2019 Fall

  • Drowning in Data: Workflow Changes Improve the Collection of Clinically Relevant and Actionable Data

    The implantable loop recorder is valuable for recording and evaluating clinically relevant arrhythmias. Devices with wireless capabilities are programmed to automatically transmit data to a secure website for retrieval by cardiology staff. However, increased data review time, memory saturation, and overwriting of true arrhythmia episodes can result unless alerts are programmed to appropriately detect meaningful (or actionable) cardiac data.

  • An Exploration of the Association between Inpatient Access to Tablets and Patient Satisfaction with Hospital Care

    Patient-centered care seeks to improve healthcare quality by engaging patients in their health management. Hospitals are employing strategies to enhance patient engagement to improve care quality, as measured by patient satisfaction through the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey. Tablets are one tool hospitals use to increase patient engagement during hospitalization, as tablets can provide patients with access to both entertainment options and personal health information through patient portals.

  • Developing and Implementing Health Information Management Document Imaging Productivity Standards: A Case Study from an Acute Care Community Hospital

    As health information management (HIM) shifts from paper-based medical records to electronic medical documentation, HIM professionals must appropriately manage their resources to produce higher results for their organization’s operational and financial indicators. This case study highlights the experience of the HIM department in a small Florida community hospital in analyzing existing productivity standards and developing new standards with the purpose of improving the document imaging process.

  • Fall 2019 Introduction

    The Fall 2019 issue of AHIMA’s research journal, Perspectives in Health Information Management, is now available. This issue’s articles explore a range of topics, from electronic health records (EHRs) to patient satisfaction rates and HIM process workflows.

    While some doctors continue to be apprehensive about their role in providing accurate and concise electronic health records—records that are beneficial to both patient and provider—a pair of recent studies suggests a hopeful future. “Moving from Quality Measurement to Quality Improvement: Applying Meaningful Use Lessons to the Quality Payment Program” is a summary of the first study, which is an extensive collection of information from physicians and staffers at numerous medical practices. The collected information was then used to suggest ways to collect and use EHR data to measure and improve patient care and reduce staff dissatisfaction, all geared toward improving each practice’s standing with the federal Quality Payment Program.