Health Information Management

Tip: Take photographs of your CDI team to celebrate CDI Week

CDI Strategies, September 15, 2011

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If you’re looking for an easy, inexpensive way to celebrate the first annual Clinical Documentation Improvement Week Sept. 18-24, consider having some fun with photographs of your CDI team.

Provena and Resurrection Hospitals, which includes eight hospitals plus Provena Corporate, gathers the CDI team together every year and takes a group photo, says Nancy R. Ignatowicz, RN, MBA, CCDS, System Manager, Clinical Documentation at Provena Health in Frankfort, IL. She then has photo mugs made which include the hospital photo/logo on one side and the team photograph on the other. Each CDI team member receives a mug.
Ignatowicz didn’t stop with photo mugs. She developed a place mat which uses the photo as a focal centerpiece and frames the CDI team with documentation tips, best practices, and even a “how to avoid a query” section. The CDI team will use these during special education sessions and celebrations they’ve planned.
Creating the place mat gave her a little bit of technical difficulty, Ignatowicz admits, since it was a lot of information to fit on a simple document. So she expanded it to 11 X 17 inch paper. Facilities can use her idea as long as you have a printer than can accommodate that size paper and have someone with enough patience to help you figure out how to change the paper size on the copier, she jokes.
Ignatowicz also took photos of each individual facility’s CDI team. These she inserted into special welcome letters for physicians which provides a short overview of the CDI program mission and scope and also introduces them to their CDI team members (she even included their extension numbers under their photographs).
If you have a photograph of your CDI team or local chapter meeting please send it along with identification of the individuals included in .jpg format to We will compile the photos for a special slide show and post it during CDI Week.

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