The new year has officially come and gone, and we’ve found our way back into the 20s. Fortunately, health information management has become more sophisticated (and complicated) than anyone who lived a century ago would have ever guessed.
Now that we’re here, it’s time to buckle down and tackle the tough issues facing health information management (HIM) professionals. Fortunately, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has set the stage by outlining key issues and problem areas that are likely to have the most impact on the industry this year. So, if you want to know what’s up with HIM this year, here’s a recap of what the experts are looking closely at for the coming year.
The three HIM impact areas to watch for 2020 as outlined by AHIMA execs include – integrity, connection and access. These areas were included in AHIMA’s strategic plan, which was announced last year – but what do they mean exactly? It appears to be all about 1) Ensuring the health data created and used is of the highest integrity; 2) Appropriately allowing for the sharing of data between patients, providers and payers; and 3) Making sure the policies and practices in place balance the need for confidentiality and security and access to protected health information (PHI).
Here are a few ways AHIMA hopes to put these impact areas to work in 2020.
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