Health Information Management

ACDIS releases EHR position paper

HIM-HIPAA Insider, November 25, 2013

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Although the implementation of electronic health records (EHR) promises to improve productivity, data capture, specificity, and efficiency, a number of reasons for concern remain in this new digital environment, according to a new position statement released by the ACDIS advisory board in this month’s edition of CDI Journal. While CDI professionals play an important role in the implementation and education associated with EHRs, ACDIS warns against making CDI specialists the “wardens at the gate” of the new systems.

“CDI specialists have a specialized skill set and a high level of clinical knowledge and training,” according to the position paper. Yet “many EHR problems are endemic to the software and/or are clerical in nature, and are best addressed by information technology (IT) staff.

Editor’s Note: Portions of this article were originally published in the October edition of the CDI Journal. The ACDIS EHR position paper has been posted as the Featured Article on the ACDIS homepage for a limited time and is available to the public.

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