Health Information Management

Return on investment for your legal health record

HIM-HIPAA Insider, August 3, 2015

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The electronic document management system (EDMS) plays a role in designing the official legal health record (LHR) within a healthcare organization. EDMS is a critical workflow tool for the HIM department.
I am always surprised to hear that there are still some facilities that haven’t figured this out and purchased an EDMS. Even worse, there are some that don’t understand the difference between a dynamic input-oriented EHR (previously known as a health information system) versus a stable and persistent post-discharge LHR or document management system. Improvements in both the active patient care record documentation and post-discharge documentation are critical for EHR systems to thrive.
With an industry emphasis on information governance theories relative to digital records, it is important to understand the financial and other benefits of investing in an EDMS as a return on investment that forms part of the operationalization strategy critical to successful EHR management. It is equally important, however, to also be conscious of the cost of poor quality within the EHR.

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“Return on investment for your legal health record” by Darice M. Grzybowski, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA, on the HCPro website. Subscribers to Medical Records Briefing have free access to this article in the July issue.

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