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.
When we talk about healthcare data, the focus is primarily on data analytics: usage, analysis, and predictive modeling to drive decisions and actions. We need more emphasis on data integrity, but how do we make it happen?
In this web series, HIM professionals working in emerging roles give advice on tackling difficult HIM problems.
VA Scheduling Scandal Investigation Reveals Troubling Data Integrity Practices, Takes Down Secretary
A government report on Veterans Health Administration (VA) scheduling practices have uncovered much more than a deeply flawed patient management system. It also revealed lapses in data integrity and information governance and has led to the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. Many HIM professionals are closely watching the case, as it raises health information ethics and health record accuracy questions.
To err is human, but to really foul things up, you need a computer. So stated the introductory slide for the convention session “To Err is Human…To Correct Takes an HIM Professional” presented by Mary Jedlicka, RHIT, and Nick Judd, MBA, RHIA, from the Cleveland Clinic Health System.