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HIM Role in Assisting Regional Extension Centers

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: July 13, 2009


The groundbreaking American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) includes a number of provisions that offer opportunities to HIM professionals. For example, health IT extension programs will be developed to help healthcare providers adopt, implement, and effectively use certified electronic hea....

Healthcare Disparities and the Role of Personal Health Records

Author: Garvin, Jennifer Hornung; Odom-Wesley, Barbara; Rudman, William J.; Stewart, Rachelle S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2009



The Institute of Medicine defines disparities in healthcare as racial or ethnic differences in the quality of healthcare that are not due to access-related factors or clinical needs preferences, and appropriateness of intervention.1 Geographic isolation, poverty, lack of trained healthcare....

Information Therapy: A New Interest for HIM

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2009



HIM professionals involved in patient advocacy and the personal health record will have an interest in information therapy: getting patients the information they need to better manage their health.

Information therapy (Ix) is of interest in health information management, particu....

ACE Dedicated to Crafting HIM Education, Students

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Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: June 2009

ACE is a collection of HIM professionals at the top of their game, who volunteer into the program to serve as mentors, author articles, conduct industry interviews, and generally support the HIM profession. As an ACE member, Virginia Bell is able to brush up on some of her HIM skills, as well as offer her expertise to others.

Student Makes “Right Decision” with HIM

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2009


With seven physicians in her family, Sarah Keppen felt destined to go into healthcare. However, working directly with patients, needles, and other messy details never appealed to the 25-year-old.

While talking with her pediatrician mother about other healthcare careers, she learned o....

How Information Technology Supports Virtual HIM Departments

Author: Kohn, Deborah

Source: AHIMA eContent

Publication Date: March 02, 2009



Only in recent years has the widespread acceptance and use of computer systems and Internet-derived technologies allowed HIM departments of all types and sizes to be physically untethered from their organizations and exist virtually. From a technical perspective, an HIM department function....

Health IT Certification Developments: CCHIT’s Current Work and How to Get Involved

Author: Birnbaum, Cassi L; Hall, Terri; Sweet, Helayne; Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2009


For the last five years the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) has been working to promote the adoption of health IT by certifying electronic health record (EHR) products against common, baseline criteria.

The private, nonprofit certification body....

20 Tips for Recession-proofing Your Career

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: March 2009

In this ailing economy, HIM managers and other professionals need to demonstrate their value to their organization, maximize productivity, and line up contingency plans for a career safety net. Review these 20 tips for recession-proofing your career.

Renewed Focus on HIPAA

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2009


At Upstate Carolina Medical Center, HIM director and privacy officer Harolyn B. Acklin, MBA, RHIA, is getting a crash course in privacy investigations.

Although she’s only been in the position for a little over a year, Acklin has had to deal with her fair share of privacy compl....

Leading on the Legal EHR

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2009


Carol F. Smith, MBA, RHIA, is enthusiastic about the year ahead. As director of health information management for the University of Texas Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, Smith supervises 110 full-time employees and works on projects ranging from revenue cycle, data quality, medical reco....

HIM Leadership Challenge...for the Next 80 Years!

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2008


As AHIMA celebrates its 80th anniversary this month, we focus on the significant challenges that lay ahead. Though most emphasis today is on acquiring and implementing health IT, this will give way to an emphasis on managing and creating value from an organization’s information assets.

Taking the Specialty Route

Author: Rollins, Gina

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2008



Specialty tracks and associate degrees offer professional fulfillment, career advancement, and better pay.

Laid-off when a manufacturing and shipping business closed, Cindy Higgins, RHIT, took advantage of retraining opportunities and entered the HIM field. She went on to comple....

Successful Recruiting Strategies

Author: Dover, Kayce

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2008


It can be a challenge to hire the HIM professionals your organization needs. Smart managers and their HR departments stay proactive.
As the demand for HIM professionals continues to increase and the supply of experienced HIM professionals continues to lag, implementing a successful recruit....

Building Mass and Flexing HIM’s Muscle

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2008


A body of knowledge is the sum total of all knowledge in an area of expertise or profession. It is comprised of knowledge areas or domains. HIM’s domains include health data content and structure, medical terminologies and classification systems, and health information systems and techno....

Education, Collaboration Keys to Director’s Success

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2008


When Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston has a tough health information-related issue to solve, chances are Deborah Adair, MPH, MS, RHIA, and her team are already working on it.

Director of health information services and privacy officer at MGH (part of the Partners Health....

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