Kaiser Permanente has been equipped since 2007 with Health Connect; which is the largest private electronic health record implementation in the world. This is a highly sophisticated electronic program that integrates inpatient, outpatient, and clinic medical records with appointments, registration, pharmacy, and billing for all kaiser members. In addition, this electronic program includes an entire medical library with a whole set of care support tools which are accessible to doctors, nursing staff and patients (Kaiser Permanente, n.d.). At kaiser permanente; nurses are expected to print out “the after-visit summary” (AVS), which contain the doctor recommendations for each patient that we see.
Introduction Health is the way that gives a freedom from disease and sickness. Technological innovation has yielded a phenomenal growth in health care to deliver good health practice and patient outcome. One of the paramount outcome from technology in health care is ehealth. ehealth is an emerging practice in the fields of health and medical, that is delivered through technology by communication and information technologies to improve efficiency, effectiveness and quality of clinical and business process that are in practice by healthcare institutions for better healthcare even in remote places. Using ehealth will help in advanced quality of care, minimises the medical errors and from the organizational view it helps in financial aspects and is easy to work 2.
Health Information Exchange Providers across the U.S. are turning to the Health Information Exchange also known as HIE. HIE provides secure online access to patients charts among a network of providers, hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies who join in the exchange, so they can have timely electronic access to records their patients will allow them to share. For patients this means having their medical records available no matter where they go and for providers it means having instant access to life saving information when seconds count
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a vital part of the health care industry’s day to day business. HIPAAs procedures define how healthcare companies receive and handle their clients’ health care information. HIPAA helps to protect the patient’s personal information through confidentiality and security procedures while being transferred, handled or shared with other healthcare providers (Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules, 2013). When a patient’s privacy is not regulated, third parties could buy and sell the information without the patients’ authorization. With HIPAA being in place, it prevents healthcare employees from divulging any patient information they
There are distinct advantage to embracing Health IT. Fully integrated EHRs enable rapid adaptation away from a volume-based care delivery model toward an alternative quality-based model. Tracking and improving quality of care with key performance indicators is essential to meet HHS and consumer expectation. Providers and clinicians participating in the CMS Shared Savings Program will find access to clinical intelligence enables efficient reporting and performance monitoring.
The focus of this paper will be geared toward the impact that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and Health Information Technology have on the cost of health care. The regulations connected to HIPAA have an impact on cost through enforcement, noncompliance, and implementation. HIPAA is a vital tool in the protection of PHI of patients and the improvement of the Medicare and Medicaid programs (Cleverly). Trying to contribute to the improvement of Medicare alone can be a daunting and expensive task alone, but to add the addition of protecting the health records of millions of patients adds to the rising cost. Health Information Technology (HIT), aids in the enforcement of HIPAA and helps with billing patients accurately for services that they have received (Wizemann).
In her assessment of the American Reinvestment & Recovery Act (ARRA), Murphy (2009) discusses how its enactment provided unprecedented funding for the advancement of health information technology (HIT) which served to promote health care reform. Electronic health records (EHRs) by extension received a boost via incentivization for appropriate use in hospitals and ambulatory settings (Murphy, 2009). The benefits of EHRs include the ability to improve the delivery and quality of nursing care, the ability to make more timely and efficient nursing care decisions for nursing, the ability to avoid errors that might harm patients and the ability to promote health and wellness for the patients (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2015). An appropriate use of EHR
Then the HHS decided to establish security and privacy requirements for patient health information; standards for electronic health care transactions; creating the national identifiers (for providers, health insurance providers, employers, patients); encouraging the widespread use of electronic data interchange in healthcare system. All of these standardizations, became known as Administrative Simplification, which has Rules that addresses specific issues in order to create basic standards for states to follow (and improve
Moreover, the American Health Information Management Association exhibits their unique attributes to the health care community by assuming leadership roles in informatics, data analytics, information governance, and consumer education, while creating health intelligence that used to lower costs and improve patient care (AHIMA.org, 2017). Equally important are the organizational alliances that support the goals and functions of the AHIMA. In recent view of the organization’s background, the linkage with other organizations such as 3M, GeBBS, MRO, Oxford HIM, AHIOS, AHRQ, and CDC/ National Center for Health Statistics has aided in the success of AHIMA becoming the prime leader in the health care delivery cycle. Furthermore, these organizational alliances equally benefited from this linkage by sharing research, education, and effective marketing
“Electronic health information exchange (HIE) allows doctors, nurses, pharmacists, other health care providers and patients to appropriately access and securely share a patient’s vital medical information electronically—improving the speed, quality, safety and cost of patient care” (HealthIT, 2014). Health Information exchange is becoming important in the communication between providers to provide the best care possible to patients. Every state along with their hospitals has their own way of exchanging information between each other. South Carolina’s health information exchange is called “SCHIEx” (AHIMA, 2010). “SCHIEx provides a state-level information infrastructure for connecting local healthcare providers and other stakeholders” (AHIMA,
An integrated health team approach offers a standard and integrated model of practice for government agencies highest-cost beneficiaries. Probable initial increase in fees associated with funding a managed care program. Extensive collaboration/policy making would need to consolidate resources. Health care administration.
It eliminated a lot of strenuous work for me. Consumer-Mediated Exchange provides patients with access to their health information, allowing them to manage their health care online in a way that is comparable to how they might manage their finances through online banking. When in control of their own health information, patients can actively participate in their care coordination by, identifying and correcting wrong or missing health information, identifying and correcting incorrect billing information, tracking and monitoring their own health. ("What is HIE Health Information Exchange?") I also was able to experience this type of exchange for myself when I needed a letter for something my doctor has previously typed up, I was able to log into my chart and print it for myself.
Health Management Information System (HMIS) is a process of collection, processing, and reporting the relevant information to health care providers and managers for effective and efficient planning and service delivery. It is one of the critical elements of managing, in an integrated fashion, various public health programmes under the department of Health. Properly organized, implemented and used HMIS can alone contribute very significantly to improve program delivery and thus the outcome. Thus accurate, relevant and up-to-date information is essential for the health service providers /manager at all levels so that they can initiate action on the gaps in the system based on evidence and information.