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Tracking How Healthcare Professionals See Health Information

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013


The iPad and its tablet brethren are so 2010, at least according to some tech-obsessed individuals who are now focusing a longing gaze on Google Glass. While the computerized eyewear that can connect to the Internet and remotely access data might leave fashionistas wanting, it has some health e....

ACE Member Offers Personal e-HIM Expertise

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2007

Hoping to help other facilities take e-HIM to heart, Jennifer Laughlin is volunteering her knowledge and expertise through the new AHIMA initiative, the Action Community for e-HIM Excellence (ACE).

Time to Raise Your Standards?

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2006


Are you ready to take your knowledge of standards to the next level?


HIM professionals will soon be working with standards more than ever before. We will…

…actively contribute to EHR product development as purchasers and employers.

… create....

Tips for Record Requests

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2012


If patients have never requested their medical records from their doctor or hospital before, the process can seem complicated. However, a few basic steps can help streamline the process:

Read online or call the facility's HIM department for information specific to your request. This....

E- Discovery Litigation and Regulatory Investigation Response Planning: Crucial Components of Your Organization’s Information and Data Governance Processes

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: November 2013

I. What is E-Discovery?



E-discovery is defined as the pretrial legal process used to describe the method by which parties will obtain and review electronically stored information. The 2006 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) served to place electronically stored information (....

Model Breach Notification Letter: Content and Format

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: August 24, 2009


High-level guidance outlining the content requirements for breach notification letters is provided in section 13402, "Notification in the Case of Breach," of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and state-level data breach notification and reporting laws in 44 states, the District of Colu....

Protecting Patient Information after a Facility Closure. Appendix D: Health Information Management Checklist for Acquisitions and Closures (2011 update)

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief attachment

Publication Date: August 2011


This document is intended to be used as a guide and is not intended to be all-inclusive. It should be adapted to the setting or organization type.

Purpose: To ensure appropriate health information management tasks are processed during the acquisition, closure, or dissolution of an org....

Privacy Rights Never Die: And Sometimes Complications Linger On

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2011


The laws surrounding release of a deceased patient's records can lead to complex and frustrating situations in the HIM department. Just who has access rights depends on federal law, state law, and individual circumstances, illustrated by the two scenarios below.

Last summer the Office....

Sample Policy: Protecting Patient Privacy from Outside Callers

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


Background: It is customary for family members, legal guardians, and friends of patients at [name of hospital] to telephone the hospital, inquire in person about the condition of a patient, or to request other health information. Privacy regulations require that a patient’s identity or oth....

Streamlining the System through e-HIM

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: February 2006


As director of medical information services, Mary Reeves, RHIA, is driving Vanderbilt University Hospital toward a paperless future. How has your organization progressed toward an e-HIM® environment?

Being in an academic center, we've been very aggressive in developing the electronic....

Telling the Patient Health Story

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Today

Publication Date: October 06, 2009


While many forms of valuable clinical data can be entered into an EHR in a structured way, some documents like transcribed physician notes remain trapped within unstructured electronic documents.

These transcribed notes and other narrative documents can be viewed through the EHR, bu....

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