Piece of My Mind

  • Patient-generated Data: A Double-edged Sword

    My father died in the critical care unit as a result of blood clots in his lungs after residents reintubated him when he had a panic attack in the middle of the night. The information that he had a low platelet count as a side effect of a cancer drug he was taking as part of a clinical trial had fallen through the cracks every time new clinicians came into his room. Although I had reminded them of this information daily to ensure that he received regular infusions as prescribed by his oncologist, the clinicians on the night shift did not consider this information.  

  • Yes, Virginia, There Is a Paper Record!


    This tongue-in-cheek essay hopes to prompt discussion among health information management (HIM) professionals of all levels with regard to the fast-changing HIM landscape, particularly the electronic health record (EHR) and the financial and career options that healthcare systems and employees have had to accept, adapt to, and decipher.