The first Legal eSoeaking post of 2019 takes a look at a recent decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that addresses the question of “whether an employer has a legal duty to use reasonable care to safeguard its employees’ sensitive personal information that the employer stores on an internet-accessible system.” This decision offers a classic example of how the common law (judge-made law) can be used to establish rights and remedies to economic injuries allegedly caused by new technologies.
As the coding profession has evolved tremendously, so too have the needs of coding professionals. Experienced coders need education and training tools that will elevate their skill set to match the needs of employers. Today, coders need to be clinically savvy to make intelligent decisions about the documentation.
Assigning newborns temporary names at birth is a common practice for hospitals. As a result, a large volume of patients with similar identifiers could potentially result in duplicate records and increase the risk for sentinel events (e.g. circumcision performed on wrong patient).
Always remember, IG is about information and HIM professionals are the healthcare “information experts.”
When the defendant in a recent court case had to admit “it bollixed its litigation hold… to a staggering degree” regarding electronically stored information, the judge determined that there was “little question” that sanctions were warranted, as “such irresponsibility with regard to discovery cannot be countenanced.”
As the discussions at this year’s Data Institute showcased, HIM professionals are working at the nexus of the analytics and informatics fields and are contributing great value to their organizations through their work. Even as AHIMA moves forward with sunsetting the data analytics service/product line “in its current form,” the association recognizes that HIM professionals have a role to play and contributions to make in this arena.