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Privacy Officer Evolution

Author: Downing, Kathy

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: September 25, 2015



Within my 20 years in the realm of privacy officer, we called work in privacy first “appropriate access,” then “information protection,” and now, thanks to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), have finally settled on the term “priva....

Value of ICD-10 at the Point of Care

Author: Stearns, Michael

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: September 2015



The ICD-10-CM/PCS code set offers substantial clinical value to healthcare which includes new diagnoses and treatments. There has been a fair amount of emphasis on ICD-10’s value in clinical research and population health, but less on its value at the point of care—while a physician is car....

Mastering the Inbox Information Era: Patient-Generated Data and Mobile Health are Changing the Management of Health Information

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2015



When Melissa Ziller’s daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes three months before her third birthday, Ziller grappled with all the usual worries that come with the diagnosis. Chief among them was pricking her toddler’s fingers multiple times per day to test her glucose levels. Shortly....

Evaluating the Information Governance Principles for Healthcare: Retention and Disposition

Author: Datskovsky, Galina; Hedges, Ron; Empel, Sofia; Washington, Lydia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2015



Editor’s Note: This is the final installment in a series of four articles that discuss the eight Information Governance Principles for Healthcare™.


AHIMA’s Information Governance Principles for Healthcare™ (IGPHC) provide a framework for healthcare organizations to enhance....

HIM Best Practices for Engaging Consumers in Their Overall Healthcare

Author: Kadlec, Lesley; Kirby, Annessa; Shaffer, Heidi; Warren, Paula

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2015


As a nation, the United States has been focused heavily on engaging consumers in their overall health and wellness. This has been propelled by federal initiatives such as the “meaningful use” Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, mandated clinical quality measures based....

EHR Lessons from the Zoo

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 28, 2015



For many health IT stakeholders tackling the bugaboo of making electronic health records (EHRs) interoperable, it’s easy to imagine many of them thinking, This would be so simple without HIPAA or reimbursement. When it comes to the “one system, many providers” approach to EHR interoperabil....

Guiding the Development of Health Information Technology Standards for HIM Practices

Author: Bailey-Woods, Linda; Munns, Megan; Orlova, Anna; Rhodes, Harry B.; Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2015



Interoperability of health information systems will enable clinicians to communicate with their patients and each other using information and communication technology to enable safer, effective, and efficient care, and improve population health. Health information technology (HIT) standard....

Owning the EHR and Information Governance at Your Facility

Author: Head, Erin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2015



For many decades, health information management (HIM) departments have been the hub for information collected within healthcare organizations. HIM has frequently been referred to as the “medical records department” due to the perceived idea that the department’s main tasks are receiving a....

Time to Get on Board with IG

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2015



Not a day goes by for HIM and healthcare industry leaders without challenges that result from a lack of trust in the data and information we encounter in our work—or in caring for our loved ones. Years ago, when I was working as the director of quality and resource management at a well kn....

Keys to Help Solve Patient Data Matching

Author: Nelson, Michael L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2015



Accurate patient data matching is a critical patient safety issue. Overlays that comingle the medical information of two or more people may lead to disastrous adverse medical events and duplicate medical records, which may be fragmented and incomplete and can limit the effectiveness of tr....

Visualizing Information Governance

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2015


Information governance (IG)—like so many concepts in health IT and health information management—can be hard to understand, visualize, and articulate. Fortunately, AHIMA has developed an infographic that helps with all three. From defining IG to demonstrating how and why it works, t....

Getting Started with Information Governance. What Are You Waiting For: Taking a Simplified Approach to Information Governance

Author: Goodell, Suzanne; Kadlec, Lesley; Lawler, Karen; Prater, Valerie S

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2015



Are you drowning in data and information? Do you feel as though your organization has lost its logical approach to the management of health information? As we continue to embrace the transformation that healthcare is undergoing, we recognize that electronic health records (EHRs) and other....

Sample Job Description: Chief Data Officer

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Source: AHIMA sample job description

Publication Date: 2015

Chief Data Officer (CDO)


A CDO provides vision and strategy for all data management activities. He or she is a champion for global data management, governance, quality, and vendor relationships across the enterprise. The CDO oversees the enterprise information management (EIM) program,....

Sample Job Description: Data Architect

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Source: AHIMA sample job description

Publication Date: 2015

Data Architect


Job Overview


Enterprise architecture serves a critical role in the understanding, documentation, maintenance, control, and planning. The data architect's role is to serve as a subject matter expert and perform tasks that contribute to the organization's mis....

Sample Job Description: Information Analyst

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Source: AHIMA sample job description

Publication Date: 2015

Information Analyst





Job Description


Put your reporting and analysis skill set to work by cooperating with data services staff, key business stakeholders, and IT staff to support enterprise data management and service efforts.


As the informati....

Sample Job Description: Master Data Analyst

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Source: AHIMA sample job description

Publication Date: 2015

Master Data Analyst





Description


This position will support operations by monitoring and analyzing master data, key data, and master relationship data within the organization.


Ensures master data integrity in key systems as well as maintaini....

ONC Targets Information Blocking

Author: Downing, Kathy; Mason, Jessica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2015



A NEW REPORT to Congress from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), released in April, has put information blocking in the spotlight.1 The ONC report comes out on the heels of a recent article written by five US senators titled, “Where Is HITECH’s $35 Billion Dollar....

Watson vs. Big Data

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2015


It is the matchup of the century—the towering hulk of healthcare’s Big Data versus the super computer known as Watson. Will Watson be able to take on this lumbering, untamed mass of information and whip it into submission?


One year ago, the Journal of AHIMA reported on the IBM su....

Top 10 Lessons Learned from Electronic Medical Record Implementation in a Large Academic Medical Center

Author: Rizer, Milisa K; Kaufman, Beth; Sieck, Cynthia J; Hefner, Jennifer L; McAlearney, Ann Scheck

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: July 2015


Abstract


Electronic medical record (EMR) implementation efforts face many challenges, including individual and organizational barriers and concerns about loss of productivity during the process. These issues may be particularly complex in large and diverse settings with multiple s....

Robotic Telepresence in a Medical Intensive Care Unit—Clinicians’ Perceptions

Author: Becevic, Mirna; Clarke, Martina A; Alnijoumi, Mohammed M; Sohal, Harjyot S; Boren, Suzanne A; Kim, Min S; Mutrux, Rachel

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: July 2015


Abstract


Background: Robotic telepresence has been used for outsourcing of healthcare services for more than a decade; however, its use within an academic medical department is not yet widespread. Intensive care unit (ICU) robots can be used to increase access to off-site supervis....

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