Health Information Integrity Takes the Spotlight at Summit

While moving to an electronic health record (EHR) has proven to simplify some bulky paper processes and also promises advances in information quality, the change can complicate delivering core HIM initiatives related to privacy and security, information analysis, and legal compliance.

Ensuring safe, useable, and quality data for healthcare has long been part of the mission of HIM professionals. This week healthcare stakeholders will meet to discuss the best ways to effectively transition HIM’s mission to the electronic environment during AHIMA’s Health Information Integrity Summit.

Running November 8-9 in Chicago, IL, the summit will convene thought leaders and professionals in the area of policy making, informatics, and law to explore the legal and compliance issues associated with the adoption of EHR systems.

Recent federal health IT policy changes like ARRA-HITECH and the meaningful use EHR Incentive Program, and fundamental changes in the US healthcare delivery systems, are driving many providers to implement EHRs. But this switch to health IT often impacts the quality and safety of healthcare provided—either positively or negatively, depending on how systems are utilized.

The Health Information Integrity Summit aims to present a new vision for effective health information management that addresses emerging EHR issues, according to AHIMA officials.

Summit presenters will discuss:

  • Strategies for health information governance and stewardship
  • Moving from a document-centric model to a data-centric model
  • Legal and compliance issues of the official health record
  • Impact of ICD-10 on documentation integrity
  • Data content and standards for health information exchange
  • Analytics and use of data to ensure healthy information integrity and quality care
  • Other topics related to the use and integrity of health information in EHRs

 

Presenter Lorraine Fernandes, RHIA, global healthcare ambassador at IBM, will discuss on November 8 how Big Data can be used in the EHR environment to better meet privacy, security, and information governance issues.

On November 9, summit attendees will learn how to mitigate the unintended consequences of using EHRs and health information exchanges from presenters Kathy Kenyon, JD, senior policy analyst at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, and Joan Ash, PhD, MLS, MS, MBA, professor and vice-chair of the department of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine.

AHIMA officials have said they hope summit attendees gain an in-depth understanding of health information integrity’s emerging issues and how health IT can aid in improving and transforming healthcare.

Watch the Journal of AHIMA website November 8-9 for onsite coverage of the Health Information Integrity Summit.

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