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PHIMA Fall Conference Recap

 
Thanks to all who joined us in Mechanicsburg for the Fall Conference focused on Health Informatics. Even the rainy weather did not dampen the enthusiasm of the 69 attendees, up by more than 25 over last year! 
 
Diane Kolodinsky, MS, RHIA kicked off the session with A New Age: The Impact of Informatics on Healthcare. Diane lead the group through the “continuum of care” for a patient from scheduling through post care follow -up and the various data collection points along the way and how that data, with the help of technology, becomes critical information, the basis for informatics. Leveraging informatics is the foundation to many key processes and outcomes in healthcare: financial relies on it for accurate billing, clinical compliance relies on the right information at the right time in the right place. Quality improvement requires information to manage outcomes in a sustainable way and patient satisfaction information is essential to measure, identify, and remediate areas of dissatisfaction.     
 
Andrew Bilderback spoke on Clinical Data Management and the work of the Wolff Center at UPMC.  The Wolff Center is a centralized quality resource providing reporting, analytic, and performance services to:  25+ hospitals and over 3500 physicians. The goal of the group is to use information through analytics in all aspects of UPMC to help with decision making and ensure quality improvements.  
 
After lunch, Diane returned to discuss The Magical Wizardry of Data Analytics. Diane described the various types of data and the basic definition of Data Analytics. It is the science of examining raw data with the purpose of drawing conclusions about that information. She also described the toolkit required to manage data including everything from a data dictionary to data validation and visualization.  
 
The day wrapped with Karen Tinney and Michelle Charette speaking about HIMSS Level 7 and the impact on the HIM World. They shared their journey towards the electronic health record which began in 1996 and the various checkpoints and surveys required to accomplish HIMSS Level 7. HIMSS Level 7 is the pinnacle to which organizations strive within their EHR. At this level, the organization has a complete EMR, they have implemented CCD transactions to share data with other sites, they are utilizing a data warehouse, and have expanded data continuity to the ED and ambulatory environments.   
 
 
Your PHIMA Education Co-Chairs,
 
Dilhari R. DeAlmeida, Ph.D., RHIA                   
Denise French, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA
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