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Best Practice Briefs

Practice Guidelines for Managing Health Information

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: Pandemic-Driven Self-Service Options Drive Surge in Duplicate Patient Records

The explosive popularity of telehealth to ensure ongoing access to care during the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it an equally rapid rise in patient self-scheduling—an upward trajectory accelerated by the need for streamlined methods of scheduling COVID-19 tests and vaccinations. 

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HIM Principles in Health Information

Emerging health information exchange initiatives must focus on more than their IT model. They must make important early decisions on HIM issues that hard-wire data quality, privacy, and security into the network, ensuring that the ultimate goals of improved patient safety and quality of care are met.

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Reconciling and Managing EMPIs

Over the past decade, the healthcare industry has faced a number of new challenges, including the accelerated implementation of electronic health records (EHRs), health information exchange, and electronically linking healthcare information. A number of facilities have also had to deal with mergers, acquisitions, and alliances, requiring that they combine their master patient (person) indexes (MPIs) into one MPI. These challenges have caused a renewed sense of urgency for effective MPI management.

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Managing the Integrity of Patient Identity in Health Information Exchange

In order to successfully exchange health information and reap the benefits of HIO, organizations must maintain accurate patient identification information. Patient identification integrity is a complex concept, and one that is not well understood throughout the healthcare industry. Many policy makers and industry leaders do not fully comprehend the negative effects of inaccurate patient identification information for even basic health information interchange.

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Surveying the RHIO Landscape- A Description of Current RHIO Models, with a Focus on Patient Identification

In an effort to identify best practices in emerging and existing regional health information organizations (RHIOs), AHIMA's e-HIM work group on patient identification in RHIOs offers HIM professionals a marketplace description of existing RHIO models with a focus on patient identification linkage methods.

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