Health Information Management

Know how the EHR could reshape your department and job

HIM-HIPAA Insider, January 20, 2009

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It’s every HIM director’s dream: a relatively seamless EHR implementation that leads to greater efficiency, reduced transcription errors, and enhanced patient safety.

But what if an EHR also leads to a corporate HIM department that oversees coding, scanning, record storage, and release of information? And what if that department had significantly fewer full-time equivalent employees, a centralized and almost entirely remote coding staff, and directors who oversee it all from an off-site location? Do such concepts elevate your dreams or feel more like a nightmare?

You may not believe such a dramatic change could occur, but it can. HIM departments may be the next logical candidate for these virtual transformations.

Editor’s note: For more information on EHRs and to purchase a copy of this article for $10, click here. Subscribers to Medical Records Briefing have access to this article in the February issue of the newsletter.



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