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Managing Clinical Data: A Cancer Registries Update

Author: Watkins, Sue

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1997


Introduction
The American Cancer Society estimates that about 1.38 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed, and about 560,000 Americans will die of cancer, in 1997.1 These estimates do not include carcinoma in situ or basal and squamous cell skin cancer. To monitor trends in cancer i....

Overview of Trauma Registries in the United States

Author: Garthe, Elizabeth

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1997

Overview of Trauma Registries

How many trauma registries are there in the US? This is a tough question to answer. According to a survey conducted by members of the Emergency Nurses' Association (ENA), the number of clients reported by trauma registry software companies exceed 1850 organi....

Protection of Personal Data -- The European View

Author: Mathews, Steve

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1998


A new series of laws are being passed to control the processing of personal information -- including medical information -- inside the European Commonwealth. The author gives an overview of the European view of personal information and examines the implications for healthcare professionals bo....

Information Security--A Database View

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1998



HIM professionals agree that applying the principles of information security is important in a hospital setting. But as Sharon Johnson, RRA, knows, those principles can be applied in many situations--including settings under construction. Since spring 1997, Johnson has been ....

Maximizing Data Quality of the Minimum Data Set

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1998


HIM professionals who work in long term care settings are well acquainted with the Minimum Data Set 2.0 (MDS). Since 1990, it has been part of the standardized assessments that nursing homes participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs must complete. Starting this summer, updated submis....

Journal Q&A (6/98)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: June 02, 1998


Q: What processes need to be developed to standardize data collection?


A: The list includes, but is not limited to, the following processes:
Appropriate education and training programs
Timely and appropriate communication of data definitions to those ....

Journal Q&A (6/98)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: June 02, 1998


Q: How do you "validate" a data collection instrument?

A: The purpose of validating the data collection instrument—including paper forms and computer screens—is to:
ensure that the data collected will support the intent of collecting the data....

Journal Q&A (10/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: October 02, 1998


Q: Where can I find information about a system that will allow for the electronic transmission of Minimum Data Set (MDS) information?

A: One of the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA's) proposals relating to the MDS 2.0 resident assessment process requires lo....

Journal Q&A (1/99)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: January 02, 1999


Q: I hear a lot of technical terms being used lately by information systems staff and I feel like I'm not speaking their "jargon." Could you clarify the meaning of some of these terms? Specifically, they are SQL, Java, TCP/IP, and IPX.

A: SQL stands for structured query language, whi....

Prescribing a Clean Bill of Health for Data

Author: Fletcher, Donna M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1999


Ensuring data quality is not really glamorous, but it is critical," Jane Griffin, vice president of business solutions for Prism Solutions in Atlanta, GA, maintains. "And nowhere is it more critical than in the healthcare environment."

A data warehouse can b....

Sample Information Security Program

Author: Ballam, Holly

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1999


Information Security Program
XYZ Hospital
Effective Date      
         ..............................................................................................................................

1. Poli....

OASIS Cracks Down on Home Care

Author: Carpenter, Jennifer E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 1999



January 25, 1999, brought the publication of the final rule on the assessment and use of the Outcomes and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) in the Federal Register. This rule requires that each patient receive a patient-specific, comprehensive assessment that identifies the patient'....

Post-acute PPS: Changing the Way We Code

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1999


HIM professionals in post-acute care are reinventing their roles to accommodate the new coding demands of a prospective payment system. Here are some of the developments that are creating new interest in coding issues for post-acute settings.
Three major forces -- the prospective payment....

HL7 Overview

Author: Quinn, John

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1999


As one of the co-developers of Health Level Seven (HL7), I am very close to the issue. So in describing it, I'm going to start with the basics, beginning with the current definition that has evolved over HL7's brief existence:

"The Health Level Seven (HL7) Standard, an ANSI approved....

Tools for Defining Data

Author: Shakir, Abdul-Malik

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 1999


Similarly, data dictionaries, data sets, and data models have much in common, but many significant differences. Each can be used to define data, especially data that needs to get from point A to point B. This article describes each of these tools and the value they add to health information ma....

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