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Future Forward

Author: Smith, Diann H. MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2018










By Diann H. Smith, MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA


It is hard to believe this is my last Journal of AHIMA column as AHIMA’s President/Chair of the Board of Directors. I am genuinely grateful to have joined you in bringing to life the theme for AHIMA’s....

What’s in a Name?

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2018







It’s not at all uncommon for organizations to change their names several times before landing on one that captures their presence in the past, the present, and the future—especially if they are technology-focused. Take NCR Corp., which today sells every....

Blockchain’s Role in Health IT

Author: Viola, Allison F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2018







By Allison Viola, MBA, RHIA


When innovative technologies make a splash on the international stage, healthcare professionals wonder how these technologies can translate or be scaled for the healthcare industry. Health information management (HIM) profession....

“Alexa, Let’s Schedule Some HIPAA Training”

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2018








When a new technology emerges, there’s always a split between the early adopters and their more cautious counterparts. So when it comes to using a digital voice assistant like Amazon’s Echo, Google Home, or Apple’s Siri in a hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU), do....

HIM’s Vital Role in Healthcare Ratings

Author: Land, Daniel

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2018






By Daniel Land, RHIA, CCS


Coded data has a long and influential life span, and its importance goes beyond that of just today’s revenue cycle. It is important for health information management (HIM) professionals to understand the micro and macro purposes of cod....

Deliverance in the Data

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2018

Mother’s Crusade to Help Daughter with Genetic Syndrome Leads to Work in Health Data Analytics Research


By Mary Butler









Megan O’Boyle keeps track of her daughter Shannon’s medical records using this voluminous binde....

Niche Analytics

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2018

Specialty and Non-Acute Data Analytics Initiatives Offer Focus and Opportunity for HIM


By Mary Butler


In the fast-paced world of emergency medicine, it’s hard to conjure a metric that’s more important to both prospective patients and clinicians than emergency....

Best Practices for Data Analytics Reporting Lifecycles: Quality in Report Building and Data Validation

Author: Clack, Lesley; Houser, Shannon H.; Kadlec, Lesley; Mikaelian, Raymound; Wendicke, Annemarie; Cain, Jeannine MSHI, RHIA, CPHI; Spears, Amanda MA, CHDA

Source: Journal of AHIMA | AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: October 2018






While the importance of data quality in providing high-quality clinical care in today’s healthcare setting is typically well understood, the quality of data for report building and validation activities is often not well articulated—and potential data quality....

AHIMA Turns 90

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018





Examining the Past, Present, and Future of the Association through its Members


By Mary Butler


Etiquette experts abide by a set of rules about what makes for an appropriate wedding anniversary gift. Paper, for example, is advised for one-year anni....

Beyond the Basics for Health Informatics Professionals - Retired

Author: Campbell, Angela; Houser, Shannon H.; Paulson, Dawn; Ryznar, Barbara; Smith, Clarice Pittillo; Woebkenberg, Jami; Hernandez, Sandra MSMIS, RHIA, CPHI, CCS, CHC; Pirie-St. Pierre, Mari RHIA, CPHI; Plimpton, Julie MSHI, RHIA, CPHI

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018





Editor’s Note: This Practice Brief supersedes the September 2014 Practice Brief “Defining the Basics of Health Informatics for HIM Professionals.”


Data, data everywhere! We are living in the age of “Big Data” and healthcare informat....

Double Trouble

Author: Houser, Shannon H.; Harris, Shannon MBA, RHIA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018





Using Health Informatics to Tackle Duplicate Medical Record Issues


By Shannon Harris, MBA, RHIA, and Shannon H. Houser, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA


Are You battling with duplicate medical record issues in your organization? Data quality issues are trending....

How to Prepare for EHR Downtime

Author: Primeau, Debra

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018





Whether Due to Cyberattacks, System Upgrades, or Myriad Other Potential Causes, Healthcare Organizations Need Solid EHR Contingency Plans


By Debra Primeau, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA


In May 2016, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) p....

Using Population Health, Inclusive HIM Practices to Better Treat LGBTQ Patients

Author: Dooling, Julie A; Kadlec, Lesley; Pruente, Megan; Ward, Maria; Woebkenberg, Jami; Butler-Henderson, Kerryn CHIA, FAHIMA; Ginn, Dustin MA, MHA, RHIA; Retallack, Donna RHIT; Young III, John RHIA, CHPS, CPHIMS, HCISPP

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018









By Kerryn Butler-Henderson, CHIA, FAHIMA; Julie Dooling, MSHI, RHIA, CHDA, FAHIMA; Dustin Ginn, MA, MHA, RHIA; Lesley Kadlec, MA, RHIA, CHDA; Megan Pruente, RHIA; Donna Retallack, RHIT; Maria Ward, MEd, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P; Jami Woebkenberg, MHIM, RHIA, CPHI; and....

Privacy and Security Risks with Biometrics

Author: Hedges, Ron

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2018









By Ron Hedges, JD


Collection and use of biometric information may be useful to healthcare providers looking for new and better ways to positively identify patients as well as fight fraud. Biometric technologies include facial recognition, retinal....

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