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You've Got Inappropriate Mail

Author: Planchon, Don

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: July 02, 2000


The use of e-mail and Internet access as a communication and research tool is now of strategic importance to both healthcare providers and consumers worldwide. However, use, or rather misuse, of these communication tools has introduced a host of security and legal threats uncontrolled by trad....

Your Job in the E-health Era

Author: AHIMA E-Health Task Force

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002



Are you ready to work in the e-health era? This excerpt from “Report on the Roles and Functions of E-health Information Management,” a recent white paper by AHIMA’s E-health Task Force, describes the many skills HIM professionals already have that can easily translate to....

Yellow Brick Road to IG

Author: Goodell, Suzanne

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 11, 2016



I am the director of meaningful use for a health system with 6 hospitals, 400-plus employed physicians, and a regional presence in my state. I suspect my healthcare system isn’t the only one using patient registration practices better suited to a bygone era. Recently I stumbled across one....

Year in Review: Highlights from 2014

Author: Sheber, Sarah

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 2014



The Journal of AHIMA’s ongoing web series “HIM Frontlines,” explores pressing obstacles that health information management (HIM) professionals encounter in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Major federal initiativs such as the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program, HITECH-HIPAA,....

Year Ahead in HIM

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2008


The healthcare industry enters 2008 with a score of hot topics related to health information management. Here are the issues to watch, picked by AHIMA’s professional practice and policy staff.
Presidential Election

Don Asmonga, MBA, director of government relatio....

XML Furthers CPR Goals

Author: Pothen, Daniel J.; Parmanto, Bambang

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2000


Many healthcare facilities have instituted Internet-based healthcare computing applications to better manage and communicate health information.1 Realizing the power and potential of the Internet, various health information system vendors are developing Web-based applications. The advent of th....

Working with an Incentive Program for Transcription

Author: Anderson, Jamelia

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: November 02, 1998


After several months of planning, Smith-Glynn-Callaway, a multi-specialty clinic in Springfield, MO, implemented an incentive program for transcription. Since the inception of the program on March 16, great strides have been made. Previously, the medical transcriptionists worked many long hou....

Working with an Electronic Medical Record in Ambulatory Care: A Study of Patient Perceptions of Intrusiveness

Author: Rizer, Milisa K; Sieck, Cynthia J; Lehman, Jennifer S; Hefner, Jennifer L; Huerta, Timothy R; McAlearney, Ann Scheck

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: January 2017


Abstract


Objective: To assess patient perceptions of electronic medical record (EMR) intrusiveness during ambulatory visits to clinics associated with a large academic medical center.


Methods: We conducted a survey of patients seen at any of 98 academic medical cente....

Workforce Training in Electronic Health Record (EHR) Use through Community Colleges in the Delta Region: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi

Author: Plettenberg, Cheryl A; Smith, LaShunda Blanding; Hart-Hester, Susan

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: December 2013


Introduction


Adoption of health information technology (HIT) was one of the major policy priorities of the federal stimulus package contained in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, with more than $19 billion in federal spending allocated for widespread implementati....

Workflow for Breach Notification

Author: Walsh, Tom

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2010


Federal regulations that took effect in September 2009 require HIPAA covered entities and their business associates to notify individuals if their protected health information (PHI) was accessed or disclosed in an unauthorized manner or by unauthorized individuals. Certain exemptions apply, su....

Wireless Computing May Be the Ambulatory Answer

Author: Kuehn, Lynn

Source: Brief Encounter

Publication Date: June 02, 1997


Society has accepted the fact that telephones function very well without wires, freeing us from desktop chains. So, why not accept the fact that computing can happen the same way -- wireless, yet fully connected? PC Tablets

The technology exists today to create wireless local area....

Winning Joint Commission Jeopardy: Tips for Success

Author: Brow, Julie A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




Organization, preparedness, and quality are three familiar words to those managing hospital and clinic health information. At no time is it more important to be organized, prepared, and quality-minded than when surveyors from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organi....

Will the Real John Smith Please Stand Up?

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014



Patient matching and identity management has been a critical component of health information management (HIM) since the beginning of the profession, when master patient indices (MPI) were kept on 3x5 inch index cards. HIM professionals don’t have to be told about the challenges with dupli....

Will IG replace HIM?

Author: Washington, Lydia

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 28, 2015



I hear this question all the time from new as well as veteran HIM professionals. Especially now that the implementation of ICD-10-CM has come and gone (mostly with nothing more than a whimper, I might add, largely due to the exceptional planning and organization skills of great HIM profess....

Why Standards Should Matter to HIM Professionals

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2014



Editor’s note: This article introduces Standards Strategies, a new Journal of AHIMA department that will provide guidance to HIM professionals on applying health data standards in areas including business, clinical care, and compliance.


AHIMA has always been committed t....

Why Patient Matching Is a Challenge: Research on Master Patient Index (MPI) Data Discrepancies in Key Identifying Fields

Author: Just, Beth Haenke; Marc, David; Munns, Megan; Sandefer, Ryan

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: April 2016


Abstract


Patient identification matching problems are a major contributor to data integrity issues within electronic health records. These issues impede the improvement of healthcare quality through health information exchange and care coordination, and contribute to deaths result....

Why Don't We Have Computer-Based Patient Records

Author: Drazen, Erica

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1996


In 1991 the Institute of Medicine produced a report that came to the unequivocal conclusion that to make advances in the quality of care, efficiency of process, and containment of costs, we needed to adopt computer-based patient records. They even subtitled the report "An Essential Technology....

Why an Informatics Degree Matters

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 2015



The HIM Problem


As HIM becomes increasingly data-centric, knowledge of informatics is becoming an essential tool.


Today, it’s hard to identify even one aspect of health information management (HIM) as a profession that isn’t profoundly affected by the use,....

Where to Begin with Cyber Defense

Author: Lewis, Sharon; McDonald, Kevin B

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2015



As data is made more readily available through a growing number of public and private channels, understanding the risks is critical. Patients expect organizations to take the steps required to protect their sensitive and personal information as it is being produced, processed, shared, and....

Where Are They Now? CPR Leaders Assess Their Progress

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000


Five years ago the first recipients of the Davies awards showed us successes of CPR systems across the country. Where are they now? This article catches up with these CPR leaders.
Is your job exactly the same as it was five years ago? For most HIM professionals, the answer....

When the Doctor Calls: Opportunities in Ambulatory Care

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2005


It wasn't too long ago that physicians could hire a file clerk to handle simple filing tasks and doctors themselves decided how patients could view their records. But today doctors' information needs are much more complex.
Just look at how many credentialed HIM professionals are bringing....

When is the PHR the EHR?

Author: Beach, Joan

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 17, 2008

Introduction

Are you ready to tackle the use of the Personal Health Record (PHR) and its integration into the Legal Health Record? Be prepared to find the point of integration and how to use the information provided by the patient. Learn how the “proxy” relationship impacts th....

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