providers has officially touched down in the United States. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), patient-centered medical home (PCMH), and value-based purchasing (VBP) initiatives are contributing to dramat....

Investigative Approach: How Clinical Documentation Teams Improve Communication, Documentation Outcomes and Patient Care

Author: Robinson, Steven

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 29, 2016



Clinical documentation programs’ success is a result of the healthcare team keeping a constant vigil on communication while operationalizing outcomes and instilling provider support. Patient care is largely dependent on accurate communication among the healthcare provider team. In a....

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....

Clinical Validation: the Next Level of CDI (December 2016 update)

Author: Denton, Debra Beisel; Endicott, Melanie; Ericson, Cheryl E; Love, Tammy R.; McDonald, Lori; Willis, Daphne

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: December 2016


One of the more challenging tasks for both coding and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) professionals is clinical validation. This is a relatively new responsibility that has evolved as CDI programs mature and CDI and coding professionals advance their knowledge and collaboration on clin....

Managing a Data Dictionary (2016 update) - Retired

Author: Davoudi, Sion; Flanigan, Jill; Houser, Shannon H.; Kadlec, Lesley; Kirby, Annessa; VanSlyke, Daniel; Wendicke, Annemarie

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: December 2016


This update supplants the 2012 practice brief “Managing a Data Dictionary.”


As healthcare organizations move to the electronic environment, the large volume and complexity of data collected is growing at unprecedented rates. While access to data has the potential to en....

Standardizing Interoperability is a Team Effort

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2016



AHIMA and other key stakeholders continue to drive national and global progress to achieve information systems interoperability in healthcare.


Like a complex puzzle, health information data and system interoperability takes time, effort, and collaboration to solve. And solvin....

Information Governance Road Map: Mile Marker 4–Demonstrating the Value of Clinical, Financial, and Administrative Information to IG

Author: Downing, Katherine

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2016



Editor’s Note: This is the eighth and final article in a series that provides a road map for implementing an information governance (IG) program in any organization. Each month a set of concepts is discussed that tie to the IG Road Map Infographic developed by AHIMA. Any organization....

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....

Tying Together CDI, ICD-10, and Healthcare Data Analytics: How CDI Programs and ICD-10 Are Impacting Data Analytics—and The Benefits Healthcare Organizations Are Seeing

Author: Bradley, Paul

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2016



A year in and ICD-10 is almost approaching the point of old news.


Of course—I’m kidding! Nothing could be further from the truth. From a data analytics perspective, the impact of ICD-10 is only beginning to be realized and understood.


For one, this first year....

Losing the Match Game: Study Reveals Gaps in HIM’s Patient Identity Integrity Practices

Author: Dooling, Julie A; Fernandes, Lorraine M.; Kirby, Annessa; Kadlec, Lesley; Landsbach, Grant; Lusk, Katherine; Munns, Megan; Noreen, Neysa; O'Connor, Michele

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2016



In healthcare, matching patients accurately to their medical history across multiple care sites and among various sources of data has become increasingly important as healthcare data is shared across platforms. Additionally, as clinicians need to interact with third parties and provide car....

Historical Data Analysis of Hospital Discharges Related to the Amerithrax Attack in Florida

Author: Burke, Lauralyn K; Brown, C. Perry; Johnson, Tammie M

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: October 2016


Abstract


Interrupted time-series analysis (ITSA) can be used to identify, quantify, and evaluate the magnitude and direction of an event on the basis of time-series data. This study evaluates the impact of the bioterrorist anthrax attacks (“Amerithrax”) on hospital inpatient disch....

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....

Facility Closure: How to Get In, Get Out, and Get What Is Important

Author: Lail, Pamela J; Laird, Sarah S; McCall, Kris; Naretto, Joe; York, April

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: October 2016


Abstract


This article examines the current state of affairs of the health information management role in facility closure as well as the impact on revenue cycle operations. Health information management professionals are uniquely positioned to assist an organization in closure eff....

Exploring Health Information Exchange Implementation Using Qualitative Assessments of Nursing Home Leaders

Author: Alexander, Gregory L.; Popejoy, Lori; Lyons, Vanessa; Shumate, Sue; Mueller, Jessica; Galambos, Colleen; Vogelsmeier, Amy; Rantz, Marilyn; Flesner, Marcia

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: October 2016


Abstract


Objectives: Limited research exists on nursing home information technologies, such as health information exchange (HIE) systems. Capturing the experiences of early HIE adopters provides vital information about how these systems are used. In this study, we conduct a second....

Improving the Collection of Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data to Reduce Healthcare Disparities: A Case Study from an Academic Medical Center

Author: Lee, Wei-Chen; Veeranki, Sreenivas P; Serag, Hani; Eschbach, Karl; Smith, Kenneth D

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: October 2016


Abstract


Well-designed electronic health records (EHRs) must integrate a variety of accurate information to support efforts to improve quality of care, particularly equity-in-care initiatives. This case study provides insight into the challenges those initiatives may face in colle....

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