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AHIMA Career Prep Workbook

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2014

The Career Prep Workbook is your one-stop shop for planning, preparing, and initiating you job search in the HIM industry.

Practical Implications of Informatics

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 2014





For decades, most consumers relied on one physician for all of their healthcare needs—their primary care physician—and that one physician knew the patient’s entire health history and documented it in one place. This paradigm is starting to change, says Anupam Goel, MD, MBA, an in....

Certification Connection Summer 2014

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA newsletter

Publication Date: July 2014

The quarterly newsletter for HIM certified professionals, containing information on professional development, industry news, continuing education, announcements, upcoming events, and other tools for success.

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.

Perceptions of Health Information Management Educational and Practice Experiences

Author: Bates, Mari; Black, Clarence; Blair, Franchesica; Davis, Laquanda; Ingram, Steven; Lane, DaQuandra; McElderry, Alicia; Peagler, Bianca; Pickett, Jamie; Plettenberg, Cheryl A; Hart-Hester, Susan

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: July 2014


Abstract


Introduction:Undergraduate students’ progress toward achievement of learning outcomes and entry-level competencies is an essential ingredient in efforts to meet the needs of the evolving national healthcare information infrastructure. Therefore, studies to evaluate....

Overcoming the Challenges of Adolescent EHRs

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: June 2014




In this web series, HIM professionals working in emerging roles give advice on tackling difficult HIM problems. This month features the conclusion to a two-part series discussing the unique challenges HIM professionals face in deploying EHRs customized to serve pediatric and adolesce....

The Role of Analyzing Healthcare Data: Health Data Analysts Aggregate, Evaluate, and Validate Information for Key Healthcare Stakeholders

Author: Dooling, Julie A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2014



Data are the assets that healthcare relies upon to provide needed information for making decisions and ultimately, hopefully, improving patient care. The volume of data collected today is staggering and continues to grow with the advent of electronic health records (EHRs). The healthcare d....

Certification Connection Spring 2014

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA newsletter

Publication Date: April 2014

The quarterly newsletter for HIM certified professionals, containing information on professional development, industry news, continuing education, announcements, upcoming events, and other tools for success.

Emerging Role of eHIM Director

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 2014




In this web series, HIM professionals working in emerging roles give advice on tackling difficult HIM problems.


The HIM Problem


Defining the responsibilities for the role of “eHIM Director” in an increasingly electronic HIM world.


The HIM Prob....

Help! I am Encoder-Dependent!

Author: Horn, Kelli

Source: CodeWrite | AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: March 2014



Many coders in the workforce preparing to take their CCS examination acknowledge that they are dependent on encoders. While this is beneficial in performing daily job duties, it can be a hindrance to successfully passing the examination. The four-hour examination requires that exam-takers....

Making Data Smart: Practical Informatics is Helping Transform Data into Health Intelligence, and Now Moving into Day-to-day HIM Work

Author: Crawford, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2014



Health informatics is often considered to be an advanced level of health information management (HIM). It’s also in high demand—in addition to handling, storing, and retrieving health data more HIM professionals are getting involved in the decision-making process regarding what types of i....

Certification Connection Winter 2014

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA newsletter

Publication Date: January 2014

The quarterly newsletter for HIM certified professionals, containing information on professional development, industry news, continuing education, announcements, upcoming events, and other tools for success.

Evolving the PPE to Meet Changing HIM Workforce Needs

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014

This Practice Brief will educate readers on the challenges and opportunities surrounding the PPE. The desired outcome is to expand options for PPEs and increase support of the PPE throughout the healthcare industry. Providing additional options and increasing practitioner support of the PPE will result in creating a stronger and better prepared generation of new HIM professionals.

Perceived Knowledge of Health Informatics Competencies by Health Information Management Professionals

Author: Palkie, Brooke

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: December 2013


Abstract


The 2009 enactment of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act has placed unprecedented emphasis on utilizing technology to improve the quality of care and to decrease healthcare costs. To meet these goals, the healthcare field will....

