• Fall 2017 Introduction

    The Fall 2017 issue of Perspectives in Health Information Management features the latest research on topics such as automated vaccine documentation, a review of usability issues in Australia PHR system, and repurposing EHR data to identify fall risks.

    Authors of the study, “An Electronic Health Record Data-driven Model for Identifying Older Adults at Risk of Unintentional Falls,” studied the use of de-identified EHR data to support fall prevention. The research revealed a list of facts (such as age, sex, and specific diagnoses) that could be useful in determining high-risk fall patients.  

Fall 2017 Issue

  • An Electronic Health Record Data-driven Model for Identifying Older Adults at Risk of Unintentional Falls

    Screening for risk of unintentional falls remains low in the primary care setting because of the time constraints of brief office visits. National studies suggest that physicians caring for older adults provide recommended fall risk screening only 30 to 37 percent of the time. Given prior success in developing methods for repurposing electronic health record data for the identification of fall risk, this study involves building a model in which electronic health record data could be applied for use in clinical decision support to bolster screening by proactively identifying patients for whom screening would be beneficial and targeting efforts specifically to those patients.  

  • Mapping of Standards to Facilitate Immunization Information Exchange through Two-Dimensional Bar Coding of Vaccine Products

    A two-dimensional barcode that includes both static information (vaccine identifier) and variable information (expiration date and lot number) can facilitate streamlined documentation and sharing of vaccine administration. We sought to identify how vaccine tracking information in the two-dimensional barcode is represented in systems that are used by pharmacies, providers, and public health agencies.  

  • National Survey on Doctoral-Level Education in Health Information Management: Perceptions and Rationale

    The purpose of this survey was to understand the perceptions and educational goals of the health information management (HIM) workforce in regard to pursuing doctoral-level degrees. Survey data were collected from members of AHIMA to gain further insight into their interest in pursuing a doctoral degree, their reasons for obtaining such a degree, their methods of learning, and their financial support for an advanced degree. Descriptive characteristics were collected from AHIMA profile information.  

  • Mobile Robotic Telepresence Solutions for the Education of Hospitalized Children

    Hospitalization affects children’s school attendance, resulting in poor academic and sociodevelopmental outcomes. The increasing ubiquity of mobile and tablet technology in educational and healthcare environments, and the growth of the mobile robotic telepresence (MRT) industry, offer opportunities for the use of MRT to connect hospitalized children to their school environments. This article describes an approach at one rural healthcare center in collaboration with local school districts with the aim of describing strategies and limitations of MRT use.  

  • The E-health Literacy Demands of Australia’s My Health Record: A Heuristic Evaluation of Usability

    My Health Record is Australia’s electronic personal health record system, which was introduced in July 2012. As of August 2017, approximately 21 percent of Australia’s total population was registered to use My Health Record. Internationally, usability issues have been shown to negatively influence the uptake and use of electronic health record systems, and this scenario may particularly affect people who have low e-health literacy. 

  • A Pilot Study Investigating Employee Utilization of Corporate Telehealth Services

    In line with the vision of the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) to improve health outcomes and eliminate healthcare disparities in Mississippi, a corporate telehealth program was initiated beginning May 2014. A descriptive study was performed to discover common characteristics among enrolled employee users who took advantage of UMMC’s corporate telehealth services offered in their workplace throughout the program’s first year of operation.