Obtaining access to one’s written or electronic medical records in a timely manner is one of the guarantees listed in AHIMA’s “Consumer Health Information Bill of Rights.” Yet, for one consumer, Amanda Michelle Jones, MS, AM, being on a first-name basis with medical records department staff is the quickest and most reliable way of ensuring she gets copies of her records when she needs them for upcoming appointments.
Medical records containing sensitive patient information like Social Security numbers and treatment details have been left scattered throughout an abandoned medical facility on the north side of Chicago for nearly 12 years.
Deborah Green, MBA, RHIA, AHIMA vice president of HIM solutions, discusses the changes she’s seen in health records during her professional lifetime.
“HIM and health IT are finding that the scope and responsibilities of individual job functions are increasingly crossing department domains,” write the authors of the practice brief “HIM and Health IT,” published in this month’s issue. They note a “universal need for alignment between the two disciplines to ensure that both business processes and technology are in place to advance successfully toward a fully functional [electronic...