Competencies for Global Health Informatics Education: Leveraging the US Experience

Author: Cortelyou-Ward, Kendall; Kahlon, Summerpal; Noblin, Alice

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: December 2013


Abstract


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has encouraged unprecedented expansion of the health information technology (HIT) industry and offers strong employment opportunities for those that qualify. However, academic institutions have been slow to address the changing n....

Information as an Asset

Author: Kennedy, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013



Health information managers have a long history of assuring data quality and the use of data to improve outcomes. As healthcare organizations move from volume-based to value-based models, they are leveraging data to add and extract value in a cost-efficient manner to accomplish strategic g....

Certification Connection Fall 2013

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA newsletter

Publication Date: October 2013

The quarterly newsletter for HIM certified professionals, containing information on professional development, industry news, continuing education, announcements, upcoming events, and other tools for success.

Taking The Doctoral Challenge: Educators Push HIM Professionals to Add PhD to Credentials

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.; Valerius, Joanne D; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2013



The push toward graduate education in health information management (HIM) is becoming a reality as more universities and colleges develop or explore launching HIM and informatics graduate curricula. Fundamental to offering these programs is the need for doctorally prepared HIM-credentialed....

Growth in the Clinical Documentation Specialist Profession

Author: Barnhouse, Torrey; Rudman, William J.

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: July 2013


Abstract


As healthcare reform and technology further define the role and work expectations of the health information management professional, the need for clinical documentation specialists (CDSs) is likely to expand. This article examines the current and potential growth of the C....

Certification Connection Summer 2013

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA newsletter

Publication Date: July 2013

The quarterly newsletter for HIM certified professionals, containing information on professional development, industry news, continuing education, announcements, upcoming events, and other tools for success.

How Can I Help You? Top 10 Customer Service Tips for HIM Professionals

Author: Aschettino, Lucia; Birnbaum, Cassi L; Crocker, Janice; Grebner, Leah A.; McNicholas, Faith C.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2013



Health information management (HIM) best practices state that it is important for HIM professionals to focus not just on the information but also on internal and external customers. Customers have varied, and ever-changing, needs that must be met by HIM professionals. Both internal and ext....

Transforming the HIM Milieu for the Digital Age

Author: Luthi-Terry, Stephanie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013



Healthcare system Allina Health is leveraging their groundbreaking electronic health record system to revamp the health information management (HIM) department and its various functions. The goal is to make HIM more effective and efficient in the digital age, which they are accomplishing i....

‘e’-Experience Required: Demand Growing for EHR Expertise

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013


Experience working with electronic health record (EHR) systems is growing in demand, and healthcare facilities in some areas of the country are having a tough time finding employees qualified to fill open EHR-focused positions, according to recruiting and business intelligence organization Want....

Anatomy of a Physician Coder: Small, medium, and large physician practices all feature these multi-tasking, multi-responsibility coders

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


An analysis of the “physician coder” anatomy would reveal a cornucopia of responsibilities nestled under this one succinct title.

They are equal parts clinical documentation improvement specialist, office manager, patient counselor, physician process tracker, coder... the list goes....

2012 AHIMA Triumph Award Winners

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2012


The AHIMA Triumph Awards recognize individuals who make a difference and is a long and cherished tradition of honoring the excellence, dedication, and service of those professionals whose steadfast efforts have enriched the health information management (HIM) field. The awards honor leadershi....

Certification Connection Fall 2012

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA newsletter

Publication Date: October 2012

The quarterly newsletter for HIM certified professionals, containing information on professional development, industry news, continuing education, announcements, upcoming events, and other tools for success.

Assessment of Success on the RHIA Certification Examination: A Comparison of Baccalaureate Program Graduates and Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program Graduates

Author: Condon, Jim; Barefield, Amanda

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: October 2012

Abstract

The demand for registered health information administrators continues to outpace the available supply of credentialed graduates. One solution to address this shortfall has been the availability of postbaccalaureate certificate programs. A health information administration departm....

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