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HIM's Stake in Tracking and Treating Ebola

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2014


The victims of the Ebola virus, which has infected over 4,000 people in a handful of African nations as of press time, have benefitted—though in a limited capacity—by work performed by health IT professionals.


The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha is one of a few healt....

Journal Q&A (3/98)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: March 02, 1998


Q: Cellular phones are very popular and are a convenient way to increase communication. Should we place any restrictions on the use of cellular phones to discuss patient information?

A: Cellular phones operate on radio frequencies, which means anyone tuning into that f....

Telehealth, Scrubbing Robots Top Tech Watch List

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2015


Health Information Management (HIM) professionals have a notoriously hard time getting folks in the C-suite to take on new health IT projects. But in one area, at least, that's beginning to change. Telehealth (or telemedicine) may have reached the tipping point in seeing a return on investment,....

Robotic Telepresence in a Medical Intensive Care Unit—Clinicians’ Perceptions

Author: Becevic, Mirna; Clarke, Martina A; Alnijoumi, Mohammed M; Sohal, Harjyot S; Boren, Suzanne A; Kim, Min S; Mutrux, Rachel

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: July 2015


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Background: Robotic telepresence has been used for outsourcing of healthcare services for more than a decade; however, its use within an academic medical department is not yet widespread. Intensive care unit (ICU) robots can be used to increase access to off-site supervis....

Patient Side of Telemedicine

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



Two years ago, I travelled to central Honduras to volunteer my time and HIM expertise at a clinic that supports the primary care needs of 90,000 people. It was an experience I’ll never forget. Access to specialists is few and far between so the clinic had recently implemented telemedicine....

Effect of Telehealth Interventions on Hospitalization Indicators: A Systematic Review

Author: Kalankesh, Leila R.; Pourasghar, Faramarz; Nicholson, Lorraine; Ahmadi, Shamim; Hosseini, Azamol-sadat

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: October 2016


Abstract


Background: Telehealth has been defined as the remote delivery of healthcare services using information and communication technology. Where resource-limited health systems face challenges caused by the increasing burden of chronic diseases and an aging global population,....

Coding in Critical Access Hospitals

Author: Kostick, Karen M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2009


National health policy has been increasingly responsive to the healthcare needs of rural residents and providers. Rural America has a large percentage of the nation’s Medicare population, and this percentage continues to grow as residents born in the Baby Boomer generation begin to retir....

Telehealth Holds Promise for the Future of Healthcare

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016



In Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly traveled from 1985 to 2015, and while there he used videoconferencing to communicate with his coworker Needles. Although the real 2015 might not be exactly the world that Marty McFly found in the movie, teleconferencing with a doctor and other te....

Perceptions of the Benefits of Telemedicine in Rural Communities

Author: Potter, Andrew J; Ward, Marcia M; Natafgi, Nabil; Ullrich, Fred; MacKinney, A Clinton; Bell, Amanda L; Mueller, Keith J

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: July 2016


Abstract


Telemedicine is a means of improving care quality and access in rural areas, but limited evidence is available on how telemedicine affects the hospital-community relationship. We examined hospital staff perceptions about the ways in which rural communities benefited from....

Technology of Telemedicine

Author: Welch, Julie J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1999


Telemedicine is "the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications for the health and education of the patient or healthcare provider and for the purpose of improving patient care."1 According to a recent report to Congress by the US Departments of....