Today, healthcare organizations are investing in information technology (IT) at unprecedented rates. And IT is generating more data—of all kinds—than ever before. What’s needed now, says Linda Kloss, RHIA, FAHIMA, is for healthcare organizations to invest in ways to manage, control, and understand all that data. To succeed, they will need an information governance strategy.
Kloss, principal of Kloss Strategic Advisors and AHIMA’s former CEO, called on HIM professionals to step up to the current data integrity challenge during Thursday’s AHIMA Health Information Integrity Summit in Chicago, IL.
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. 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.
View a wrap-up video of highlights and news from the 2012 AHIMA Convention and Exhibit, held September 29 to October 4 in Chicago, IL.
Just because information can be exchanged electronically doesn’t mean it can be digitally analyzed. Data needs to be structured using clear electronic standards for HIM professionals and other health IT specialists to analyze and use the data. Much of the data generated in healthcare – like progress notes and other transcribed documents – are unstructured and therefore not available for electronic analysis. But work has been done to add structure to this information and allow providers the chance to finally digitally analyze a patients’ entire health story.
The use of electronic health records (EHRs) that include decision-support tools such as electronic medication checklists, in place of paper-based systems, significantly reduces instances of hospital medication errors, according to a recent study.
“Enhance the Accuracy of Medication Histories for the Elderly by Using an Electronic Medication Checklist,” published in the fall issue of Perspectives in Health Information Management, found that using electronic medication checklists at the time of admission improved accuracy in the attainment of patients’ medication histories.
Staff-related issues and the complications of new technologies were among the issues addressed Tuesday by Jim Sheldon-Dean, BS, MS, founder and director of compliance services at Vermont-based consulting firm Lewis Creek Systems, LLC, during a session that addressed mitigation strategies for top HIPAA security issues.
Everything in healthcare begins with the patient, according to Tuesday’s general session speakers.
“If we can innovate new tools, services, applications, and service models, we can contribute to better care for the patient,” said Wil Yu Tuesday morning during his general session presentation. Yu, who is senior advisor of innovation for the city and county of San Francisco, told the audience that this time is a “long summer” of healthcare innovation as a number of forces come together to move the industry forward.
The goal of the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) program is simple enough—to improve the care coordination and delivery for the approximately 22 million veterans that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) currently serves. But traversing the road towards the effective exchange of health information has required careful planning and proficient management of challenges.