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Implementing a Document Imaging System

Author: Myjer, D'Arcy; Madamba, Roderick

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002

The benefits of a document imaging system are myriad once it's installed—it's the implementation that you need to prepare for. In this article, get a bird's eye view of one facility's implementation and the many lessons learned along the way.

Healthcare has been inching toward....

Journal Q&A (9/02)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: September 02, 2002

Q: What is a virtual shredder?
A: The phrase "virtual shredder" refers to software that recognizes deleted files and overwrites "free" space with random information to prevent recovery of the original material.

When you delete a computer file, that area on the disk is mark....

Imaging System Propels HIM Department to EHR

Author: Bechert, Londa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002

St. Vincent Hospital and Health Services in Indianapolis, IN, is a member of the Ascension Health network, a nationwide Catholic health ministry. The HIM department has centralized responsibility for the main campus (650 beds) in Indianapolis, the St. Vincent Carmel Hospital (65 beds), and mul....

Making Your Data Warehouse HIPAA Compliant

Author: Reinke, Brian

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: July 02, 2002

Now a proven technology, data warehousing is entering into widespread use. Detailed patient records of many organizations are now being electronically archived using data warehousing. The goal of using this computer technology is to retain information for years so it can be used for various m....

Get Serious About Paper Record Destruction

Author: Mead, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2002

How serious are you about your document destruction processes? There are steps that you can take that ensure protection from liability and embarrassment after the records are tagged for disposal. Merely saying “we shred our old records” and “we have a certificate of destruction&....

Journal Q&A (4/02)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: April 02, 2002

Q: The physician practice I work for often receives photocopies of health information sent in anticipation of a new patient consultation or appointment. If the individual never presents to the practice, how long must our practice retain this health information?

A: While healthcare....

Document Imaging: Lessons Learned

Author: Myjer, D'Arcy; Madamba, Roderick

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 10, 2001


As all of us realize, healthcare is slowly moving toward an electronic medical record environment. The reasons today are just as valid as they were 20 years ago: immediate access to the patient record, less time charting and more time caring for patients, better....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2001

Q: The nursing department has asked the HIM department for assistance in creating an organized process for thinning inpatient charts. Is there a standardized method that I could suggest?

Q: Are there standards for establishing chart document order either during or....

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