Health Information Management

Presumptive assumptions in relation to EHRs

HIM-HIPAA Insider, July 16, 2012

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A presumption is a belief or hypothesis about something. An assumption is taking a piece of information (as in knowledge about a topic) as a given fact. When you put them together, a presumptive ­assumption is troublesome because you can assume in error.

How true this is in relation to the EHR. When assumptions do not match the reality of a situation, there is an expectation mismatch. That missing gap can cause dissatisfaction with a person, a product application, or an entire work situation/setting. Reducing this gap by curbing our tendency to build presumptive assumptions into our everyday ­thinking provides a sense of satisfaction and a collaborative ­alignment.

Editor’s note: Read more in the July issue of Medical Records Briefing.



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