Week2Assignment.cterry.docx - Chapter 1 Health Information Management Profession Nanette B Sayles EdD RHIA CCS CHPS CHDA CPHIMS FAHIMA Real-World Case

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Chapter 1 Health Information Management Profession Nanette B. Sayles, EdD, RHIA, CCS, CHPS, CHDA, CPHIMS, FAHIMA Real-World Case 1.1 The EHR is causing many changes in both the HIM profession and the structure of the HIM department itself. Because of the EHR, many functions of the HIM department can be performed remotely. Some HIM staff such as coders and transcriptionists are now working from home. The file areas where the paper records are housed are disappearing as more and more of the health records are electronic. These changes enable the healthcare facility to use the space previously occupied by the HIM staff and the file areas to be used for other purposes. Some healthcare organizations with multiple locations have centralized their HIM functions enabling them to standardize the HIM functions and to share staff between the facilities. The staff at the central location is able to perform most of the functions of the HIM department. There may be some staff at the healthcare facility to attend committee meetings, take authorization for release of information from patients, and perform other functions that require staff on site. Even though the employees work from home or a centralized location, the privacy and security of the patient information must be ensured at all of the locations and their productivity must meet the standards established by the organization. Real-World Case Discussion Questions 1. How is the EHR changing the roles of the HIM staff? The EHR is changing roles of the HIM staff, by allowing them to work from home to do their jobs and allowing the hospital to share the staff throughout the facility.
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