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Development of a Web-Based Registry to Support Diabetes Care in Free Medical Clinics

Author: McFadden, Norman; Daniel, Bryan; Hoyt, Robert; Snider, Dallas

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: January 2017


Abstract


The United States has more than 1,000 free medical clinics. Because these clinics do not bill Medicare or Medicaid, they are not eligible for federal reimbursement for electronic health record (EHR) adoption. As a result, most do not have EHRs or electronic disease regist....

Historical Data Analysis of Hospital Discharges Related to the Amerithrax Attack in Florida

Author: Burke, Lauralyn K; Brown, C. Perry; Johnson, Tammie M

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: October 2016


Abstract


Interrupted time-series analysis (ITSA) can be used to identify, quantify, and evaluate the magnitude and direction of an event on the basis of time-series data. This study evaluates the impact of the bioterrorist anthrax attacks (“Amerithrax”) on hospital inpatient disch....

Improving the Collection of Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data to Reduce Healthcare Disparities: A Case Study from an Academic Medical Center

Author: Lee, Wei-Chen; Veeranki, Sreenivas P; Serag, Hani; Eschbach, Karl; Smith, Kenneth D

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: October 2016


Abstract


Well-designed electronic health records (EHRs) must integrate a variety of accurate information to support efforts to improve quality of care, particularly equity-in-care initiatives. This case study provides insight into the challenges those initiatives may face in colle....

Seventh Character Application for Injuries in the Principal Diagnosis and the Impact to Data Quality

Author: Wall, Kathleen E.

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: July 25, 2016



By now, we’ve all had practice assigning 7th characters for injuries. And, by now, we all know that in theory the guidance seems very clear—but the application of this new concept is not clear at all. Why is there so much confusion and why does it matter? What are the short- and long-term....

Achieving Health Information Systems Interoperability

Author: Orlova, Anna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2015



With the growing adoption of health information technology (HIT), interoperability—or the sharing of data between systems—has become a topic that everybody in healthcare is talking about. Interoperability impacts every stakeholder in healthcare with each individual party involv....

Evaluation of an Interactive Surveillance System for Monitoring Acute Bacterial Infections in Nigeria

Author: Joshi, Ashish; Amadi, Chioma; Trout, Kate; Obaro, Stephen

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: April 2014


Abstract


Objective: The objective of the study is to evaluate the usability of a stand-alone, Internet-enabled interactive surveillance system designed to monitor the burden of invasive bacterial infections among children in Nigeria.


Method: A convenience sample of 1....

Setting the Standard: EHR Quality Reporting Rises in Prominence Due to Meaningful Use

Author: Dolin, Robert H; Goodrich, Kate; Kallem, Crystal; Alschuler, Liora; Holtz, Patrice

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2014



Federal quality reporting initiatives are expected to improve our ability to measure the quality of care provided to patients. As Scottish mathematician and physicist Lord Kelvin said more than 100 years ago, “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.” Measurement, in tu....

A New Era for Clinical Quality Measurement Data: Standardization, Automation of Clinical Quality Measurement and Reporting

Author: Taylor, Lisa Brooks

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2013



Set on course by the National Quality Strategy (NQS) and fueled by the "meaningful use" EHR Incentive Program, clinical quality measurement is entering a new era. A primary objective of the NQS, which was developed by a multistakeholder collaboration convened by the National Quality Forum....

Metadata and Meaningful Use

Author: Viola, Allison F.; Mookencherry, Shefali

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2012




The healthcare industry will find out soon if ONC intends to include metadata requirements in stage 2 of the meaningful use program. Many feel it is too soon. But given metadata's potential to support health information exchange, the expanded and standardized use of metadata tagging....

Utah’s All Payer Claims Database

Author: Cofrin, Kelly

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011

Introduction

As part of its decades-long effort to collect, analyze, and report on healthcare quality and cost, Utah has funded and created one of the country’s leading All Payer Claims databases. This data resource brings an unprecedented ability to examine costs for episodes of ca....

Health Information Exchange – Our Successes and Challenges with the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record

Author: Foley, Teresa; Gillen, Zachary; Teal, Jennifer

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011

Background

In the spring of 2009, President Obama announced plans to create a joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) to improve care and services between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense (DoD), and the private sector. President Obama directed the Dep....

HIM Functions in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety. Appendix C: HIM’s Role in Data Capture, Validation, and Maintenance

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief attachment

Publication Date: August 2011


A critical component of AHIMA's draft HIM Core Model, a robust description of the functions and opportunities open to current and future HIM professionals, is capture and maintenance of health data.1 HIM professionals are encouraged to assume a leadership role in outlining how data are captured....

