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How to Break Into Analytics and Informatics

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2016



Shawn Wells, RHIT, CHDA, manager of HIM data integrity at the University of Utah Healthcare, put himself on the health information management (HIM) career trajectory that HIM educators dream of using as an example.


Wells, who was also the first person in the state of Utah....

Reinventing CDI: Organizations Relaunching And Reworking Data Integrity Efforts, And Coding Roles, With Clinical Documentation Improvement Programs

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2014



It’s a particularly busy night in the local hospital’s emergency department, which is running—as usual—slightly short-staffed. The on-call attending physician goes from room to room treating and diagnosing patients with typical emergency department maladies: influenza, fractured ankle, in....

Meaningful Use Opens Up Its Deep End: With Some Providers Still Dipping Toes, CMS has Opened up its Health IT Program's More Challenging Deep End with Stage 2

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013



Sink or swim. These are the two choices participants of the "meaningful use" EHR Incentive Program will soon face now that the federal government has opened up the program's deeper, more complex second stage.


Though physician and hospital involvement in the program has incre....

The Year Ahead

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2015



Human beings have been fascinated by birds—their flight patterns, colors, and songs—for centuries. In the ancient world, “augurs,” Roman practitioners of “augury,” looked for clues about the past and future by observing birds in flight, hoping for omens.....

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....

Bridging the Translation Gap from ICD-9

Author: Butler, Rhonda R.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2008



A recurring theme in the ongoing ICD-10 implementation debate has been the need for a crosswalk between the old and new code sets to help the industry make the transition. The lack of an “official” mapping between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/-PCS has long been seen as a major challe....

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....

HIPAA Breach Enforcement Roundup

Author: Cacciatore, Victoria; Downing, Katherine

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2014



Criminal attacks on healthcare systems have risen 100 percent since 2010, according to a recent Ponemon study.1 This makes it obvious that the privacy and security of patient health information is vulnerable and highly susceptible to data breach. The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule became e....

Making Health Information Exchange Work: HIOs Currently Not Ready to Support the Information Needs of a Reformed Healthcare System—But Small Changes Offer Big Outcomes

Author: Callan, Kathy; Fuller, Jan C.; Galterio, Louis; Just, Beth Haenke; Reich, Kimberly A. Baldwin-Stried ; Steigerwald, Christine; Turner-Combs, Mary Lou; Wolf, Sheldon H; Dooling, Julie A; Kirby, Annessa; Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2014



Editor’s note: This article is part two of a two-part series analyzing the current state of health information exchange organizations and their operational models.


The question facing the healthcare industry is “will health information exchange organizations (HIOs....

Tracking HIE’s Ever Evolving Operational Models: Emerging health information exchange market still sorting out its business and governance models

Author: Callan, Kathy; Fuller, Jan C.; Galterio, Louis; Just, Beth Haenke; Reich, Kimberly A. Baldwin-Stried ; Steigerwald, Christine; Turner-Combs, Mary Lou; Wolf, Sheldon H; Dooling, Julie A; Kirby, Annessa; Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2014



Editor’s note: This article is part one of a two-part series analyzing the current state of health information exchange organizations and their operational models.


Health information exchange (HIE) continues to be an embryonic domain—a swirling array of various pu....

Using the C-CDA Standard to Meet Meaningful Use

Author: Campbell, Robert James

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2014



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2010, 35 million patients were discharged from non-federal short-stay hospitals in America.1 Vitally important not only to those discharges—but to every discharge that takes place—is whether important information about the pa....

Defining Health Informatics

Author: Campbell, Robert James

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2013



[dih-fahy-ning] [helth] [in-fer-mat-iks]


adjective, noun, noun


1. An educator’s in-depth look at what informatics is and what it can do for HIM professionals



In the movie Annie Hall, Woody Allen finds himself in a movie theater line in....

Step Inside the Physician's Head: EHRs Can Enhance a Physician’s Cognitive Processing and Eliminate Diagnostic Errors, With Some HIM-led Changes

Author: Campbell, Robert James

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013



Imagine having a friend who can identify the name of a song after hearing one or two notes, or an acquaintance who can identify a film from a single "still" frame taken from the movie. If this sounds familiar, maybe it's because of the way it reminds you of how a physician thinks about the....

Quest for Managing Cyberthreats in Healthcare

Author: Carey, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017



So far 2017 is shaping up to be the year of fear in the realm of healthcare cybersecurity. There was a 61 percent increase in healthcare cyberattacks in 2016. This followed two years of steadily increasing cyberthreats in healthcare, including 93 major cyberattacks in 2016 resulting in com....

Transcription Beyond Transcription: Health IT allows transcriptionists to assist with CDI, other HIM functions

Author: Carnrite, Michael; Sumner, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2012


For decades Medical transcription has been an important fixture of the health information management (HIM) department. Compiling, managing, and retaining transcribed documents as a subset of the entire patient medical record is a foundational role for HIM professionals. And while the electron....

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