• Summer 2019 Introduction

    In the Summer 2019 issue of Perspectives in Health Information Management, authors of one study explain why health information management (HIM) should be included in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The study, “An Exploratory Study Demonstrating the Health Information Management Profession as a STEM Discipline” offers a careful review of the HIM competencies approved by AHIMA, which illustrates the role of HIM professionals in informatics, data analytics, and data use. Evaluation of AHIMA membership data showed that, at the education and work setting levels, AHIMA members are employed in many areas that are common to both HIM and STEM.

Summer 2019 Issue

  • Developing and Evaluating Parents’ Satisfaction with a Website to Manage Pediatric Asthma

    Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood. Despite advances in its treatment, without proper treatment pediatric asthma may progress to adult asthma. One of the factors that can lead to a delay in the diagnosis of childhood asthma or lack of appropriate treatment is lack of understanding of the signs and symptoms of the disease and the ways to prevent and control it. Therefore, education of patients and their parents is essential to prevent and treat asthma in childhood.

  • Strategies to Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in a Non-Medicaid-Expansion State

    On October 1, 2012, as part of the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began to reduce payments to hospitals with excessive rehospitalization rates through the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. These financial penalties have intensified hospital leaders’ efforts to implement strategies to reduce readmission rates. The purpose of this multiple case study was to explore organizational strategies that leaders use to reduce readmission rates in hospitals located in a non-Medicaid-expansion state.

  • Cyber-Analytics: Identifying Discriminants of Data Breaches

    Healthcare data breaches continue to occur at extraordinary rates, leaving analysts challenged to identify the factors associated with data breach occurrences. Between 2009 and 2017, 2,457 healthcare data breaches were reported to the Department of Health and Human Services. Breached facilities face heavy fines and litigation.

  • Big Data Analytics in Healthcare: Investigating the Diffusion of Innovation

    The shortage of data scientists has restricted the implementation of big data analytics in healthcare facilities. This survey study explores big data tool and technology usage, examines the gap between the supply and the demand for data scientists through Diffusion of Innovations theory, proposes engaging academics to accelerate knowledge diffusion, and recommends adoption of curriculum-building models.