During the AHIMA Convention & Exhibit in Chicago, Student Advisory Council members from across the country gathered at Sunday’s Student Academy, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, to address their peers about career opportunities, to network, and to share their enthusiasm for the HIM profession.
Identifying trends, advocating for the HIM view, and mobilizing local voices are among the future directions explored by AHIMA’s House of Delegates during its 66th meeting Sunday in Chicago, IL. Delegates from across the country met to validate and prioritize trends to help guide AHIMA’s strategy, share ideas on effectively advocating for the HIM profession, and understand how state leaders and delegates can support national initiatives at the state level.
Health information management principles that support timely, accurate and complete data collection and release are part of the key to meeting recent National Quality Strategy goals aimed at improving healthcare service delivery, patient health outcomes, and population health.
The HIM professional’s role in meeting these goals is defined by their ability to combine emerging technologies with innovative processes, says Bonnie Cassidy, MPA, RHIA, FHIMSS, FAHIMA, vice president of HIM Innovation at QuadraMed. Her October 3 session at the AHIMA Convention and Exhibit will explore why HIM professionals are ideally suited to be leaders in information governance and help ensure integrity across all types of data and stakeholders. In the below Q and A, Cassidy discusses what information governance is, what’s brought it to the forefront now, and the emerging ways that HIM professionals will be involved.
Certification alone does not guarantee that a product will allow providers to achieve attestation to meaningful use. Additional research and other steps toward customization may be necessary as well.
With the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) release of the final rule for the stage 2 meaningful use Electronic Health Record Incentive Program in late August—and stage 3 on the way—it’s more important than ever for providers to understand not only how EHR systems must be used in order to meet meaningful use objectives, but how products are evaluated for certification as well.
The healthcare industry is on a quest to discover and cultivate new methods that deliver the highest quality of care possible to patients everywhere—evidenced by the flurry of new regulations, innovative programs, and revised standards taking shape. Steps toward the future include getting practices crucial information quickly, and revising current processes to encompass the vision of population-based healthcare.