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Special International Issue Introduction

Special International Issue Introduction

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This special international edition of Perspectives in Health Information Management features examples of health information management practice from around the world with expert authors sharing their knowledge and experience of the development and implementation of HIM workforce transformation strategies, better practices for accurate patient identification in the age of the “global patient” and the deployment of HIM expertise or “professional presence” in different dimensions of practice in three different geographic locations.  

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The Rainbow (Rapid Access Immunization Now: Better Our World) Record: An Immunization Tool for Nigerian Families

The Rainbow (Rapid Access Immunization Now: Better Our World) Record: An Immunization Tool for Nigerian Families

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Millions of children die every year across the world as a result of not being immunized. Nigeria has made great improvements in childhood immunizations, but it still lacks the effectiveness and efficiency that an immunization tool may be able to provide. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation proposed a Records for Life project asking teams to develop innovative immunization records for countries across the world. The authors of this article responded to that project announcement, and although the team did not get selected, the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) expressed interest in the proposed record.  

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Accurate Patient Identification—A Global Challenge

Accurate Patient Identification—A Global Challenge

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Patient identification and patient matching have long been a challenge in countries around the globe. The patient/consumer identity at the point of registration or access must be accurate and linked to the entire health history in order to support the immediate care or wellness event. From this point, the patient/consumer documentation must be linked to other points in order to truly create patient-centered care and wellness.  

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Post Earthquake Health Information Management in Japan—the Challenges

Post Earthquake Health Information Management in Japan—the Challenges

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On March 11, 2011, a megathrust earthquake of magnitude 9.0 hit Japan, causing destruction of homes, large-scale fires, giant tsunami, and demolition of nuclear power plants in the Tohoku region on the northeastern coast of Japan. This article focuses on the response of the Japan Hospital Association (JHA) and the Japan Society of Health Information Management (JHIM) to the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake, the results of their efforts, the invaluable lessons learned from the disaster, and the recommendations arising from discussions during symposia held at JHIM’s 38th and 39th annual meetings, held in 2012 and 2013 respectively.  

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Impact of Technology on Primary Healthcare Information Management: A Case of North India

Impact of Technology on Primary Healthcare Information Management: A Case of North India

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Health information systems are composed of subsystems that include information on demography, vital events, health status, environmental health statistics, health resources, health services utilization, health outcomes, and health development financial statistics. Computerized information management systems have enabled timely reporting of maternal and child health indicators and thus improved service delivery to the rural areas in the state of Rajasthan, India.  

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Health Information Management Workforce Transformation: New Roles, New Skills and Experiences in Canada

Health Information Management Workforce Transformation: New Roles, New Skills and Experiences in Canada

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Healthcare in Canada is undergoing significant transformation and change at regional, provincial, and national levels to better utilize scarce health resources to provide safe, high-quality care at lower cost. The electronic health record (EHR) is being introduced as an innovation and enabler in achieving reduced healthcare costs and improved patient care.  

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Addressing Challenges to the Health Information Management Profession: An Australian Perspective

Addressing Challenges to the Health Information Management Profession: An Australian Perspective

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Many challenges are facing the health information management (HIM) profession across the world. This article describes the current situation in Australia in relation to the role of the health information manager and the HIM profession, competencies that have been developed for health information managers, the role of the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA), challenges facing the HIM profession in Australia as evidenced by recent research activities, and HIMAA’s response to these challenges in the form of the 2014–2016 HIMAA strategic plan.  

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