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Patient Side of Telemedicine

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



Two years ago, I travelled to central Honduras to volunteer my time and HIM expertise at a clinic that supports the primary care needs of 90,000 people. It was an experience I’ll never forget. Access to specialists is few and far between so the clinic had recently implemented telemedicine....

Improved Patient Engagement for LGBT Populations: Addressing Factors Related to Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity for Effective Health Information Management

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017


One of the Healthy People 2020 objectives from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is to improve the health, safety, and well-being of individuals in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population.1 This population faces health disparities with barriers to healt....

Send in the (Potentially Life-Saving) Drones

Author: Journal of AHIMA Staff

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017


None of the incredible advances in medical technology or pharmacology are any good if they’re inaccessible to people who need them the most. But that’s exactly what’s happening in rural Appalachia, especially in southwestern Virginia’s economically depressed coal counties, where large swaths of....

Working with an Electronic Medical Record in Ambulatory Care: A Study of Patient Perceptions of Intrusiveness

Author: Rizer, Milisa K; Sieck, Cynthia J; Lehman, Jennifer S; Hefner, Jennifer L; Huerta, Timothy R; McAlearney, Ann Scheck

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: January 2017


Abstract


Objective: To assess patient perceptions of electronic medical record (EMR) intrusiveness during ambulatory visits to clinics associated with a large academic medical center.


Methods: We conducted a survey of patients seen at any of 98 academic medical cente....

Effect of Telehealth Interventions on Hospitalization Indicators: A Systematic Review

Author: Kalankesh, Leila R.; Pourasghar, Faramarz; Nicholson, Lorraine; Ahmadi, Shamim; Hosseini, Azamol-sadat

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: October 2016


Abstract


Background: Telehealth has been defined as the remote delivery of healthcare services using information and communication technology. Where resource-limited health systems face challenges caused by the increasing burden of chronic diseases and an aging global population,....

Making the Call for Patient Experience: Using Health IT to Address Gaps in Patient Data-Sharing, Communication, and Interoperability

Author: Labow, Kim

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2016



Interoperability and integration within the health IT landscape remain high priorities for providers, patients, and technology firms. Interoperability in health IT holds the promise of more satisfied patients, providers, and health information management (HIM) professionals. But approachi....

Examining Oversight of the Privacy & Security of Health Data Collected by Entities Not Regulated by HIPAA

Author: U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Source: Government (U.S.) | U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for HIT

Publication Date: July 2016

As more and more health information is digitized with tools like wearables, fitness trackers and even health social media, the need to make sure identifiable health information is private and secure increases. ONC looks at the challenges of protecting this information.

Perceptions of the Benefits of Telemedicine in Rural Communities

Author: Potter, Andrew J; Ward, Marcia M; Natafgi, Nabil; Ullrich, Fred; MacKinney, A Clinton; Bell, Amanda L; Mueller, Keith J

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: July 2016


Abstract


Telemedicine is a means of improving care quality and access in rural areas, but limited evidence is available on how telemedicine affects the hospital-community relationship. We examined hospital staff perceptions about the ways in which rural communities benefited from....

Can Data Save a Life?

Author: James, Wendy

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: June 15, 2016



The technological advances that have taken place over the past 25 years have been nothing short of phenomenal. When I reflect on the things I have experienced, not only in my professional career, but the technological advances I have seen over the course of my life  across the board i....

'Patient First' Should Be Our Mission

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2016



During my many years working in healthcare I have received several forms of training regarding mission statements and putting our patients first.


When I first joined the health information management (HIM) profession, I did not fully understand the trials and tribulations....

Personal Health Records: Beneficial or Burdensome for Patients and Healthcare Providers?

Author: Lester, Melissa; Boateng, Samuel; Studeny, Jana; Coustasse, Alberto

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: April 2016


Abstract


Personal health records (PHRs) have been mandated to be made available to patients to provide increased access to medical care information, encourage participation in healthcare decision making, and enable correction of errors within medical records. The purpose of this s....

OCR Clarifies Policy on Medical Record Request Fees

Author: Greene, Adam H

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2016



In 2009, CONGRESS passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which granted individuals a right to have a copy of their records sent to a third party, according to 42 U.S.C. § 17935(e) of the regulation.


Unfortunately, many attorn....

Managing PHI Content Standards

Author: Sawatsky, Elaine; Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2016



Interoperability standards and their continuing adoption by e-health programs expand the capacity of information systems to capture, use, and exchange clinical data. For exchange to occur, the majority of data processing decisions need to take place both computationally and automatically.....

Patient Portal Toolkit

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA toolkit

Publication Date: March 2016

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide guidance on the issues and challenges that should be considered when implementing a patient portal, such as the types of policies and procedures that will need to be put into place, workforce and consumer education and training, and the legal requirements and considerations that must be accounted for a successful portal implementation. Sample forms, portal use agreement, and patient portal FAQs are also included.

Educating Consumers on Their Privacy, Security Rights

Author: Glondys, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2016



AHIMA has continually recognized the importance of consumer engagement in healthcare through education and advocacy. Through its partnership with other patient advocacy organizations and investments in its own consumer-focused initiatives, AHIMA has demonstrated its commitment to helping c....

Consumer Engagement Toolkit

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA toolkit

Publication Date: 2016

This toolkit provides a wide variety of resources and tools for HIM and other healthcare professionals who are developing procedures to support the goals of a consumer engagement initiative.

Telehealth Holds Promise for the Future of Healthcare

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016



In Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly traveled from 1985 to 2015, and while there he used videoconferencing to communicate with his coworker Needles. Although the real 2015 might not be exactly the world that Marty McFly found in the movie, teleconferencing with a doctor and other te....

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