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Becoming a Data Master

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



As an independent contractor and data analytics subject matter expert (SME), Lisa Brooks Taylor, RHIA, spends most of her time working with professional associations and large insurers developing machine-computable algorithms to analyze healthcare data. She works closely with data scientis....

Big Data Requires Information Governance

Author: Meehan, Ann M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



The term “Big Data” is everywhere, but what is it and what do health information management (HIM) professionals need to know about it? Understanding Big Data in healthcare, ensuring its accuracy, and harnessing it for patient care and business decisions are critical to a succes....

Development of a Web-Based Registry to Support Diabetes Care in Free Medical Clinics

Author: McFadden, Norman; Daniel, Bryan; Hoyt, Robert; Snider, Dallas

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: January 2017


Abstract


The United States has more than 1,000 free medical clinics. Because these clinics do not bill Medicare or Medicaid, they are not eligible for federal reimbursement for electronic health record (EHR) adoption. As a result, most do not have EHRs or electronic disease regist....

Investigative Approach: How Clinical Documentation Teams Improve Communication, Documentation Outcomes and Patient Care

Author: Robinson, Steven

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 29, 2016



Clinical documentation programs’ success is a result of the healthcare team keeping a constant vigil on communication while operationalizing outcomes and instilling provider support. Patient care is largely dependent on accurate communication among the healthcare provider team. In a....

Applying Predictive Analytics: The Role of Artificial Neural Networks in Predicting Alzheimer’s Disease

Author: Monga, Kapila

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 22, 2016



The phrase “Longevity Revolution,” referring to the increase in human life expectancy by 30 years, isn’t new anymore. Various books have been written on this subject, and it is a widely discussed topic in conferences these days. It is a no-brainer that this increase in life expectancy warr....

Managing a Data Dictionary (2016 update) - Retired

Author: Davoudi, Sion; Flanigan, Jill; Houser, Shannon H.; Kadlec, Lesley; Kirby, Annessa; VanSlyke, Daniel; Wendicke, Annemarie

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: December 2016


This update supplants the 2012 practice brief “Managing a Data Dictionary.”


As healthcare organizations move to the electronic environment, the large volume and complexity of data collected is growing at unprecedented rates. While access to data has the potential to en....

Standardizing Interoperability is a Team Effort

Author: Eramo, Lisa A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2016



AHIMA and other key stakeholders continue to drive national and global progress to achieve information systems interoperability in healthcare.


Like a complex puzzle, health information data and system interoperability takes time, effort, and collaboration to solve. And solvin....

How to Break Into Analytics and Informatics

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2016



Shawn Wells, RHIT, CHDA, manager of HIM data integrity at the University of Utah Healthcare, put himself on the health information management (HIM) career trajectory that HIM educators dream of using as an example.


Wells, who was also the first person in the state of Utah....

Tying Together CDI, ICD-10, and Healthcare Data Analytics: How CDI Programs and ICD-10 Are Impacting Data Analytics—and The Benefits Healthcare Organizations Are Seeing

Author: Bradley, Paul

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2016



A year in and ICD-10 is almost approaching the point of old news.


Of course—I’m kidding! Nothing could be further from the truth. From a data analytics perspective, the impact of ICD-10 is only beginning to be realized and understood.


For one, this first year....

Historical Data Analysis of Hospital Discharges Related to the Amerithrax Attack in Florida

Author: Burke, Lauralyn K; Brown, C. Perry; Johnson, Tammie M

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: October 2016


Abstract


Interrupted time-series analysis (ITSA) can be used to identify, quantify, and evaluate the magnitude and direction of an event on the basis of time-series data. This study evaluates the impact of the bioterrorist anthrax attacks (“Amerithrax”) on hospital inpatient disch....

Facility Closure: How to Get In, Get Out, and Get What Is Important

Author: Lail, Pamela J; Laird, Sarah S; McCall, Kris; Naretto, Joe; York, April

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: October 2016


Abstract


This article examines the current state of affairs of the health information management role in facility closure as well as the impact on revenue cycle operations. Health information management professionals are uniquely positioned to assist an organization in closure eff....

