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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....

Electronic Prescribing: Improving the Efficiency and Accuracy of Prescribing in the Ambulatory Care Setting

Author: Porterfield, Amber; Engelbert, Kate; Coustasse, Alberto

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: April 2014


Abstract


Electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) is an important part of the nation’s push to enhance the safety and quality of the prescribing process. E-prescribing allows providers in the ambulatory care setting to send prescriptions electronically to the pharmacy and can....

Evaluation of an Interactive Surveillance System for Monitoring Acute Bacterial Infections in Nigeria

Author: Joshi, Ashish; Amadi, Chioma; Trout, Kate; Obaro, Stephen

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: April 2014


Abstract


Objective: The objective of the study is to evaluate the usability of a stand-alone, Internet-enabled interactive surveillance system designed to monitor the burden of invasive bacterial infections among children in Nigeria.


Method: A convenience sample of 1....

Appropriate Use of the Copy and Paste Functionality in EHRs

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA position statement

Publication Date: March 2014

Use of the copy and paste functionality in EHRs can result in redundant, erroneous, and/or incomprehensible health record documentation. Misuse of this functionality has the potential to result in or contribute to several overarching challenges, with implications for the quality and safety of patient care, medico-legal integrity of the health record, and fraud and abuse allegations.

WARNING Health IT May Be Hazardous to Your Healthcare: New Health IT Hazard Manager Helps Providers and Vendors Track Electronic Health Systems’ Side Effects

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014



Some in the healthcare industry feel electronic health record (EHR) systems are a miracle cure for what ails a US healthcare system plagued with bloated costs, an inability to communicate, and stunted growth in the use of advanced tools. There are still others who equate some of the promis....

Privacy and Security Audits of Electronic Health Information (2014 update)

Author: Walsh, Tom; Miaoulis, William M

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014

In a perfect world, access controls alone would ensure the privacy and security of electronic protected health information (ePHI). However, the complexities of today’s healthcare environment make it extremely challenging to limit access to the minimum information necessary that members of the workforce require in order to perform their jobs.

HITECH Frequently Asked Privacy, Security Questions: Part 3

Author: Rose, Angela Dinh; Greene, Adam H

Source: Journal of AHIMA | AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: March 2014

This article concludes a three-part series discussing the most commonly asked questions regarding compliance requirements surrounding the final HITECH Omnibus Rule, released in January 2013. It highlights the updated requirements and provides answers to questions regarding decedent protected health information (PHI), the release of immunization records to schools, and the enhanced request for restrictions requirements.

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.

Optimizing Data Representation Through the Use of SNOMED CT

Author: Bronnert, June; Daube, Julie L; Jopp, Gretchen; Peterson, Kathleen; Rihanek, Theresa; Scichilone, Rita A; Tucker, Vanna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014

Electronic health records (EHR) have changed the landscape for data representation. For many years health information management (HIM) professionals have relied on classifications for data representation and the support of clinical documentation. SNOMED CT is a data standard frequently used in electronic systems and has been included in the requirements for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program. SNOMED CT is maintained and distributed by the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO). SNOMED CT is recognized throughout the world, and the terminology is available at no cost. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) serves as the US release center and the IHTSDO member country representative.

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....

Learning More About Terminology Asset Management Trends, Principles, and Definitions

Author: Abrams, Kelly; Giannangelo, Kathy; Schneider, Sue; Scichilone, Rita A

Source: Journal of AHIMA | AHIMA web extra

Publication Date: February 2014



Terminology asset management (TAM) in healthcare and research settings is an emerging role for HIM professionals, but requires certain skills and knowledge to move into these new TAM positions. This appendix is linked to the article “New Name of the HIM Game” published in the F....

How to Prepare the Record for an E-Discovery Request

Author: Kearney, David

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2014



At a minimum healthcare organizations should identify the components of their legal health record. The legal health record is a consistent declaration of what patient care information is maintained within an organization and what information would be released during a legal or investigato....

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....

Information Security—An Overview (2014 update)

Author: Miaoulis, William M

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: January 2014

This practice brief provides an overview of information security, including some of the background and basic concepts involved in securing the privacy of health information. Included are key roles and responsibilities as well as a list of specific policies and procedures that should be considered when developing an organizational security program. References, a checklist, and assistance in developing policies and procedure are also provided to assist readers in the actual development of a security program.

Keeping Your "I" on Information Governance

Author: Kadlec, Lesley

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014



Information governance is gaining increased momentum in healthcare. Health information management (HIM) professionals have the necessary skills in all aspects of information management to become experts in the facilitation, planning, and execution of information governance initiatives with....

Setting the Standard: EHR Quality Reporting Rises in Prominence Due to Meaningful Use

Author: Dolin, Robert H; Goodrich, Kate; Kallem, Crystal; Alschuler, Liora; Holtz, Patrice

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014



Federal quality reporting initiatives are expected to improve our ability to measure the quality of care provided to patients. As Scottish mathematician and physicist Lord Kelvin said more than 100 years ago, “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.” Measurement, in tu....

Will the Real John Smith Please Stand Up?

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014



Patient matching and identity management has been a critical component of health information management (HIM) since the beginning of the profession, when master patient indices (MPI) were kept on 3x5 inch index cards. HIM professionals don’t have to be told about the challenges with dupli....

Linking Quality of Care to Clinical Data Integrity

Author: Roat, Lisa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014



Healthcare data is being touted as a means to improve population health management. It is also feeding public competitive market reporting for providers and facilities. The integrity of the clinical data being reported is essential to supporting and improving the quality of care to patien....

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....

Workforce Training in Electronic Health Record (EHR) Use through Community Colleges in the Delta Region: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi

Author: Plettenberg, Cheryl A; Smith, LaShunda Blanding; Hart-Hester, Susan

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: December 2013


Introduction


Adoption of health information technology (HIT) was one of the major policy priorities of the federal stimulus package contained in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, with more than $19 billion in federal spending allocated for widespread implementati....

Health Information Technology Employer Needs Survey: An Assessment Instrument for Workforce Planning

Author: Fenton, Susan H.; Joost, Elizabeth; Gongora, Jimena; Patterson, Davis G; Andrilla, C. Holly A; Skillman, Susan M

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: December 2013


Abstract


The widespread implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) has resulted in an increased need for a well-trained health information technology (HIT) workforce. The Texas HIT Workforce Development Project was initiated with an assessment of HIT employer needs as one....

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....

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