Transcription and Data Capture in the EHR

Author: Dooling, Julie A

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2011


Transcription has always played an important role in HIM, but today it is taking on a new role in supporting the meaningful use program. Organizations are looking to leverage their transcription technology to capture structured data within their electronic health records (EHRs), a requirement....

Migrating from Paper to EHRs in Physician Practices - Retired

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: November 2010


A successful transition from paper-based charts to electronic health records (EHRs) in the physician practice or clinic requires careful coordination of many moving parts. A myriad of challenging and complex decisions must be made, ranging from selection and implementation to training and maint....

Enabling EHR Use in Clinical Research

Author: Seidl, Patricia

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2010


Health information collected in electronic health records (EHRs) can support a variety of initiatives, including clinical research. However, technical standards are needed to enable EHRs to communicate with clinical research applications.

Work from the American National Standards In....

HIM Professional's Role in Enterprise Content Management : Stepping Out of the Department and Into the Organization

Author: May, Michael L.; Martinez, Christina M.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 17, 2008


Background


HIM Professionals can re-assert themselves as integral pieces of the EHR decision-making process for their organization by gaining new operationally appropriate technical competencies and building collaborative partnerships with our IT, clinical informatics, and leaders....

Managing Source System Content in the EHR

Author: Nunn, Sandra L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2008


Many of today’s healthcare entities have hybrid medical records, and policies abound describing what parts of the record are still accessed in paper and what components are now fully electronic. Wherever healthcare organizations are in the race to create fully accessible and secure elect....

Enterprise Content Management from the Ground Up

Author: Nunn, Sandra L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2008


How a project that began with 50 policies and procedures critical to Joint Commission standards is growing into a content management system encompassing thousands of documents from across an organization.
Optimally healthcare organizations should arrive at an enterprise content management....

Making Sense of Standards: New HL7 Group Seeks to Coordinate a Multitude of Health Data Standard Efforts

Author: Hammond, William Edward; McCourt, Brian

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2007


Early efforts to create health data standards were led primarily by vendors, with support from providers. Vendors were right to take the reins on these standards, as most addressed technical issues related to interfacing best-of-breed systems or transmitting transaction data for reimburse....

Unwrapping Data Standards

Author: Rollins, Gina

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2007


Data content standards affect a wide range of day-to-day HIM work. Here’s what you need to know.
They may sound like they belong up in the IT stratosphere, but data content standards-or the lack of them-affect a wide range of day-to-day HIM work right here on....

Public Health: a Special Case for Data Standards

Author: Rollins, Gina

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2007


The need for thorough, rapid, and reliable public health data reporting was brought home starkly in the fall of 2006 when nearly 200 people were sickened and at least three died after eating packaged spinach that had been contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Yet despite its importance, pub....

Development of HMIS in Least Developed Country Settings: the Case for Uganda

Author: Kintu, Peter; Nayunja, Miriam ; Nzabanita, Amos ; Magoola, Ruth

Source: IFHRO Congress | AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Background

Planning, monitoring, and evaluation of healthcare programmes provides a strong foundation for the realisation of quality health service delivery systems. This involves regular collection, analysis, and interpretation of health information to guide proper decision-making and d....

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)....

Registries and Networks in Healthcare

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Introduction

Trauma registry is a relatively new development in the US when compared to other countries such as New Zealand. Many states, such as Oklahoma, has had a trauma registry reporting system for less than five years. During that time, Oklahoma has made this a mandatory reporting....

On the Line (May 2004)

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: AHIMA Q and A | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2004


Q: The October 2003 Journal of AHIMA published an article on cutting and pasting entries into the EHR. Our EHR does not allow entries to be cut and pasted. Is this functionality missing from our EHR?
A: No. The question you raise is not an issue of missing functionality but one of using....

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....

Changing Face of Public Health Reporting

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2002


In recent months, anthrax outbreaks and concern over bioterrorism threats have created a greater need for the US to have a system to monitor and report public health information in a timely manner. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are developing standards for a new approach....

Quick Take on Clearinghouses

Author: McLaughlin, Mark

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001




HIPAA's provisions have brought healthcare clearinghouses into the spotlight. What is a clearinghouse, and how is its role affected by the new regulations? This article answers these questions.

A clearinghouse is typically used to collect, validate, and distribute insurance c....

Journal Q&A (6/98)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: June 02, 1998


Q: What processes need to be developed to standardize data collection?


A: The list includes, but is not limited to, the following processes:
Appropriate education and training programs
Timely and appropriate communication of data definitions to those ....

Journal Q&A (6/98)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: June 02, 1998


Q: How do you "validate" a data collection instrument?

A: The purpose of validating the data collection instrument—including paper forms and computer screens—is to:
ensure that the data collected will support the intent of collecting the data....