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WYHIMA May 2013 Newsletter

What a fabulous Spring Meeting we had this year in Gillette, May 8 -10!  Details and a few snapshots will appear in the June Newsletter.  For the May Newsletter, a couple of interesting items on data integrity and changes to the AHIMA website!

From the Health Data Analysis Update CoP

When Deborah Kohn recently logged onto her healthcare provider’s patient portal to view her X-ray reports, she immediately knew something wasn’t quite right. She’d undergone one X-ray of her left hand and another of her right hand. The problem? Both X-ray reports were identical. The report of her left hand referred to her right fingers, and all other verbiage was the same. She immediately contacted her provider to correct the error—which she suspected was due to a physician simply copying and pasting information from one report into the other.

“I’m always going back to my provider organization and saying, ‘Look at these mistakes in my record,’” says Kohn, MPH, RHIA, FACHE, CPHIMS, CIP, principal of Dak Systems Consulting based in San Mateo, CA. “Until you can make my medical record as accurate as my bank statement, you will continue to see me.”

Experts say data integrity is an ongoing challenge at most facilities, primarily because multiple providers enter information into what has become an increasingly dynamic health record. The good news is that HIM professionals may have a new ally who can help tackle this problem—patients.

From AHIMA ICD-Ten, May 2013 Edition

AHIMA is Coming Alive, Online

Change is coming to AHIMA's online resources, making them more accessible, navigable, and global.
  • This summer, the AHIMA Communities of Practice (CoP) will have a new name: Engage Communities. This is a new collaborative system of online communities, featuring both private and public communities to enrich HIM dialogues with new and different voices and approaches. Contribute to vital conversations on the new coding systems, acquire resources for easier implementation, and collaborate with others.
  • After that, AHIMA is upgrading and the Body of Knowledge (BoK) online library. Look for smarter design, intuitive navigation, and information tagging for greater searchability and cross-referencing to make accessing and sharing information easier than ever before.
As the ICD-10 implementation deadline draws nearer, we'll be ready to keep you informed. Watch as we open up a world of information and interactions for you.
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