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Will the Real John Smith Please Stand Up?

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014



Patient matching and identity management has been a critical component of health information management (HIM) since the beginning of the profession, when master patient indices (MPI) were kept on 3x5 inch index cards. HIM professionals don’t have to be told about the challenges with dupli....

Completing Charts in EHRs

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010


This issue the Journal introduces a new “Working Smart” column offering best practices for working in the e-HIM environment.

Since the advent of the HIM profession many have struggled with the chart completion process. In the paper environment, the process began with assembling mount....

Correcting Lab Results in an EHR

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2010


The laboratory system within an EHR automates the historical process in which technicians documented results on lab shingles and pasted them on pages in the health record. In the paper environment, shingles were numerous and often taped one on top of the other to condense the record.

Using CDI to Meet Federal Quality Measures

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2013



Clinical documentation is the foundation of every health record, specifically outlining the reasons for treatment and the quality of care provided to the patient. The lack of consistent and standard clinical content within the health record has been an ongoing challenge to health informati....

ARRA FAQs

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2009



On February 17, 2009, President Barack Obama implemented sweeping healthcare legislation when he signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law. ARRA includes many privacy, security, work force, and health IT provisions that will have a major impact on the healthcare in....

Connecting Coded Data to Data Analytics

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2019


By Lou Ann Wiedemann, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CHDA, FAHIMA


What do population health, disease management, predictive modeling, and surgical case indices have in common? They are all a part of bridging coded data to real-time data analytics. Coding professionals have a long history of tran....

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