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Using Document Imaging to Strengthen Revenue Cycle

Author: Clark, Jill S

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2009


For many organizations, document imaging is the first step toward implementing a fully electronic health record. Document imaging allows staff members across an organization to access electronic documents simultaneously. Three practitioners share their experiences on how this accessibility can....

Driving Compliance through Data Governance

Author: Nunn, Sandra L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2009


Healthcare organizations increasingly struggle to manage huge volumes of e-mail, hundreds of thousands of documents on shared drives, and hundreds of source and feeder systems that pour data and records into EHR systems, data warehouses, and decision support systems. This has given new panache....

Street Smart: Understanding the Context of Emergency Medical Services Communication and Documentation

Author: Teslow, Mary; Harris, Susie T.; Wilfong, Denise

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2009


HIM professionals can expand their understanding of the healthcare continuum by becoming more familiar with hospital emergency care and documentation.

Emergency medical services (EMS) has evolved into an integral part of the healthcare system. The field is working to integrate itself....

Health IT Certification Developments: CCHIT’s Current Work and How to Get Involved

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L; Hall, Terri; Sweet, Helayne; Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2009


For the last five years the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) has been working to promote the adoption of health IT by certifying electronic health record (EHR) products against common, baseline criteria.

The private, nonprofit certification body....

Untangling Privacy

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2009


Health IT won’t advance far without resolving the complex issue of privacy protections. Can a complicated situation be teased apart thread by thread?

The debate on privacy has become very public.

Privacy advocates, health IT advocates, providers, HIM professionals, fe....

Maximizing e-Prescribing Success

Author: Washington, Lydia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2009


With fewer barriers and increased provider incentives, e-prescribing is currently poised to take off. More than just a means for doctors to transmit prescriptions to pharmacies, e-prescription systems can provide prescribers with a patient’s medication history, drug plan information, low....

Authenticating EHR Metadata

Author: McLean, Thomas R

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2009


Any medical malpractice action involving electronic records is likely to raise issues concerning metadata. Metadata are tantamount to an audit trail of how an electronic record was used and modified.

However, before this audit trail can be used in court, it must be authenticated. Whi....

Leading on the Legal EHR

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2009


Carol F. Smith, MBA, RHIA, is enthusiastic about the year ahead. As director of health information management for the University of Texas Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, Smith supervises 110 full-time employees and works on projects ranging from revenue cycle, data quality, medical reco....

Auditing Copy and Paste

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2009




For organizations that allow carrying forward clinical documentation, auditing its use is a key part of ensuring document integrity.




Copying clinical documentation can be a time-saver for busy clinicians. It also can pose a risk to document integrity. For org....

Releasing Information of Deceased Patients

Author: Herrin, Barry S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2009


Developed when modern law concepts were first formed, the mortmain, or “dead hand,” rule prevented the church from exercising undue influence over a soon-to-be-dead penitent to obtain a gift of an individual’s lands in remission of his or her sins. These statutes evolved over....

Securing Portable Devices

Author: Dinh, Angela K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2009


Reports of data breaches involving portable devices last year ran the gamut from oversight to theft: a college of medicine professor gave away a personal computer containing protected health information, including photos of his patients, to friends; a flash drive containing Social Security num....

Universal Adapters: Terminology Standards Enable Meaningful Data Exchange

Author: Cook, Jane; Foley, Margaret M.; Giannangelo, Kathy; Paterno, Marilyn D.; Scichilone, Rita A; Schwarz, Kathleen M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2009


Standardized clinical terminologies are critical connectors that allow systems to exchange health information.

In the winter of 1904 a major fire broke out in Baltimore, MD. The resulting damage—an entire swath of the downtown destroyed—was blamed largely on a lack of uni....

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