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Can Data Save a Life?

Author: James, Wendy

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: June 15, 2016



The technological advances that have taken place over the past 25 years have been nothing short of phenomenal. When I reflect on the things I have experienced, not only in my professional career, but the technological advances I have seen over the course of my life  across the board i....

Understanding Publicly Available Healthcare Data (2016) - Retired

Author: Buttner, Patty; Houser, Shannon H.; Flanigan, Jill; Mikaelian, Raymound; Ryznar, Barbara; Smith, Clarice Pittillo

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: June 2016


This update supersedes the September 2013 practice brief, Understanding Publicly Available Healthcare Data, which replaced the January 2010 practice brief with the same title.


Healthcare organizations increasingly collect and utilize data for internal and external reporting on pa....

HIM's Role in Health Data Analysis

Author: Kadlec, Lesley

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2016



In today’s healthcare environment, data abounds. From the time of admission through the patient care episode, discharge, and aftercare, the volume of clinical data in healthcare continues to grow and expand. Regardless of whether the data results from a patient office visit, the lab,....

Unlocking the Benefits of ICD-10 through Data Analytics

Author: Ewing, Crystal

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2016



The reality of the ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation and the fact that it was, by all measures, a success, is the payoff of years of hard work. It’s the product of lessons learned from the implementation of 5010 and the outcome of diligence on the part of healthcare professionals, providers, a....

Semantic Content in EHR Systems

Author: Bhattacharyya, S. B; Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2016



An electronic health record (EHR) can greatly help the timely delivery of efficient healthcare if the information it contains is adequate, accurate, and accessible in a timely manner. An EHR is a longitudinal record of an individual’s health journey made up of electronic documents from va....

Role of Standards in IG

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: May 13, 2016




The use of health information technology (HIT) in the clinical setting brings both opportunities and challenges for health information management (HIM) professionals regarding data capture and exchange; data storage, use and reuse; record ownership and access; e-discovery and e-forens....

Recognizing the Characteristics of Quality Documentation

Author: Combs, Tammy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2016



When we take a bite of our favorite food we can easily determine the quality by relying on what our senses tell us. The look, smell, and taste are all clues to the quality that was put into preparing the meal. If it looks undercooked or has mold on it, smells foul or tastes bitter, we kno....

Why Patient Matching Is a Challenge: Research on Master Patient Index (MPI) Data Discrepancies in Key Identifying Fields

Author: Just, Beth Haenke; Marc, David; Munns, Megan; Sandefer, Ryan

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: April 2016


Abstract


Patient identification matching problems are a major contributor to data integrity issues within electronic health records. These issues impede the improvement of healthcare quality through health information exchange and care coordination, and contribute to deaths result....

Personal Health Records: Beneficial or Burdensome for Patients and Healthcare Providers?

Author: Lester, Melissa; Boateng, Samuel; Studeny, Jana; Coustasse, Alberto

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: April 2016


Abstract


Personal health records (PHRs) have been mandated to be made available to patients to provide increased access to medical care information, encourage participation in healthcare decision making, and enable correction of errors within medical records. The purpose of this s....

Characteristics of Hospitals Associated with Complete and Partial Implementation of Electronic Health Records

Author: Bhounsule, Prajakta; Peterson, Andrew M

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: April 2016


Abstract


Objectives: (1) To determine the proportion of hospitals with and without implementation of electronic health records (EHRs). (2) To examine characteristics of hospitals that report implementation of EHRs partially or completely versus those that report no implementation.....

Developing Methods of Repurposing Electronic Health Record Data for Identification of Older Adults at Risk of Unintentional Falls

Author: Baus, Adam; Zullig, Keith; Long, Dustin; Mullett, Charles; Pollard, Cecil; Taylor, Henry; Coben, Jeffrey

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: April 2016


Abstract


Nationally, nearly 40 percent of community-dwelling adults age 65 and older fall at least once a year, making unintentional falls the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among this age group. Addressing this public health problem in primary care offers promi....

Gamification of Electronic Health Records: A Systematic Literature Review

Author: Gibbs, David; Hewitt, Barbara; McLeod, Alexander

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: April 2016


Abstract


The use of gamification and simulation in medical education is increasing in efforts to accelerate and improve learning outcomes. The purpose of this literature review is to examine game design elements for possible inclusion in an electronic health record (EHR) simulatio....

Information Governance for Offsite Data Security

Author: Saharia, Devendra

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2016



Disruptive technology can turn any industry on its head—virtually overnight. Just five years ago, summoning a taxi was an inefficient, time-consuming effort that often involved dialing up a dispatcher, who contacted a driver, who would then make their way to your location, perhaps in an h....

From 'Confidentiality Police' to 'Privacy Officer'

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2016



Privacy and security has been one of the most interesting aspects of my job. I often tell folks the role of privacy comes very easily to HIM professionals because we were the “Confidentiality Police” long before the title “Privacy Officer” was widely accepted. Prior to HIPAA, HIM professi....

Bringing Physician Practices into the HIM Fold: Guidance on Making a Smooth Transition and Ensuring the MD/Hospital/HIM Relationship Remains Mutually Beneficial

Author: Lee, Christine

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2016



According to the American Medical Association (AMA), physician practices continued a slow but steady transition toward hospital ownership in 2015. In their July 2015 study, the AMA reported a decrease in physician-owned practices alongside a continual increase in physicians working direct....

OCR Clarifies Policy on Medical Record Request Fees

Author: Greene, Adam H

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2016



In 2009, CONGRESS passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which granted individuals a right to have a copy of their records sent to a third party, according to 42 U.S.C. § 17935(e) of the regulation.


Unfortunately, many attorn....

Managing PHI Content Standards

Author: Sawatsky, Elaine; Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2016



Interoperability standards and their continuing adoption by e-health programs expand the capacity of information systems to capture, use, and exchange clinical data. For exchange to occur, the majority of data processing decisions need to take place both computationally and automatically.....

Tips for Preventing and Responding to a Ransomware Attack

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 01, 2016

As predicted, 2016 is proving to be the year of ransomware, with multiple reported incidents making news as we approach April. As they become startlingly more common, it’s important that HIM professionals be aware of how preventable they are, says Tom Walsh, CISSP, founder and managing partner of tw-Security. Just as with other types of data breaches, ransomware attacks are the result of human intervention—that’s also where they end.

Measuring CDI Productivity

Author: Combs, Tammy

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 23, 2016



When calculating the productivity guidelines for a clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program it is important to remember both quantitative and qualitative perspectives. Sometimes it is very easy to focus solely on the quantity of reviews that are performed. If the quality of those r....

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