Improving the Collection of Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data to Reduce Healthcare Disparities: A Case Study from an Academic Medical Center

Author: Lee, Wei-Chen; Veeranki, Sreenivas P; Serag, Hani; Eschbach, Karl; Smith, Kenneth D

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: October 2016


Abstract


Well-designed electronic health records (EHRs) must integrate a variety of accurate information to support efforts to improve quality of care, particularly equity-in-care initiatives. This case study provides insight into the challenges those initiatives may face in colle....

Seventh Character Application for Injuries in the Principal Diagnosis and the Impact to Data Quality

Author: Wall, Kathleen E.

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 25, 2016



By now, we’ve all had practice assigning 7th characters for injuries. And, by now, we all know that in theory the guidance seems very clear—but the application of this new concept is not clear at all. Why is there so much confusion and why does it matter? What are the short- and long-term....

Utilizing Open-Source Government Data Sets in Health Information Management Teaching: An Application in Statistics and Data Analytics

Author: Alakrawi, Zahraa M; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Aborde, Jon; Johnson, Carey; Johnson, Timothy

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: July 2016


Abstract


The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Council for Excellence in Education acknowledges the importance of improving the data analytics skills of health information management (HIM) students at the baccalaureate level. This importance is especially....

Mapping Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine–Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) to International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM): Lessons Learned from Applying the National Library of Medicine’s Mappings

Author: Nandigam, Hari; Topaz, Maxim

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: July 2016


Abstract


The Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine–Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) and the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) are two commonly used standardized health terminologies in the United States. In fall 2015, healt....

Clinical Terminology and Clinical Classification Systems: A Critique Using AHIMA’s Data Quality Management Model

Author: Alakrawi, Zahraa M

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: July 2016


Abstract


Clinical coding constitutes one of the fundamental functions in the field of health information management. Clinical classification systems and clinical terminologies represent two distinct sets of coding schemes that are used in healthcare. In this context, it is critica....

Can Data Save a Life?

Author: James, Wendy

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: June 15, 2016



The technological advances that have taken place over the past 25 years have been nothing short of phenomenal. When I reflect on the things I have experienced, not only in my professional career, but the technological advances I have seen over the course of my life  across the board i....

HIM's Role in Health Data Analysis

Author: Kadlec, Lesley

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2016



In today’s healthcare environment, data abounds. From the time of admission through the patient care episode, discharge, and aftercare, the volume of clinical data in healthcare continues to grow and expand. Regardless of whether the data results from a patient office visit, the lab,....

Unlocking the Benefits of ICD-10 through Data Analytics

Author: Ewing, Crystal

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2016



The reality of the ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation and the fact that it was, by all measures, a success, is the payoff of years of hard work. It’s the product of lessons learned from the implementation of 5010 and the outcome of diligence on the part of healthcare professionals, providers, a....

Information Governance for Offsite Data Security

Author: Saharia, Devendra

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2016



Disruptive technology can turn any industry on its head—virtually overnight. Just five years ago, summoning a taxi was an inefficient, time-consuming effort that often involved dialing up a dispatcher, who contacted a driver, who would then make their way to your location, perhaps in an h....

Managing PHI Content Standards

Author: Sawatsky, Elaine; Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2016



Interoperability standards and their continuing adoption by e-health programs expand the capacity of information systems to capture, use, and exchange clinical data. For exchange to occur, the majority of data processing decisions need to take place both computationally and automatically.....

Tips for Preventing and Responding to a Ransomware Attack

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 01, 2016

As predicted, 2016 is proving to be the year of ransomware, with multiple reported incidents making news as we approach April. As they become startlingly more common, it’s important that HIM professionals be aware of how preventable they are, says Tom Walsh, CISSP, founder and managing partner of tw-Security. Just as with other types of data breaches, ransomware attacks are the result of human intervention—that’s also where they end.

Healthcare Database Management for Health Informatics and Information Management Students: Challenges and Instruction Strategies—Part 1

Author: Hylock, Ray; Harris, Susie T.

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: January 2016


Abstract


Enactment of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 forever altered the data management landscape in healthcare. The volume, breadth, depth, and pace at which health i....

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