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Inspiring Leadership, Influencing Change

Author: Smith, Diann H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2018

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

Serving the AHIMA membership as president/chair is a great honor and privilege. I’m humbled that you entrusted me to be your leader at a crucial time in our profession. From the very beginning of my career I was fortunate to have the support, e....

Embarking on the Road of New Beginnings

Author: Lane, Pamela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2018

By Pamela Lane, MS, RHIA, interim chief executive officer

January is the month of new beginnings. It’s a great time to make lists, clean out cabinets, and take stock of what’s ahead of us. Sometimes the road ahead is clear… other times, we need to make educated guesses ab....

Why Fax Machines Won’t Die in Healthcare

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Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2018

In an article that likens the fax machine to “the cockroach of American medicine,” Vox explores why, in the midst of the tech revolution, healthcare organizations are still relying on the antiquated fax machine to exchange medical records. Their conclusion is clear—health record sy....

Managing Amendments in an HIE Environment

Author: Burns, Janelle; Costello, Stephanie; Lewis, Sharon; Meyer, Melanie; Panzarella, Deanna; Westhafer, Kathy J

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2018

Managing Amendments in an HIE Environment

The era of electronic health information has increased the complexity of managing amended protected health information (PHI) and the designated record set (DRS). Historically, changes had to be made to handwritten and transcribed reports and then co....

Who Reads Their Doctor’s Notes? Examining the Association between Preconceptions and Accessing Online Clinical Notes

Author: Klein, Jared W.; Jackson, Sara L.; Osteer, Natalia V.; Peacock, Sue; Delbanco, Tom; Walker, Jan; Elmore, Joann G

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2018

By Jared W. Klein, MD, MPH; Sara L. Jackson, MD, MPH; Natalia V. Oster, MPH; Sue Peacock, BS; Tom Delbanco, MD; Jan Walker, RN, MBA; and Joann G. Elmore, MD, MPH

Patients who use online portals to review their clinicians’ notes may become more actively involved in their healthcare, bu....

Inspire, Innovate, Lead: One Year Later

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2017



AHIMA’s greatest treasure can be found in the hearts of our members. During this past year serving as your AHIMA President and Board Chair, I’ve been blessed to meet and work with amazing, dedicated health information leaders. I’ve made new friends and enjoyed your gracious hospitality. Yo....

AHIMA Convention Highlights Groundbreaking Standards Work

Author: Orlova, Anna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2017



The AHIMA Standards Task Force is a collaborative of over 60 health information management (HIM) professional subject matter experts (SMEs)—all working together to lead national and global standards development for HIM. This groundbreaking work was on full display during last month’s 89th....

Advancing HIIM Professionals in Informatics and Data Analytics

Author: Cain, Jeannine Pugh; Clack, Lesley; Flanigan, Jill; Houser, Shannon H.; Kadlec, Lesley; VanSlyke, Daniel; Zeglen, Margie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2017


Health informatics and information management (HIIM) is a rapidly changing profession. Core competencies of fundamental AHIMA certifications, such as the RHIA or RHIT, create a strong foundation for pursuing employment in a variety of high-demand positions. Today’s fast-paced technology l....

Bringing Patients and Their Information Together

Author: Lane, Pamela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2017



In July, AHIMA unveiled the first-of-its kind Patient Request for Health Information Model Form, which you can find online. Developed by two AHIMA practice councils, the form is designed to be a plain-language document that explains to consumers their right to access health information fro....

Legacy of the ‘First Lady of HIM’ Lives on through Grace Award: AHIMA Founder Grace Whiting Myers’s Work Set Stage for Award Winners to Thrive in HIM

Author: Land, Daniel

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2017



The transient nature of memory is greatly influenced by the passage of time, and successive generations often possess only a vague knowledge of what came before them. Thus is the case of Grace Whiting Myers. Many health information management (HIM) professionals today know little about the....

