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Journal Q&A (1/05)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: January 02, 2005

Q: What is medical informatics, and is there a connection between it and health information management?
A: Medical informatics is “the collection, classification, storage, retrieval and dissemination of recorded knowledge.”1 It features an “emphasis on technology as an integr....

Registries and Networks in Healthcare

Author: Frazeur, Mary; Brown, Patricia J.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Introduction

Most states have used electronic record systems to report birth registry information for at least 10 years. However, the improved quality of the data from using such systems has not been realized. The Division of Vital Statistics National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)....

Master of Arts in HIM and Graduate Level Informatics Certificates in the US: Experiences from The College of St. Scholastica (MN)

Author: LaTour, Kathleen M.

Source: IFHRO Congress | AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Historical Context of the HIM Profession in the US

The first baccalaureate program in health information management (originally called medical record science) in the US was established at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN in 1934. The College has continuously offered a bachelor....

Improving Patient Care Through Data Quality Management of Regulatory Reporting of Outcome Measures

Author: Panico, Mary; Hall, Debra; Berman, Regina; Siegel, Barbara

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Introduction

In the fourth quarter of 2002, regulatory agencies began to align their initiatives driven by the National Quality Forum (NQF) evidenced-based measures, which drove the CMS 7 th Scope of Work. Project designs were to address morbidity and mortality of high-risk and high-vari....

Kick Starting the Security Risk Analysis

Author: Amatayakul, Margret

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2004


Many covered entities are just now starting to approach the compliance aspects of the HIPAA security rule. Why discuss “compliance aspects” and not standards or controls, as we did when preparing for the privacy rule? Privacy and security are long-standing concepts to healthcare,....

Validating MDS and OASIS Data with DAVE

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004


In January 2004 the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new initiative to improve the accuracy and reliability of Minimum Data Set (MDS) data in long-term care. The Data Assessment and Verification program (DAVE) is a collaborative effort between multiple CMS program ar....

Data Warehousing: Myths, Pitfalls, and the Secret Weapon

Author: Moyer, Rich

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2003


Is your organization using its data warehouse to its fullest potential? The author provides some pitfalls to avoid and some tips that may help improve care and use resources more efficiently.
Most healthcare organizations have invested in building a data warehouse. But once the warehouse....

Florida Cancer Data System Turns Data Into Information

Author: Zernich, Gordon

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001


The enactment of the Cancer Registries Amendment Act in 1992 and the passage of similar state laws require healthcare facilities and state and national registries to gather information on certain diseases from patient medical records. The information is also used to identify geographic "ho....

Statewide Data Systems: Entering a New Era

Author: Love, Denise

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001




Statewide data systems are the mainstay of many state and federal data systems and of many quality assessment, research, and policy initiatives. The author gives an overview of the different kinds of systems available and looks at opportunities for growth in the future, as well as for....

Unlock the Information Secrets in Your Billing Database

Author: Kuehn, Lynn

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 10, 2001




The data contained in your billing database can provide valuable information about billing accuracy and completeness, can identify coding trends that may require investigation, or provide information on patients who may require follow-up care. The billing database for a physician, or....

Securing Your IT Environment from the Inside Out

Author: Bakman, Alex

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: September 02, 2001


IT security has been gaining in importance throughout the history of digital data, and industries are gradually regulating themselves or facing governmental compliance standards. The healthcare industry possesses some of the most critical data and network technology in that lives and patient....

Informatics in Managed Care: HIM Adds Value to Data

Author: Stratton, Scott D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2001

The third installment of the Journal of AHIMA’s special series on managed care focuses on informatics-methods that add value to data, turning it into useful information. How do informatics and managed care fit together, and what is HIM’s role in this picture?

The HIM professional’s knowl....

Knowledge Management: Finding the Golden Nuggets

Author: Rhodes, Harry B.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001


We live in the so-called Information Age, but we should actually refer to it as the Data Age. As a nation, we are data rich and information poor.

The dilemma of holding large amounts of valuable data but little useful information is not unique to healthcare. The inability....

Internal Audit Model for Information Security

Author: Mead, Kevin

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: July 02, 2000


Internal auditors are found within many organizations, and have traditionally concerned themselves with the protection of assets. In the past, this manifested itself by the placing of asset tags on furniture and equipment and verifying the presence of the asset each year. Recently, however, i....

Health Informatics Standards: A User's Guide

Author: Brandt, Mary D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2000


From code sets to data sets to developing organizations, how much do you really know about technical standards? This article provides a handy reference guide.

The vision is clear: a longitudinal, or lifetime, health record for each person that is computer-based, secure, readily ac....

Vision of Health Information Management in 2010

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1999


Two-thirds of today's health information managers will be in the prime of their careers 10 years from now. But what will the world of work look like? One way to gain an understanding of the future is to create scenarios. Scenarios are literally stories about the future th....

Common (and Uncommon) Ground

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1999


On a trip to Dublin this spring, I met with several officers of the Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland. During this visit, we talked about health information management, finding common ground on topics like:
Year 2000 compliance
the need for clinical vocabulary....

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