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Authenticating EHR Metadata

Author: McLean, Thomas R

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2009


Any medical malpractice action involving electronic records is likely to raise issues concerning metadata. Metadata are tantamount to an audit trail of how an electronic record was used and modified.

However, before this audit trail can be used in court, it must be authenticated. Whi....

LHRs in the Electronic Record Age: What We Know So Far

Author: McLendon, Kelly

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2006


Legal electronic health records are recognized as key to the development of EHRs in general. Although clinicians and EHR system designers tend to ignore the formal record keeping aspects of EHR system development, the legal ramifications get everyone to take notice. People are curious and will....

Creating a Legal Health Record Definition

Author: McLendon, Kelly

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2012


As a medical record custodian, it is the HIM professional's responsibility to address legal EHR issues proactively rather than reactively. Defining an organization's legal health record (LHR) in advance will enable an entity to be prepared for both routine and high-stress record requests. Ever....

Legal Health Record Update

Author: McLendon, Kelly

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 10, 2007



Legal Health Records (LHR) continue to be major concern and topic of discussion among not only HIM professionals but all stripes of EHR players. “ What is the legal record” is a question that  I hear regularly, which among other things tells us that there is a growing awar....

Sequestering EHR Data in IT Systems

Author: Miaoulis, William M

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2009


There can be three situations under which healthcare organizations may need to sequester (or segregate) certain data within a medical record: placing a legal hold in connection with litigation, limiting disclosures of a record pursuant to a request by a patient, and restricting access to sensi....

Privacy and the EHR

Author: Nelson, Debra S

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011


Determining how to implement privacy regulations and policies in an electronic record environment can not only be daunting but also thought of quite late in the EHR implementation process. Daily processes and tasks such as reviewing the medical record with patients to processing requests for a....

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