When an Employer Fails to Protect Employee Personal Information
Jan16

When an Employer Fails to Protect Employee Personal Information

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.

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New Year’s Resolutions: Let’s Pledge to Be Informed and Engaged!
Jan09

New Year’s Resolutions: Let’s Pledge to Be Informed and Engaged!

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.

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Temporary Newborn Name Compliance: A Focus on Patient Safety
Dec27

Temporary Newborn Name Compliance: A Focus on Patient Safety

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).

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Speak Up and Stand Out for Information Governance
Dec26

Speak Up and Stand Out for Information Governance

Always remember, IG is about information and HIM professionals are the healthcare “information experts.”

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Court Ruling: Defendant’s “Staggering Degree” of Failure to Preserve ESI Means Sanctions
Dec19

Court Ruling: Defendant’s “Staggering Degree” of Failure to Preserve ESI Means Sanctions

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.”

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Discussing AHIMA’s Vision for Transformation and the Future of HIM in Analytics and Informatics
Dec19

Discussing AHIMA’s Vision for Transformation and the Future of HIM in Analytics and Informatics

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.

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