Embracing the knowledge and expertise of an HIM professional can help achieve long-term viable solutions that are efficient and can help improve the quality of healthcare.
I have discussed the importance of preservation of electronically stored information (ESI) in multiple Legal e-Speaking posts, as well as the potential consequences of not doing so. A recent court decision, Small v. University Medical Center, offers an example of both the importance of preservation of electronically stored information (ESI) and the potential consequences of not doing so.
Capturing sexual orientation/gender identity information will assist in providing more patient-centered treatment/care, encourage staff to provide more culturally-sensitive services to all patients, including those that are LGBTQ, and reduce health disparities through monitoring of the quality of treatment/care to LGBTQ patients.
It feels like it has been much longer since the days when many coding professionals were working in the basement of a hospital, still coding from paper charts, the idea of being able to work from home much more dream than reality—but the telecommuting coder has been a relatively recent phenomenon.
While robots are not yet mainstream in healthcare, strides are being made in implementing the technology.
Many of the actions identified in the GAO report are related to critical actions needed within healthcare organizations that fall under the purview of information governance.