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Clinical document architecture: Implications for HIM in an interoperable healthcare environment

HIM-HIPAA Insider, March 2, 2015

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HIM professionals are at the center of a shift from a paper-based to an electronic healthcare environment. As healthcare organizations work toward Meaningful Use attestation, certain standards can help HIM professionals ensure that their electronic records are interoperable.

Health Level Seven® (HL7) is accredited by the American National Standards Institute to develop standards for electronically sharing health information.
 
The goal of HL7 is to enable greater interoperability for healthcare organizations, says Steve Bonney, executive vice president of RecordsOne in Naples, Florida. Bonney discussed HIM involvement in HL7 and consolidated clinical document architecture (C-CDA) at the 2014 AHIMA Convention and Exhibit September 27, 2014, through October 2, 2014, in San Diego, and believes EHRs are a stepping stone to a more interoperable healthcare industry.
 
The push toward health information exchanges (HIE) meant that the HL7 Version 2.x messaging standard, which helped providers communicate, was no longer up to par. "It would be improbable for every healthcare provider to connect to every other healthcare provider the way we used to connect to people with traditional HL7 Version 2.x messaging," Bonney says. "You'd have millions of interfaces running around the country."
 
Continue reading "Clinical document architecture: Implications for HIM in an interoperable healthcare environment " on the HCPro website. Subscribers to Medical Records Briefing have free access to this article in the March issue.



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