AHIMA-IHE IT Infrastructure White Paper Published for Public Comment

Derived from the Information Governance Initiative, AHIMA and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) have developed a white paper,”Health IT Standards for HIM Practices,” that specifies HIM business practice standards as well as use cases for HIT capabilities to support these practices. IHE is a collaborative of health IT vendors and professional medical associations focused on interoperability of health information systems through standards. The white paper outlines the roadmap for HIM professionals and standards developers to work together to enable interoperability.

AHIMA is holding weekly calls on Mondays beginning June 29 until July 13 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET to solicit comments on the white paper. To join one of these meetings, dial 1-877-668-4493, passcode 922 844 669. Click here to join WebEx meeting (https://ahima.webex.com/ahima/j.php?MTID=m2f0f1b3786e781cde0fc6efc1ea6dd0d).

The white paper is available at http://ihe.net/Public_Comment/#IT.  Comments can be submitted at IT Infrastructure Public Comments (http://ihe.net/ITI_Public_Comments/).

AHIMA has been actively working together with IHE since September 2014. By implementing IHE interoperability specifications, information systems realize efficient data capture, management, exchange, and use of standardized health information and, as a result, enable effective and “trusted” use of information by clinicians, patients, and other stakeholders. The white paper provides a framework for the alignment of the information governance principles, HIM principles and practices, and health IT standards that are needed in health IT products to support HIM objectives.

The paper describes an approach for aligning HIM business practices with capabilities of standards-based HIT products to support information governance in healthcare. The paper also describes a methodology and roadmap for expanding the list of use cases to support business requirements for information governance-based HIM practices.

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