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Governance Apples and Oranges: Differences Exist Between Information Governance, Data Governance, and IT Governance

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013

Though sometimes used interchangeably, data governance and information governance are two distinct terms with very different meanings. And information technology (IT) governance is something completely different as well. With AHIMA pushing its members and the healthcare industry to embrace information governance as a major tent pole of HIM work, it is important for HIM professionals to understand the difference and interrelation of these governance terms and just what an individual can do to help foster governance initiatives that aim to improve health records and patient care....

Legal Considerations in Joining an HIE

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2011


The legal issues healthcare organizations must consider when joining a health information exchange (HIE) go far beyond the standard HIPAA-related concerns.

HIEs are rapidly gaining prominence in healthcare, bolstered by federal initiatives like the meaningful use program, which requ....

Slow to the Information Governance Starting Line: First-of-its-kind Survey Tracks Healthcare’s IG efforts, Shows Most Organizations are Behind

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2014



Majority of Healthcare Organizations Lack Vital Information Governance Strategy


AHIMA has fired the starting pistol heralding in the urgent race to implement information governance (IG) practices within the healthcare industry. While some organizations were quick off the bloc....

Privacy Policies for Social Media

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: January 2010



Jan 06, 2010 05:23 pm

The social media site Facebook had become more than just a way for staff at Innovis Health to catch up with friends.

In November 2008, nurses at the Fargo, ND–based healthcare system began using Facebook to provide unauthorized shift change update....

Sorting out Advance Directives

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2011


Important differences exist in advance directives. Only some grant access to another person's medical records, and that can change with time.

After 50 years of marriage, Rosa Taylor-Payne noticed even the slightest change in her husband, Marvell Payne. So she started to worry when he....

Taking Medical Records to the Bank

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2008


Banking health data like a financial transaction is the simplest solution to healthcare’s networking challenges says William Yasnoff, founder of the Health Record Banking Alliance.

There are a lot of plans for regional and, eventually, nationwide health information exchange, b....

Reviewing the New HIPAA Rules

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: AHIMA regulation analysis | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2013



At 138 fine-print pages, the final rule detailing the HITECH Act’s modifications to HIPAA privacy and security requirements is not a quick or easy read. But it is an important read since the content of the Federal Register post drastically impacts HIM professionals and their business....

Meaningful Use: Notes from the Journey

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2011



After debate, speculation, and anxiety throughout the industry, the first physicians and hospitals have embarked on stage 1 of the meaningful use program. So far… so good.

The first physicians and hospitals have embarked on stage 1 of the meaningful use journey; it has been nin....

The New Privacy Officer

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2012



It has been a decade since the first privacy officers took their jobs in response to the HIPAA privacy rule. A slew of changes since then have added more responsibility, required more skills, and demanded more time of them than anyone could have imagined.

When Nancy Davis, R....

Tips for Trainers

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2007


The time had come in the physicians’ meeting to discuss HIM issues, and Wilson was in charge of bringing the room up to speed.

Wilson, then the coding quality manager at Charleston, SC-based Roper St. Francis Healthcare, was new to public speaking and training. For a moment,....

CMS’s 2009 Security Assessment Process

Author: Dinh, Angela K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2009


In 2008 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conducted 10 HIPAA security assessments in covered entities (CEs) nationwide. CMS’s stated purpose was not to identify flaws but to gain a true understanding of industry compliance with the HIPAA security rule.

CMS co....

Correcting Dates of Service in the EHR

Author: Dinh, Angela K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2010


Data errors are inevitable, and they happen every day. Various types of errors can occur in electronic health records (EHRs), including errors in dates of service (DOS). DOS errors happen for a number of reasons, such as a user choosing the wrong encounter or entering the wrong date.

Securing Portable Devices

Author: Dinh, Angela K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2009


Reports of data breaches involving portable devices last year ran the gamut from oversight to theft: a college of medicine professor gave away a personal computer containing protected health information, including photos of his patients, to friends; a flash drive containing Social Security num....

Dealing with Paper Post–Document Imaging

Author: Dinh, Angela K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2009


The electronic health record (EHR) has been a work in progress for decades. According to a 2007 American Hospital Association information technology survey, 68 percent of hospitals have a partially or fully implemented EHR.1

Today’s health information environment is made up of....

Cloud Computing 101

Author: Dinh, Angela K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2011


In the past several years cloud computing has gained substantial recognition. However, it is still a relatively new concept for those in the healthcare industry.

Before adopting cloud-based services or applications, organizations need to understand how cloud computing works, the typ....

Common (and Uncommon) Ground

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1999


On a trip to Dublin this spring, I met with several officers of the Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland. During this visit, we talked about health information management, finding common ground on topics like:
Year 2000 compliance
the need for clinical vocabulary....

New, Informed Public

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1999


The healthcare consumer is emerging as a strong force in today's healthcare industry. On a national level, current efforts for new and improved patients' rights legislation in the wake of complaints about access and rising costs, is placing the patient in a position of strength unlike....

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