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.
The movement to give patients electronic access to doctors’ notes continues to gain momentum, as additional studies garner positive feedback from participating patients.
“The paper and PDF forms just aren’t working for patients or for professionals,” Bechtel said. “Our records systems are in a time of transition…We realized if we could just help you clarify even a small percentage of requests, make it exquisitely clear, then improving patient experience could make your job easier.”
Most hospitals have upgraded or are planning to upgrade their EHRs to meet certification criteria, and hospitals are sharing more data electronically than ever before, according to an ONC analysis of American Hospital Association data.
With numerous health systems experiencing mergers and acquisitions, interoperability and health information management have presented a significant barrier toward optimal care delivery and improved patient outcomes. The integrity of patient data can be threatened when patient records converged from different electronic health record (EHR) systems can’t be correctly matched and linked.
AHIMA recently responded to a 21st Century Cures Act-mandated request for information from ONC regarding reporting criteria under the EHR Reporting Program for health IT developers.