Panel: HIM Should Be at the Center of Patient Engagement Efforts

Two sessions at AHIMA’s 2015 Leadership Symposium, held in Chicago, IL on Friday, underscored the important role health information management (HIM) professionals play in patient advocacy.

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FDA Releases Final Mobile Health App Guidance

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will only exert its considerable oversight powers over mobile health applications and technologies that are likely to pose an adverse effect if used incorrectly, according to final guidance released by the agency on Monday, Sept. 23.

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How to Request Your Medical Records
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How to Request Your Medical Records

If you’ve never requested your medical records from your doctor or hospital before, the process can seem complicated. However, understanding the law, the requirements, and the basic steps will ease the process.

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A PCASSO Retrospective

PCASSO—the Patient Centered Access to Secure Systems Online project—was an early trailblazer in using the Internet to give patients and providers instant access to medical records. The project started in 1996, a time when most people considered the Internet an unsecure and scary place to post a person’s most private and sensitive information. Now, more than 10 years since its creation, PCASSO can be more fully appreciated as an...

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A Cost-Benefit Model for PHRs

Healthcare is badly in need of some cost-savings. A new study suggests that a change in the way we keep health records could save billions. Last week the industry got a look at a cost-benefit model for personal health records. According to the report, widespread use of PHRs could save the US healthcare industry between $13 and $21 billion a year. The Center for Information Technology Leadership (CITL), a nonprofit IT research center...

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