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Legal EHR Roundtable: Views and Needs Differ by Stakeholder

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2008


Raising awareness and working effectively on an organization’s legal EHR depends in part on understanding differing stakeholder perspectives.
Many people throughout an organization have a stake in ensuring that its electronic health record can serve as its legal business record. Depending....

Defining the Legal EHR: Simple or Complex?

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2008


Just how complicated is defining the legal electronic record for disclosure? There’s nothing new to the need for a legally sound record of care. HIM professionals have helped meet that requirement with paper-based records for years. But just how new and complex is it to define the content....

Healthcare's Future Transformation

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2008


Kolodner: National Health IT Agenda Is about Improving Care

Robert Kolodner, MD, has the future of healthcare in his sights. It’s a future in which healthcare delivery is transformed—and health information management is a key part of the process.

Kolodner, who heads th....

Damage of Medical Identity Theft

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2008


HIM Professionals “Single Most Important Group” in Finding Solutions

Medical identity theft can wreck the lives of its victims and cost healthcare organizations money and time. But HIM professionals can help mitigate this growing problem, according to Pam Dixon, executive director of....

Year Ahead in HIM

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2008


The healthcare industry enters 2008 with a score of hot topics related to health information management. Here are the issues to watch, picked by AHIMA’s professional practice and policy staff.
Presidential Election

Don Asmonga, MBA, director of government relatio....

Checking the Radar as the New Year Begins

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2008


As health information managers, our radar screens are as full as those of air traffic controllers at O’Hare Airport. In the cover story that follows, AHIMA’s talented staff select 12 hot topics to watch in 2008, from regulations and standards to emerging e-HIM practices.
From th....

Statement on Quality Healthcare Data and Information

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA position statement

Publication Date: December 14, 2007


Reviewed and Approved December 2007
AHIMA’s Position

Healthcare data and its transformation into meaningful information should be a central concern for consumers, healthcare providers, the healthcare industry, and the government. Standards, technologies, education, and research a....

Calculating the Costs of E-Discovery

Author: Dunn, Rose T

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2007



The new electronic discovery rule requires organizations to calculate the costs associated with disclosing information that may not be readily accessible or, in the language of the rule, “reasonably accessible.” Determining those costs requires a thorough inventory of data stor....

Health Data's Second Life

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2007




The use of health data for secondary purposes has been increasing, and federal agencies and industry organizations are exploring the need for more guidance.
Data in a health record don’t rest when care is complete and a bill is drawn up. Once treatment and reimbursement ar....

Privacy in the Spotlight

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2007


Varying privacy practices that pose barriers to health information exchange are putting HIM concerns in the national spotlight.
The 35-year-old Minnesota woman’s winter vacation in the neighboring state of Wisconsin was going great, until her ski snapped and the accident happened. B....

Renewing HIM's Commitment to Privacy and Security

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2007


If the thousands of pages of analysis from the RTI reports on privacy and security practices could be boiled down to just one phrase it would be “we’ve only just begun.” As reported in articles throughout this issue, the RTI research confirms that privacy and security regulat....

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....

Avoiding the Post-Implementation Blues

Author: McCoy, Michael J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2007


Hospitals and clinics are sometimes too quick to say they’ve got their IT launch covered. Here are tips for avoiding famous last words and unpleasant surprises.
Organizations spend a tremendous amount of time identifying the consultants, vendors, and healthcare IT solutions that best....

How Trauma Registries Affect Process Improvement

Author: McWilliams, Nathan

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 10, 2007

Background

Thanks to the efforts of organizations such as the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American Trauma Society (ATS), and the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), the national awareness of trauma as a leading cause of death and as a public health issue has grow....

Legal Health Record Update

Author: McLendon, Kelly

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 10, 2007



Legal Health Records (LHR) continue to be major concern and topic of discussion among not only HIM professionals but all stripes of EHR players. “ What is the legal record” is a question that  I hear regularly, which among other things tells us that there is a growing awar....

From Free Text to Continuity of Care Record: Resolving the Semantic Interoperability Dilemma with Natural Language Understanding Tools

Author: Casella dos Santos, Mariana; Doyle, Karen; Flanagan, James R.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 10, 2007

Abstract

The continuity of care document (CCD) is an enabling technology that assures interoperability among RHIOS, IDNs, physician practices, and consultants down the street. The ASTM continuity of care record (CCR) answers the need for a transportable set of basic patient information ab....

Making Data Healthy

Author: Bell, Brenda

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 10, 2007

Brenda Bell, RHIA
Director, Medical Record Departments
Emory University Hospital
Center for Rehabilitation Medicine
Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital
Introduction

The need for speed in identification and correction of patient identity errors has become critical wi....

Redesigning the HIM Department for an EHR

Author: Catlin, Cathy

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 10, 2007


If you are fortunate, you will have the opportunity to design a new HIM department or redesign your current department to accommodate the changes that an EHR will impose upon you and your staff. I intend this document to explain the design process and the steps that an HIM d irector should tak....

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