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HIM Director on Cutting Edge of Electronic Records

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2004


As the director of medical records at RML Specialty Hospital in Hinsdale, IL, Donna Hofer, RHIA, is essentially responsible for all the functions of an HIM department. Coding, transcription, release of information, and compliance auditing all fall under Hofer’s jurisdiction. But her org....

Overcoming Barriers To Adopting And Implementing Computerized Physician Order Entry Systems In U.S. Hospitals

Author: Poon, Eric G.; Blumenthal, David; Jaggi, Tonushree ; Honour, Melissa M; Bates, David W; Kaushal, Rainu ; Health Affairs

Source: External web site

Publication Date: July 02, 2004

Senior management at twenty-six hospitals was interviewed to identify ways to overcome barriers to adopting and implementing CPOE. Findings presented here highlight several policy levers to speed the adoption of this important patient safety technology.

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....

EHR: Life after the Draft Standard Is Approved

Author: Mon, Donald T.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2004


In the March 2004 issue of the Journal of AHIMA, this column described how the second version of the EHR functional outline and draft standard currently being developed by the Health Level 7 (HL7) EHR Special Interest Group appeared to be dramatically improved over the first version, which was....

Getting Information "to the Fingertips"

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: April 2004


Stacey Bradley's daughter was playing basketball in Libby, MT, when a teammate injured her hand. The teammate was rushed to the local hospital, where x-rays determined that surgery was required. The closest facility was back in Kalispell, the team's hometown, 90 miles away. When the injured bal....

Further Defining e-HIM

Author: Mon, Donald T.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004


As articulated in “A Vision of the e-HIM Future,” health information in 2010 will be “electronic, patient-centered, comprehensive, longitudinal, accessible, and credible.”1 As we transform from a paper to an electronic health information infrastructure over the next few....

Journal Q&A (2/04)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: February 02, 2004

Q: Our organization is building an electronic health record. What do we need to consider as we develop a printing policy?
A: As the evolution to the electronic health record will likely include points at which a hybrid, or part-electronic, part-paper, record exists, the printing of all or part....

E-HIM: a "Glocal" Challenge

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2004


The US is embarked on a public works agenda as major as highways, water works, and electrical grids. This same agenda is being pursued around the world in many developed and developing countries. It is a worldwide project to design and implement electronic health information systems. As HIM pr....

Panel Hears 'Drumbeat' for Future in EHR Efforts

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2004


In 2010 will HIM professionals be working in a paperless environment in the context of a robust national health information infrastructure? According to a panel of experts, public and private entities are taking steps to move closer to this goal. Leading decision makers and public policy exper....

Journal Q&A (11/03)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: November 02, 2003

Q: How does AHIMA plan to be involved in the development of a functional model for the EHR?

A: AHIMA has been a voting member of HL7 for approximately 10 years and attends the group’s regularly scheduled plenary meetings three times a year. This year AHIMA increased staff attendance....

Journal Q&A (11/03)

Author: AHIMA Professional Practice Team

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: November 02, 2003

Q: I heard about meetings held around the country to discuss a functional model for the EHR. What are these about and who sponsored them?

A: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) asked Health Level 7 (HL7) to develop a model—specifically concerning functionality....

E-mail Best Practices Maximize Efficiency

Author: Barron, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2003


Can you imagine having to go to the fax machine every time you needed to send someone a message or document? Can you imagine if you had to write a letter and go through the process of “snail mailing” every time you wanted to reach out to someone professionally? True, the US Postal Se....

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