Data Analytics and Informatics are Two Separate Disciplines (And Why This Matters to HIM)

Author: Clack, Lesley; Houser, Shannon H.; Kadlec, Lesley; Mikaelian, Raymound; Tabisula, Braden; Zeglen, Margie

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2017



Integral to this era of paperless electronic health records (EHRs) are the disciplines of data analytics and informatics. The vast volumes of electronic data woven from a multitude of systems, registries, and remote technologies creates promising career opportunities for health data analyt....

Grow as a Manager by Building Strong Relationships

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2017



The relationships that you form with each of your direct reports are central to your ability to fulfill your three core responsibilities as a manager: Create a culture of feedback, build a cohesive team, and achieve results collaboratively.


But these relationships do not foll....

New Request for Health Information Form Relieving ROI Headaches: Improving Patient Access to Records Currently a Hot Topic in the Healthcare Industry

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2017



Contemporary Americans are not as nomadic as our prehistoric ancestors were—we aren’t subject to the whims of the food chain, following herds of bison across the Great Plains. When we travel we take cross-country road trips and flights for the fun of it, or in search of higher-....

House of Delegates 2016 to 2017 Year in Review

Author: Lemery, Chrisann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2017



The 2016-2017 YEAR has been busy and engaging for the members of the House of Delegates (House) as we build on the present and prepare for the future, working to guide the health information management (HIM) profession through its work in the healthcare industry.


The House....

Change, Challenge, and Opportunity

Author: Lane, Pamela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2017



Although change can be difficult, it always comes with opportunity. As members of the ever-evolving HIM community, we are uniquely prepared to meet the challenges that come with change as we continue to move toward reaching our profession’s strategic goals.


As interim....

Clinical Terminology: Expanding Career Pathways for HIM Professionals - Retired

Author: Hyde, Lynda; Casto, Anne B.; Koehler, Melissa; Lockwood, Famey; Peterson, Kathleen

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2017






Healthcare is an evolving world where data is central to all aspects of care. It is an information-intensive environment where data analysis is used to make decisions about the quality and safety of patient care, public health programs, and healthcare reform. At the core....

Meeting Basics that Make a Difference

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2017



In July, I attended AHIMA’s CSA Leadership Symposium in Chicago, IL. This is an incredible gathering of CSA leaders from across the country. I’m always energized by the willingness of every attendee to share ideas and best practices with others.


This year, I part....

Reporting Live from Your Stomach

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2017


While millions of health conscious consumers are strapping health tracking devices around their wrists, doctors are prescribing a more invasive device for another group of consumers. To boost compliance with life-saving medications for people with chronic conditions like high blood pressure, de....

Healthcare's Future is Outside the Hospital

Author: Gordon, Lynne Thomas

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2017



Is the future of healthcare in the hospital? Probably not.


Bernard Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s largest health systems, recently noted that in 2016 Kaiser provided more than 100 million primary care encounters. Of those, Tyson said, 52 percent o....

HIM in Non-Acute Settings: Examining HIM Issues Impacting Home Health, Long-Term/Post-Acute Care, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Other Healthcare Areas

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2017



Among healthcare providers, there is nothing new about the desire to keep people out of the hospital. For years, procedures that used to require an inpatient stay have been moved to outpatient surgical centers and ambulatory clinics. Not only does this save payers money, but it also helps....

Let's Peek into the Future with Artificial Intelligence

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2017



I recently heard an interview with Bill Gates where he was discussing the great advances taking place with artificial intelligence (AI). One of my big takeaways was his prediction that labor substitution across industries will be substantial in the next five- to 20-year period. In the heal....

Mobile Health, Mobile Data

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 2017



In certain neighborhoods and communities in Chicago and surrounding suburbs, pediatric access to primary care is not a certainty for thousands of pre-K to high school-age children.


April Aumann, MSN, APN, FNP-BC, a family nurse practitioner who works on Advocate Children’s Ho....

Digital Health Governance: Management and Strategy for the 21st Century Digital Economy

Author: Geetter, Jennifer S; Van Demark, Dale C

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 01, 2017



Digital health technologies, solutions, and approaches to decision-making are transforming the delivery of healthcare, reshaping patient (and health consumer) expectations, and presenting health plans, health systems, informatics companies, and other stakeholders with a dizzying array of d....

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