Health Information Management (HIM)

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Health Information Management (HIM) is the process of protecting, analyzing, inspecting and acquiring medical information such as health records, each time a patient is seen by a healthcare provider. The HIM professional is an important connection between doctors, nurses, patients, insurance companies and everyone in the medical field. Every time a healthcare professional sees and treats a patient, they record what they observed, how the patient was treated medically, and future steps in the treatment plan discussed between the patient and the healthcare worker. The medical record includes the patient’s symptoms, medical history that includes past, present, and family history, results of studies, such as x-ray reports, or lab results, diagnosis,…show more content…
Since Electronic health records were discovered, providers were able to make better decisions, provide quality care, and reduce medical errors by improving the accuracy of medical records. The number of patients and visits to medical offices and ERs have increased exponentially since 1900s. Technology now days have helped millions of doctors to provide more efficient care to their patients by having access to previous medical records. AHIMA’s mission is improve healthcare by advancing best practices and standards for health information management. Their mission also includes to be a trusted source of information for further education and future…show more content…
The patient is diagnosed with HIV/AIDS after having numerous blood tests and a kidney scan performed. After evaluation, treatment and determining the diagnosis of his condition, he will be discharged in three days. All of his health records must be stored, protected and only authorized personnel should have an access to his confidential records. His confidential health records may consist of demographics, diagnosis, medical history, medication list, blood test results, kidney scan results, treatment, plan of care and discharge summary. HIM professionals constantly try to ensure the patient records are accurate and complete so mistakes can be avoided. As more healthcare settings adopt electronic health records, physicians will have greater access to patient information, which will contribute to better outcome of patient’s
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