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AHIMA wants unified standards for EHRs MEDICAL RECORDS

During its annual con- vention held Oct. 1-3, the

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) called for improved and unified health informa- tion governance to standardize electronic health record (EHR) use. The aim is to ensure that the technology fulfills its promise of guiding better, more efficient patient care. Aspects of health information governance were ad- dressed throughout AHIMA’s 84th annual Convention and Exhibit in Chicago. Focusing the spotlight on EHRs provided an opportunity for experts and those working in the field to discuss the latest insight and developments into an issue that affects every aspect of the healthcare system. “Unified data governance principles will help promote ac- curacy and consistency and reduce ambiguity,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. “AHIMA stands ready to work with HHS, CMS and other groups to establish the guidelines that will ac- curately and fairly represent performance and outcomes of

care. Data governance and data integrity have been and will be a critical part of AHIMA’s strategic plan, and we will continue to lead the discussions and the solutions developed in this field.” Recent concerns that EHR implementation could lead to fraud further highlight the need to establish standards that will ad- dress data integrity, patient safety and quality measurement, as well as traditional concerns regarding billing fraud. For decades, AHIMA has led the call for uniform interop- erable data and information, including guidelines for coding standards. Since 2003, AHIMA has also urged CMS to adopt a national set of coding guidelines for hospital reporting of emergency department and clinic visits. Learn more at

EVENTS NOVEMBER The 3rd Annual Cloud Security Alliance Congress

2012, Nov. 7-8, Orlando, is a hot-ticket gathering for IT security professionals and executives looking to further educate themselves on the rapidly evolving subject of cloud security. Special focus will be put on standardization, transparency of controls, mobile computing and big data in the cloud.

RSNA 2012 – The 98th Scientific Assembly & Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Nov. 25-30, Chicago, is the premier scientific and educational forum in radiology. Learn about the latest trends in radiologic research and attend cutting-edge technical exhibitions with 60,000 colleagues from around the world.

MARCH 2013 HIMSS13 Annual Conference & Exhibition,

March 3-7, New Orleans, brings together the latest in technologies, patient safety and quality, regulatory compliance, business best practices and personal growth all in one location. Experience thousands of products and services on the HIMSS13 exhibit floor. Don’t miss the new Knowledge Centers, Social Media Center and HIMSS Interoperability Showcase. Former President Bill Clinton speaks March 6. HEALTH MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY November 2012 5


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