When a professional practice roundtable at AHIMA’s 2017 Convention discussed the latest strategies for addressing patient matching with a full house, three key themes emerged during the session.
Why is patient matching important? Why is information governance (IG) important? And how are the two linked together?
A recent survey with AHIMA members revealed that over half of HIM professionals routinely work on mitigating possible patient record duplicates at their facility, and of those 72 percent work on mitigating duplicate records weekly. Contributing to the issue, less than half (47 percent) of respondents state they have a quality assurance step in their registration or post registration process, and face a lack of resources to adequately correct duplicates.
Due to lacking federal regulations and actions on health information interoperability, private organizations are starting to fill in the gaps.
A closer look at EHR use in zoos reveals HIM professionals and zoo veterinarians have more in common than they might expect might—and could even have something to learn from their practices.