Since 1928, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has been at the forefront in improving healthcare information management. Health Information Management (HIM) is the practice of the acquirement, storage, and protection of crucial information concerning patients’ health and other personal data. Widespread computerization has introduced Electronic Health Records (EHRs), which has continued to replace the traditional paper-based records.
Health information technology can advance the health of individuals and aid with the performance of providers to produce and improve quality and cost savings in patients’ health. In 2009, Congress passed, and former President Obama signed into law the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Buntin, Burke, Hoaglin and Blumenthal, 2011). Authorized by the HITECH Act, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) has worked on health IT. The Health IT created legislation and regulations to provide requirements and certification criteria that the EHRs must meet to ensure health care
The scope of the nursing practice is changing with the improvement of technology. Computer and information technology is just as important to nurses as their stethoscopes, so implementing and using Medical Information Technology (MEDITECH) an Electronic Health Records (EHR) is vital in improving patient care. The importance and knowledge of the possibilities and limitations of EHR systems is brought up throughout this paper. Chilton Hospital and Fairmont General Hospital review their possibilities and limitations about using MEDITECH. Some possibilities include Evidence-Based Documentation, Multidisciplinary Collaboration, Patient Safety, Care Quality, Care Specialties, Time Efficiency, and so on. Some limitations of the MEDITECH
Prior to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), few people anticipated employer-provided health care would disappear as a major player in the United State healthcare arena. However, ACA adoption and has put more than 169 million employees at risk for losing their workplace coverage. Several studies indicate employer-based coverage will decline rapidly over the next decade as the traditional US system is displaced by the healthcare exchange system. While consumers grapple with finding affordable coverage options and providers adjust to the new norms, there is another wrinkle in the mix. In January, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the agency's push toward value-based and alternative reimbursement models. HHS expects 90% of Medicare payments to be directly tied to quality measures by 2018. It is imperative that hospitals, urgent care clinics and frontline providers align their
The healthcare industry generates a great amount of data every day, as a form of record keeping, patient care, compliance, and regulatory requirements. Just a decade ago, all this data was stored in the form of hard copy form, now it is rapidly transforming to digital data which is called EMR (Electronic Medical Record). The digitalization of the healthcare has not just reduced cost of care, but also improved quality of care due to the abundance data that organizations receive from the EMR to identify the flaws in their system.
Antelope Valley Hospital, a 420-bed district hospital located in the city of Lancaster in northern Los Angeles County, has been serving the community for more than 60 years. The area’s only full-service acute-care hospital, AVH provides a full array of medical/surgical services, pediatric treatment, NICU, mental health, cancer care and more. It is a Level II trauma center, Accredited Chest Pain Center, Advanced Primary Stroke Center and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. https://www.avhospital.org/About/Index
Technology and the evolution of Electronic Health Records is an improvement to the efficiency and the effectiveness of how healthcare providers record, communicate and process patient information. According to Practice Fusion, “since 2005, the focus of Practice Fusion is expanding the ability to aggregate clinical data and share it meaningfully, by helping to make healthcare better for everyone. To improve clinical decision, support to tracking Meaningful Use, and provide insight that deliver better, safer and more efficient
Depending on the type of office and the patients there in, will determine what electronic health system you will need. Some doctors have patients that need a high level of care and lots of tests and other documented information, like cardiology. Other offices might be able to use a simple program because they don 't have many patients or the patients they do have don 't require extensive documentation. You have to consider the amount of time you may, or may not have to train the staff and get all the information transferred. Once the needs of the facility are determined, it is then important to decide on a system that will coincide. A beneficial EHR system will have great customer service, keep up on technological advances and good
Another weakness is different payer requirements for certain procedures and treatment. There are various items that can prevent the clinic from obtaining revenue for its services such as not having a prior authorization, the payer deems the treatment wasn’t necessary or the payer implemented a new requirement for this treatment that was not met. These are constantly changing and it is difficult for healthcare organizations to keep up with these ever-changing policies.
As the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Southside Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), I am providing a detailed report of my strategies and recommendations to make sure that the quality and management processes of our healthcare organization are being provided to all members. There has been a complaint filed against the Southside HMO that patients that are enrolled in the Health Plan are not receiving quality healthcare delivery. Southside HMO provides healthcare services for over 495,000 members located in the eastern region of the United States. These strategies and recommendations are for resolving any complaints of denial of healthcare services for referrals to see a specialist by primary
The Sky Lakes Medical Center chart note from February 2, 2014 (an ER note). It states that Ms. Harris was restrained front seat passenger in a vehicle traveling at an estimated 25 mph when it was struck on the front driver’s side by a vehicle traveling at an estimated 40 mpg. It was described as a somewhat glancing blow, not a head on collision. Ms. Harris was restrained with lap and shoulder belts, no airbags deployed and she was not thrown from the vehicle. She did extract herself from the vehicle and she was not knocked unconscious. She remembers pushing the door open with her feet and she remembers getting out of the car. When she got out she was in some bushes and she was helped out of that. At that point she noticed she was having severe
Heritage Valley Medical Center has had a wonderful reputation for providing excellent health care services to their community. Initially, their community was 80% Caucasian, 40% African American, and 5% Hispanic. However, in the last 5 years, the population has changed to more minorities and the whites have moved out to the suburbs. This caused the Center’s occupancy rate to go down 40% because many of their traditional, more affluent, private-pay patients had left the neighborhood. To bring in revenue, they campaigned to bring in more Medicaid patients. By the third year, their patient increased from 10% to 40%. Many are African Americans and Hispanics. The staff, however doesn’t reflect the patients’ diversity. The staff is 85% Caucasian, including nurses, laboratory technologies, pharmacists, and therapists. There are two African American and one Hispanic managers. The executive management staff was 100% white and the support and administrative team were 100% Afrincan American. In a recent survey, only 30% of blacks, 10% of Hispanics and 20% of Asians were very satisfied with their services, compared to 80% of Caucasians. They said they didn’t feel welcomed and nobody understood them. The manager staff had a lot to say back, revealing subconscious racism and bias towards the minority patients, and even toward each other. The problem must be addressed.
Starr County Memorial Hospital provides quality healthcare and services for the overall wellbeing of individuals in the community. No one individual is denied care because of their race, religion, sex, age, nationality, economic status, and insurance status. Starr County Memorial Hospital gives back to the community by providing health education in preventive medicine. The organizational structure at Starr County Memorial Hospital follows the chain of command, beginning with the charge nurse and ending with the board of hospital. Problems that arise are presented in writing within 3 days of the alleged situation. Written complaints are usually taken to the immediate
Arizona’s health care system is somewhat more complicated than that of other states. From 1972 to 1981, Arizona was the only state that had not accepted the federal Medicaid program. Instead, Arizona opted for their own system, where each county in the state was responsible for providing some measure of health care to the poor with their own money. The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) was set up by the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) in 1981. AHCCCS was deemed to be “experimental” and was significantly different from the Medicaid system. Originally run by a private firm, the AHCCCS shifted control to the state starting in 1984. Dr. Donald R. Schallar was hired to head the program. By early 1987, 200,469
Through EHR we are able to provide patients with more fast, effective and efficient care with more easy access to their health record. EHR provide great benefits for the providers, patients, and health care organization. For providers, they are able to obtained