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In New Role, Years of Experience

Author: Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2005


Scan Michelle Wieczorek’s credentials—RN, RHIT, CPHQ, CPUR—and consider how she came to work at the center of the external and internal Web sites of a major health system.

The biggest reason doesn’t have to do with knowing how information becomes pixels on a s....

Practice Toolkit: Public Health

Author: Quinsey, Carol Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2005


HIM professionals working in public health have the opportunity to make a difference in the health of neighbors, friends, and family members living in their communities. Public health includes both the care delivered to individuals and care delivered to populations of patients such as diabetic....

Making the Clerical Transition to e-HIM

Author: Lambton, Karanne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2005


As we move forward with the developing electronic health record (EHR), the emphasis on changing work processes, increasing productivity, and eliminating many paper-driven tasks may leave clerical staff fearful of an uncertain future. Helping clerical staff understand how their current skills a....

HIM Role in Bringing e-HIM to Small Practices

Author: Hanson, Susan P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2005


In order for the nation’s health IT strategy to succeed, small physician practices must adopt electronic health records (EHRs). The transition of the paper-based small physician practice to the digital world will require a fundamental understanding of the practice and the deployment and....

On the e-HIM Forefront with the Army

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: April 2005


Susan M. Pierce wanted to work with an electronic health record. She found her chance at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) in Washington, DC. As the center's regional medical records consultant, ensuring data quality through the transition from a paper to an electronic record is the c....

Italian HIM Professional Shares Her Love of Education, Coding

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: April 2005


The job titles for Letizia Sangiorgio, CCA, PhD, convey that she is a very busy HIM professional. Sangiorgio is a medical records coder, auditor, and a clinical research associate. The first of these titles comes from her work at the U.S. Naval Hospital of Sigonella, and the second from her pos....

Seeing the Vision: Medical Records Director Champions e-HIM

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: March 2005


As the director of the medical records department and chief privacy officer for Evanston Northwestern Healthcare in Evanston, IL, Teresa Bunsen, RHIA, is on the cutting edge of electronic medical records. In fact, Hospitals & Health Networks recognized Evanston Northwestern Healthcare in 2004 a....

Backbone of the Security Rule

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2005


For Gail Kraft, RHIA, CHPS, a patient’s medical information is sacred. “For me, and I believe this is true for other health information professionals, we’ve always been passionate about protecting the privacy of our patients and their medical information,” she says. As....

Leading the E-HIM Charge

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: February 2005


Susan M. Heiser, RHIA, knows a thing or two about electronic health records (EHRs). A requirement for her position as director of health information management at Akron General Medical Center was to implement an EHR system. For Heiser, who is fascinated by computers, the job offer was "just lik....

PHR Effect

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2005



As part of the Markle and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations Connecting for Health collaborative, a working group on policies for electronic information sharing between doctors and patients was formed. The working group comprised 25 industry leaders, including AHIMA former past president Barb....

Journal Q&A (1/05)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: January 02, 2005

Q: What is medical informatics, and is there a connection between it and health information management?
A: Medical informatics is “the collection, classification, storage, retrieval and dissemination of recorded knowledge.”1 It features an “emphasis on technology as an integr....

Working Online: Hazards Ahead

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2005


HIM professionals know that as we move from paper to an electronic environment, our mission of privacy and security remains the same. As the medium changes, however, we must evaluate new threats to information.

The growth of the Internet has been proportionate to the growth of its at....

Making the Most of the Web

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: December 2004


When Michelle Wieczorek, RN, RHIT, CPHQ, CPUR, became director of e-commerce business development at St. Vincent Health System (SVHS) in 2001, her facility was already ahead of the game technologically. For example, the Erie, PA-based system had been using an electronic document management syst....

Scientific Revision to the Instruction Plan for Health Information Management Specialty Students at Beijing Health School

Author: Jiang, Wan

Source: IFHRO Congress | AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Abstract
In order to achieve a sophisticated instruction and a much more efficient training program, Beijing Health School revises the instruction plan for health information management students annually. The principle in revising is to make the program suit the requirements of the career mar....

Innovations and Developments in Postgraduate Health Information Management Education: Experiences from the University of Sydney

Author: Craig, Janelle; Watson, Phyllis J.

Source: IFHRO Congress | AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Introduction

Commencing in 2001, the School of Health Information Management (HIM) at the University of Sydney introduced five postgraduate coursework programs to its existing curriculum in undergraduate health information management education. One of these programs was the Master of Hea....

Registries and Networks in Healthcare

Author: Frazeur, Mary; Brown, Patricia J.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Introduction

Most states have used electronic record systems to report birth registry information for at least 10 years. However, the improved quality of the data from using such systems has not been realized. The Division of Vital Statistics National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)....

Clinical Coding Internationally: A Comparison of the Coding Workforce in Australia, America, Canada, and England

Author: McKenzie, Kirsten; Walker, Sue; Dixon-Lee, Claire; Dear, Gareth; Moran-Fuke, Judy

Source: IFHRO Congress | AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Introduction

Recently, researchers in Australia, America, England, and Canada have conducted national surveys of clinical coders in their respective countries. In Australia in 2002, the National Centre for Classification in Health (NCCH) in collaboration with the Health Information Manag....

Understanding the New Role of the Coder Under OPPS/APCs

Author: Shah, Jugna

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Background

Coding originated a long time ago as a way to classify causes of death, but has evolved to capture much more information. Coders now play a critical role in helping organizations to capture appropriate reimbursement and remain compliant with government rules and regulations. Si....

E-HIM Framework and Case Study

Author: Cassidy, Bonnie S.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Overview of e-HIM

Evolution from e-Health Task Force to e-HIM Task Force
e-HIM definitions and descriptions
AHIMA's Vision of e-Health and e-HIM
Career opportunities for e-HIM professionals
Roles, resources, and competencies in e-HIM
Future of eHIM and wher....

Globalization of Medical Transcription Services

Author: Hurley, Brenda J.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004


Over my 30-plus years in the medical transcription industry, I have seen plenty of changes. I can remember sitting in the basement of a hospital with my typewriter trying to decipher the words recorded on a blue plastic belt with grooves similar to a phonograph record. Slowly, technology found....

HIM Professionals' Endurance in 21st Century

Author: Mogli, G. D.

Source: IFHRO Congress | AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Introduction

Healthcare problems have haunted human society since time immemorial. Social and economic gains have a direct bearing on the status of people. Cultural progress depends upon the recognition and elimination of health problems. Health therefore is a major ingredient of public....

Improving Patient Care Through Data Quality Management of Regulatory Reporting of Outcome Measures

Author: Panico, Mary; Hall, Debra; Berman, Regina; Siegel, Barbara

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Introduction

In the fourth quarter of 2002, regulatory agencies began to align their initiatives driven by the National Quality Forum (NQF) evidenced-based measures, which drove the CMS 7 th Scope of Work. Project designs were to address morbidity and mortality of high-risk and high-vari....

AHIMA Credentials: Make Your Star Shine in the HIM Universe

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: October 2004


When Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, TN, began its transformation to an electronic information environment, Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, spearheaded the effort in the HIM department. She knew the expertise of her work force would be crucial to the success of Erlanger's endeavors. Working....

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