Even if they have not encountered them in practice yet, health information management professionals may want to familiarize themselves with documents called psychiatric advance directives, a tool mental health professionals are using to help patients receive better care.
Online retail and technology company Amazon plans to get into the healthcare IT industry its Amazon Comprehend Medical software, which is designed to do everything from helping cure cancer to providing clinical decision support.
During a Congressional briefing Wednesday in Washington, DC, AHIMA and other health IT stakeholders advocated for the modernization of HIPAA regulations by expanding the law’s record access provisions to non-covered entities and better defining HIPAA’s “designated record set.”
A recent article detailing the transmission and uses of data gathered by a patient’s CPAP machine reveals that many patients are unaware of the downstream uses of the health data medical devices gather—even when they give consent for their data to be used.
The proposed legislation would require at a federal level that hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, mental health providers, and jails develop a workplace safety plan to protect their employees. Such safety plans could include measures such as hiring more security guards, installing surveillance cameras, and training staff in how to respond to violent incidents.
Former Cleveland Clinic president and CEO Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, who is advising Google as it seeks to enter the healthcare technology industry, envisions a future in which a doctor’s face-to-face conversation with a patient could provide all the information an EHR needs to document that patient’s encounter.