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Cloud Computing 101

Author: Dinh, Angela K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2011


In the past several years cloud computing has gained substantial recognition. However, it is still a relatively new concept for those in the healthcare industry.

Before adopting cloud-based services or applications, organizations need to understand how cloud computing works, the typ....

Sorting out Advance Directives

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2011


Important differences exist in advance directives. Only some grant access to another person's medical records, and that can change with time.

After 50 years of marriage, Rosa Taylor-Payne noticed even the slightest change in her husband, Marvell Payne. So she started to worry when he....

Streamlining Patient and Physician Communication: IT Systems and Internet Offer Paths for Effective Communication for Patient Care

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2010


Many organizations still struggle with ongoing and timely clinical communication among physicians and between physicians and their patients. Physician-to-physician communication for ongoing patient care is especially complex. It requires identifying all physicians involved in the care of a pat....

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....

Data Security Compliance in IT Asset Disposition

Author: Adam, Chris

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: September 28, 2010


Introduction

Stories about the theft of confidential data have made headlines all too frequently over the past few years. This reality is forcing some businesses to face up to an inconvenient truth: Many organizations have no reliable procedures to ensure that the computers and rel....

E-Discovery from the Judicial Perspective

Author: DeLoss, Gerald E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2010


In a typical legal action, judges have a different perspective on the production of electronically stored information (ESI) than do HIM professionals. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, case law, and past experiences with discovery disputes play an important role in how judges view e-discov....

Using Clinical Photos in EHRs

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2010



For most organizations, patient-identifiable source data include data from interpretations, summaries, or notes. These data are usually maintained within the originating department, separate from the HIM department and the health record, and sometimes in a different database. Examples incl....

Managing Audit Trails

Author: Nunn, Sandra L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2009


Audit trails are records with retention requirements, and HIM professionals should include them in their management of electronic health record content. Legal and compliance needs drive audit trail management, but it is complicated by the challenges that IT departments face in storing these la....

Testing Health Record Banking

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2009


Washington State’s experiment in consumer-controlled health records has moved into a pilot phase, transforming the health record banking model from theory to testing. In March the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) announced the launch of three pilot sites that will try out the....

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....

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