Reducing Healthcare Disparities through PHRs

Can health IT help reduce disparities in quality of care caused by racial and ethnic differences, geographic isolation, poverty, and low health literacy and consumer involvement? Authors of a new Journal web-exclusive story discuss the potential of personal health records to mitigate healthcare disparities. HIM professionals can play four important roles, the authors write: Advocating, designing, and testing PHR products that are...

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Understanding National Coverage Policies

“Present on admission indicators, hospital-acquired conditions, serious reportable events, and ‘wrong’ surgical events are each hot topics,” write the authors of a “Coding Notes” column in this month’s print issue. “However, they also can be a hot topic together, because a number of these reporting requirements are interrelated.” Jane Cook, Cheryl D’Amato, Gail Garrett, Becky Ruhnau-Gee, Linda Hyde, and Natalie Novak sort out...

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Teaching Lean Thinking in HIM

In the June print issue Robert James Campbell writes on applying lean thinking techniques to healthcare. The process improvement technique can be used to identify and eliminate waste in any activity. Campbell, an assistant professor at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, teaches the lean thinking technique to health services and health information students. Here he shares one project in which students reengineer a patient...

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Journal of AHIMA – June 2009

The June cover article examines the field of information therapy: getting patients the information they need to better manage their health. The other features report on whether stimulus funds will pay off in health information consumers can use and the lean thinking philosophy for those organizations looking to more effectively manage their resources and staff in this tight economy. Members may read all stories online in the AHIMA...

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