Wednesday’s Top Stories from AHIMA Today

Those unable to attend AHIMA’s 82nd Convention and Exhibit in Orlando, FL, can catch up on all the latest convention news and events by reading the digital edition of AHIMA Today, the on-site convention newsletter. Use your regular Web browser to start paging through the same full-color edition that attendees are reading on site.

Here are the top stories from the Wednesday issue:

HIM in the Middle

How do HIM and the use of health information technology make an impact on patients? On Tuesday, general session speakers shared their perspectives on the intersection of HIM and patient care in the healthcare landscape.

US Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, shared how her experience as a family physician in a rural area helped her understand the value of electronic health records (EHR) for public health. As founder and former CEO of the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic in Alabama, she persevered through Hurricane Georges in 1998 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. To recover patient records, Benjamin said, they had to spread them on the ground outside to dry.  The next year, the clinic was destroyed in a fire and “we were devastated.”

For the complete story, see page 1.

The Keys to Privacy and Security

It is imperative that privacy and security work together continuously to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of all PHI. During the Tuesday presentation “Developing an HIM-Centric Privacy and IT Security Approach in Healthcare,” Cathy L. Cothran, BBA, CHP, and Beth A. Kost-Woodrow, BS, RHIA, explained how their organization, WellStar Health System, strives for a unified privacy and security initiative.

For the complete story, see page 4.

Inching Toward the ICD-10 Finish Line

Early results of the ICD-10 planning and preparation survey are in, and they indicate that while some progress has been made in the two years since the survey was last conducted, much work remains to be done.

For the complete story, see page 20.

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