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Managing a Part-Time Remote CDI Team

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 29, 2016

As clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs become more popular, providers are still struggling with implementing CDI programs for several different reasons, including: geographical location; a shortage of outpatient coders and CDI specialists; or even the lack of physi....

Building a Remote CDI Workforce

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 2015

The HIM Problem

To improve the efficiency and productivity of its clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program, Baystate Health decided to train CDI specialists to work from home.

The HIM Problem Solvers

Walter Houlihan MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, direc....

Ensuring Remote Coding Compliance

Author: Comfort, Angie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2012

More and more HIM department managers are turning to remote coding. However, before implementing this staffing model, managers must answer several questions regarding the privacy and security of patient information, including:
What are the compliance risks?
How will privacy and secu....

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....

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....

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....

Managing the Virtual HIM Department

Author: Walls, Laura Lane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004

In the new world of remote work forces, old management principles still apply. The trick is to apply them in entirely new ways.
Many health information management professionals don’t work anywhere near their “place” of employment.
They are remote workers, performin....

Safe at Home: Remote Coding Meets HIPAA

Author: Keough, Tim

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004

Remote coding offers big benefits and unique security challenges. Here’s how one organization moves patient data securely across the Internet.

"Whatever, in connection with my professional practice, or not in connection with it, I see or hear, in the life of men, which ought....

Telecommuting: the Why, the How, and the Don't Worry


Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: June 2002

Suppose someone walked into your office and said that she knew a sure-fire way to decrease your coding staff turnover and increase its productivity. Would you invite her to sit down and tell you more?
If you are like most HIM managers who face the daily challenge of getting work done on ti....

Coding on the Home Front

Author: Zeisset, Ann M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: April 2002

Recently, a group of coders participated in a survey about their day-to-day experiences as remote, or at-home coders. The survey asked a series of questions related to the positives and negatives of coding at home versus coding in the more traditional office setting. Below is a summary of the....

Dot-com Coder

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000

For many people, working with artificial intelligence may sound like something out of a science fiction movie. But for Amy Davis, RHIA, it's just part of the job.

Davis is coding specialist and knowledge engineer at, a company based in Jacksonville, FL. Davis's....