A paradigm shift in the form of electronic health records has rocked the health information management (HIM) profession, opening up vast opportunity for innovation in HIM processes and products.
If health information technology is going to significantly impact the healthcare industry, policymakers need to empower patients, reform payment systems, and remove inappropriate pre-digital era regulatory barriers, according to a report from an international innovation work group.
September marks the three year anniversary of the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) requirement that healthcare providers and their business associates report large-scale breaches for public online posting.
No information request traffic jams. No toll road trips to the physical HIM department. Just an open and instant route to patient health information. But building and managing a patient portal requires HIM knowledge and expertise.
While long-term care and post-acute care facilities are not officially eligible to take part in the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program, many facilities are still closely watching the quality measures and health IT standards called for in the program. Others are actually working on implementing certified health IT systems and voluntarily meeting the meaningful use measures as a way to be more patient-centric as well as prepare for future government incentive programs, according to John Derr, R.Ph, a strategic clinical technology consultant with Golden Living, LLC. Derr is also a member of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) Consumer/Patient Engagement Power Team, a subgroup that works to ensure the health IT certification standards are created with healthcare patients—and long term care facilities—in mind.