CNN Monthly e-Alert
March 2012

CPHIMA President’s Message
Kristine Lucabaugh, RHIA, CSTR

Blooming flowers, budding trees and warmer temperatures are a sure sign that spring is right around the corner; a promise of new life or rebirth.  As I continue to feature the historical evolution of one aspect of our organization/profession over my term as President, this time of “rebirth” takes me to ………………………….. the evolution of medical record storage media.  
When I started my career in health information management 26 years ago, the media storage of choice for the paper patient medical record was the basement area of the hospital- - - the infamous fileroom!  Eventually the shelves in the fileroom were bursting at the seams with paper medical records that no longer fit.  Records were put on the top of shelves or stacked on the floor, with a trail of outguides telling the record retriever where to find those patient records that no longer fit on the shelf. What a nightmare!
As a result, microfilm was birthed as an additional storage media for the paper patient medical record.  I can remember the big bulky microfilm machine in the basement fileroom, the concentrated effort it took to get the microfilm to feed in to the machine properly and the leeennngggttthhhyyyy “online” search for the desired patient’s medical record to print out; ONE page at a time. And yes, the doctor wanted the entire medical record printed out – all 75 pages! Then it was on to praying that while you were printing out the 75 pages, the microfilm machine didn’t run out of the “special” paper it needed, blow a bulb, jam or break down.  Whew!! We made it!!
Next on the scene was microfiche, followed by optical disk storage, followed by various forms of computer storage with the latest and greatest birth………The EHR!  What an absolutely amazing evolution of medical record storage in just 26 years!
Fast forward 26 years to 2038 - - - EHR’s in outer space!?! One never knows!!!
See below for upcoming education and networking opportunities.

  • Spring CPHIMA Educational Session – Friday, March 16, 2012 – Select Medical Corporation, in Mechanicsburg, PA
  • 74th PHIMA Annual Meeting – May 14-16, 2012 – Penn Stater Conference Center
  • Summer CPHIMA Educational Session – Friday, June 15, 2012 – Burle Industries-LGH, in Lancaster, PA
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Upcoming Events

Anatomy and Physiology Refresher for ICD-10-CM/PCS
Audio Conference Series

CPHIMA Meeting
March 16, 2012
Select Medical Corp.
Mechanicsburg, PA

Winter Team Talks and Hill Day
March 26-27, 2012

Computer-Assisted Coding, ICD-10 & the Changing Role of the Coder and ICD-10 Implementation and Strategies
March 29, 2012

ICD-10 Summit by Association: A Mastery Education Series
April 3, 2012

CDI Symposium
April 13, 2012
Pittston, PA

2012 PHIMA Annual Meeting
May 14-16, 2012
Penn Stater Conference Center

Summer Educational Session
June 15, 2012
Burle Industries-LGH
Lancaster, PA

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Medical Record Manager
Hospice of Lancaster County

Inpatient Coder
Select Medical

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Hanover Hospital

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Select Medical

Compliance Auditor
Ephrata Community Hospital

Health Information/Credentialing Manger
Select Specialty Hospital

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