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Updating Organizational Policies and Procedures for Information Governance. Case Study #6: Enterprise Information Management at Children’s Health System of Texas

Author: Fahy, Kristi; Hermann, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2017

Editor’s Note: This article is the sixth installment in an ongoing series highlighting information governance case studies.

AHIMA defines information governance (IG) as “an organization-wide framework for managing information throughout its life cycle and for supp....

Request/Recommendation for New Health Informatics Practitioner Standard Occupational Classification (SOC)

Author: Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Health IT Policy Committee, Certification and Adoption Workgroup

Source: Government (U.S.)

Publication Date: July 21, 2014

This proposal was developed as a collaborative effort by groups employing, representing, and/or educating the workforce in the health informatics occupation. It was initiated by the FACA Health IT Policy Committee, Certification and Adoption Workgroup, Workforce Sub-group.

HIM Impact on EHRs: Newly Released Study Links HIM Professionals and Successful EHR Implementations

Author: Fenton, Susan H.; Amatayakul, Margret; Work, Mitch

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006

Facilities with successful EHR systems are more likely to be those where HIM professionals played a role, according to newly released research.
Involving HIM professionals in EHR implementations can improve outcomes, according to a report recently released by AHIMA. The report surveyed h....

Projected Impact of the ICD-10-CM/PCS Conversion on Longitudinal Data and the Joint Commission Core Measures

Author: Fenton, Susan H.; Benigni, Mary Sue

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: July 2014


The transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM/PCS is expected to result in longitudinal data discontinuities, as occurred with cause-of-death in 1999. The General Equivalence Maps (GEMs), while useful for suggesting potential maps do not provide guidance regarding the frequen....

Health Information Technology Employer Needs Survey: An Assessment Instrument for Workforce Planning

Author: Fenton, Susan H.; Joost, Elizabeth; Gongora, Jimena; Patterson, Davis G; Andrilla, C. Holly A; Skillman, Susan M

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: December 2013


The widespread implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) has resulted in an increased need for a well-trained health information technology (HIT) workforce. The Texas HIT Workforce Development Project was initiated with an assessment of HIT employer needs as one....

Pilot Debrief: Lessons Learned Assisting Physician Practices Adopt Health IT

Author: Fergusson, Kevin; Archer, Nancy; Donnelly, Sharon; Okerson, Barbara; Parker, Charles; Weir, John

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2007

The pilot behind today’s nationwide DOQ-IT project offers early lessons on both the characteristics and assistance that help physician offices succeed with health IT.
Physician adoption of health IT has become a major policy priority in the United States. But despite the drive to g....

Patient Identification in Three Acts

Author: Fernandes, Lorraine M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2008

As the curtain slowly rises on interoperable data exchange, the industry is still auditioning for the role of patient identification.

Throughout the past ten years, healthcare has been setting the stage for IT interoperability. With patient identification in a leading role, the scri....

Data Linkage: Ready or Not, It's Here [part 1]

Author: Fernandes, Lorraine M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2005

In early 2004 Connecting for Health, a public-private collaborative funded by the Markle and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations, engaged a cross-section of experts in security, technology, privacy, consulting, and medical informatics to define how healthcare information could be shared more effec....

Data Linkage: Ready of Not, It's Here [part 2]

Author: Fernandes, Lorraine M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2005

As stewards of the data housed within our organizations, HIM professionals must be cognizant of ongoing work to facilitate sharing of data across networks. Such activities will gather momentum in the coming years as electronic health records become common practice. HIM professionals must endea....

Many Roads to Data Exchange

Author: Fernandes, Lorraine M.; O'Connor, Michele

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2010

Federal dollars are spurring efforts for health information exchange, but to say there is more than one approach is an understatement. Providers and payers are taking local, state, regional, and federal routes in search of connected healthcare.

The last year has seen tremendous excit....

Achieving Consent and Maintaining Data Quality in an Era of Health Information Exchange at the Bronx RHIO

Author: Fernandes, Lorraine M.; Shatzkin, Nance L

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 05, 2009

In the summer of 2005, interest in data sharing was growing around the country and some working health information exchange (HIE) models were in place, but none on the east coast. In the Bronx, the increase of capitated payment models and risk-based agreements between large  healthcare pr....

Aligning HIE: Model to Organize Networks on Core Principles, Collaborative Activities

Author: Finn, Zach; McNeill, Marjorie H; Cooper, Lontejuana S; Kaelin, Lawrence Dan; Byington, Allen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2010

An HIE model developed in Florida leverages local and regional networks and offers a flexible, scalable framework that aligns them with national health IT and exchange priorities.

By Zach Finn; Marjorie H. McNeill, PhD, RHIA, CCS; Lontejuana S. Cooper, MSHA, RHIA, CPM; L....

Prescribing a Clean Bill of Health for Data

Author: Fletcher, Donna M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1999

Ensuring data quality is not really glamorous, but it is critical," Jane Griffin, vice president of business solutions for Prism Solutions in Atlanta, GA, maintains. "And nowhere is it more critical than in the healthcare environment."

A data warehouse can b....

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