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Speaking of That: Using Speech Recognition in Radiology

Author: Demorsky, Susan

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 31, 2006

Background
For decades the HIM profession has been aware of the evolving technology of speech recognition. Viewed as experimental, its use was limited to cutting edge physicians and medical centers. Its use was driven more from curiosity than practicality. Physicians would convince hospital ad....

Dilemma of Patient Health Record Security

Author: Demster, Barbara

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: January 02, 2002


E-health privacy and security can be confusing and overwhelming issues when one is new to the world of technology and the Internet.
Many perceive the Internet as a clearly defined entity in a universe called cyberspace.We see “e-health” defined as Internet-related healthcare activities,....

Data Ownership Evolves with Technology

Author: Demster, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2012


Technology has transformed the world of health information management (HIM), bringing about change for many of the field’s longstanding professional concepts and work methods. The classic rule of ownership in the words-on-paper era of health records was that “the paper (physical medium) belong....

New Privacy Officer's Game Plan

Author: Dennis, Jill Callahan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




The HIPAA-mandated privacy officer role offers a new opportunity for HIM professionals. What skills are required, and what needs to be done first? This article answers these questions.
As healthcare organizations roll out their plans for HIPAA implementation, many HIM profession....

Clinical Validation: the Next Level of CDI (December 2016 update)

Author: Denton, Debra Beisel; Endicott, Melanie; Ericson, Cheryl E; Love, Tammy R.; McDonald, Lori; Willis, Daphne

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: December 2016


One of the more challenging tasks for both coding and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) professionals is clinical validation. This is a relatively new responsibility that has evolved as CDI programs mature and CDI and coding professionals advance their knowledge and collaboration on clin....

Electronic Health Records in Ambulatory Care: a National Survey of Physicians

Author: DesRoches, Catherine M.; Campbell, Eric G; Rao, Sowmya R; Donelan, Karen; Ferris, Timothy G; Jha, Ashish; Kaushal, Rainu ; Levy, Douglas E; Rosenbaum, Sara; Shields, Alexandra E; Blumenthal, David

Source: External web site

Publication Date: June 18, 2008

Physicians who use EHRs believe such systems improve quality of care and are generally satisfied with them. However, as of early 2008, electronic systems had been adopted by only a small minority of U.S. physicians. (New England Journal of Medicine)

IT Implementation Requires HIM Expertise

Author: Didear, Kay

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1998


Implementing a computer-based patient record (CPR) begins long before the first installment of software is loaded. This process significantly benefits from the skills and expertise health information management professionals bring to the table. But don't assume that your healthcare m....

Exposing Double Identity at Patient Registration

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2009


Keeping the organization’s master patient index clean leads some HIM departments all the way back to patient registration, where they collaborate to prevent errors before care starts. Accurate registration helps keep patient data complete and clean as it moves throughout the organization.

How to Request Your Medical Records

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 2012



If you’ve never requested your medical records from your doctor or hospital before, the process can seem complicated. However, understanding the law and the basic requirements will ease the process.

The Record Request Process


The basic process for requesting a medica....

Clearing the HIPAA Cobwebs: New ONC Chief Privacy Officer Lucia Savage Focuses on Balancing Privacy and Security with Expanding Interoperable EHR Exchange

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2015



The spiders of time have been hard at work on the US healthcare privacy and security rules, to the point that their place in health IT interoperability has become fogged and is inhibiting their proper role in the meaningful exchange of health information, according to Lucia Savage, JD, th....

WARNING Health IT May Be Hazardous to Your Healthcare: New Health IT Hazard Manager Helps Providers and Vendors Track Electronic Health Systems’ Side Effects

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014



Some in the healthcare industry feel electronic health record (EHR) systems are a miracle cure for what ails a US healthcare system plagued with bloated costs, an inability to communicate, and stunted growth in the use of advanced tools. There are still others who equate some of the promis....

Untangling Privacy

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2009


Health IT won’t advance far without resolving the complex issue of privacy protections. Can a complicated situation be teased apart thread by thread?

The debate on privacy has become very public.

Privacy advocates, health IT advocates, providers, HIM professionals, fe....

Charting the Legal Health Record

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2007


Tracking what should or shouldn’t be included in a healthcare organization’s legal health record can be a dizzying process without ample organization. The increasing mix of digital information with traditional paper records makes good organization all the more essential.

HIM pr....

Testing Health Record Banking

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2009


Washington State’s experiment in consumer-controlled health records has moved into a pilot phase, transforming the health record banking model from theory to testing. In March the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) announced the launch of three pilot sites that will try out the....

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....

DOQ-IT Déjà vu

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 2010

Chris Dimick


Aug 01, 2010 07:15 am


The regional extension center program might have some people experiencing déjà vu.

Granted, the REC program is an unprecedented attempt by the federal government to transition American healthcare to electronic health record sy....

Handling Sensitive Information in an NHIN

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2008


The topic of sensitive health data and how to keep it private in the electronic age is one of the most complex issues facing the development of a nationwide, interoperable health information exchange network.

Physicians need accurate medical records to provide adequate care. Yet pati....

Treating Healthcare with Health "I"T

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2012




Patient-Centric Stage 2 Meaningful Use Measures Considered Treatment for Ailing US Health System



The US healthcare system is ill. Higher costs, sicker patients, and struggling providers are the symptoms of the disease that has sent industry stakeholders scrambling t....

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....

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....

EHRs Prove a Difficult Witness in Court

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: September 2010


Sep 24, 2010

The EHR is a valuable clinical tool for streamlining and improving patient care. But it is complicating and confusing the courts.

As the first cases involving electronic health records make their way into legal proceedings, everyone involved is discovering th....

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