AHIMA, IHE Seeking Public Comment on Patient Registration White Paper

Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) are seeking public comments on their joint white paper entitled “Patient Registration Demographic Data Capture and Exchange.”

Based on the AHIMA Patient Registration Use Case, the paper was developed by the IHE Patient Care Coordination (PCC) Committee with participation of the AHIMA Standards Task Force. The paper specifies the requirements and constraints for patient demographic data that should be collected and exchanged for patient registration during an emergency department visit at a healthcare provider.

“The goal of IHE is to promote implementation of standards-based solutions to improve workflow and access to information in support of optimal patient care,” the authors wrote. The processes outlined in this white paper contribute to the growing body of work in developing standards for HIM practices.

The intended audience of the white paper includes healthcare IT departments, technical staff of vendors participating in the IHE initiative, experts involved in standards development, and individuals interested or involved in integrating healthcare information systems and workflows, according to the white paper.

A press release stated that these data requirements “may be proposed to be published as future IHE Technical Framework Volume 4: United States National Extension to the IHE ITI Patient Administration Management (PAM) Profile for the message-based data exchange.”

The white paper is available for download here. Those who wish to submit comments may download the Public Comment Form here. The form contains instructions for recording and submitting comments.

Sarah Sheber (sarah.sheber@ahima.org) is assistant editor and web editor at Journal of AHIMA.

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