4 Actions to Bring Banking-Like Interoperability to Healthcare

Perhaps lost in the buzz of HIMSS was the new report Advancing Interoperability, Information Sharing, and Data Access: Improving Health and Healthcare for Americans from the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Health Leadership Council (HLC). It’s a short report that complements the HIMSS buzz around interoperability, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and consumer engagement. The report includes Read more about 4 Actions to Bring Banking-Like Interoperability to Healthcare[…]

Matching Patient Records: The GAO Perspective

The long-awaited United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Health Information Technology, Approaches and Challenges to Electronically Matching Patients’ Records across Providers, was released last week despite the government shutdown. The GAO interviewed 37 stakeholders including ONC, providers, AHRQ, and some organizations like Pew Charitable Trust and WEDI. Honestly, I was disappointed in the lack Read more about Matching Patient Records: The GAO Perspective[…]

My 2019 Focus: 4 Key Patient Identification Activities

It’s mid-January, 36o F, and nary a flake of snow is visible on my front yard. I remind myself this is not the typical winter we had anticipated in Montana. My husband grouses that he’s only used his new toy (snowplow) twice. I’ve made my customary resolutions for the new year, including to be more Read more about My 2019 Focus: 4 Key Patient Identification Activities[…]

Patient Record Matching Conversation Intensifies

My recent  AHIMA blog highlights some of the key recommendations from the Pew patient matching whitepaper released October 2 , as well as two additional suggestions for the action plan.  Kudos to Pew for heightening and broadening the record matching conversation in healthcare (and beyond).  It’s heartwarming to see some of the discussion from my 2016 Read more about Patient Record Matching Conversation Intensifies[…]

The Pew/RAND white paper: New approaches to patient matching

August was certainly anything but a quiet news month despite peak summer holidays. The  forest fires in the West (where I live) and the heat in Europe (where I spent almost three weeks on holiday) proved to be major news, but there were plenty of healthcare topics getting attention, too — particularly the new RAND Read more about The Pew/RAND white paper: New approaches to patient matching[…]

All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go . . .to HIMSS18

Actually, my bags are never unpacked (given my travel schedule for the past three decades), but the pace is now a bit slower. I’m really looking forward to attending HIMSS18. Renewing friendships and striking up some great conversations will be high on my list, but I’ll focus my time on these areas: Innovation. I frequently Read more about All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go . . .to HIMSS18[…]

AHIMA 2017: Patient Matching and Global Friendships

The dust has settled from AHIMA 2017. I had a great time cultivating friendships old and new, all while discussing the need for accurate, trusted patient and provider identification. And, of course, I had a couple good meals while in Los Angeles. Here are two of my biggest takeaways. Patient matching is as front of Read more about AHIMA 2017: Patient Matching and Global Friendships[…]

White paper from IFHIMA amplifies the role of Information Governance in HIM

Whether you live in Australia, Canada, Japan, Spain, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, or anywhere in the world for that matter, today’s  healthcare requires trusted, accurate and secure data to meet the goals of transformation. Information is essential to meeting these goals because transformation activities impact better care, operational efficiency, controlling costs, and consumer engagement. Key to Read more about White paper from IFHIMA amplifies the role of Information Governance in HIM[…]

Choosing the right EMPI: 4 key questions

I am frequently asked whether an EMPI or Identity component from a EHR vendor can sufficiently handle the complex needs of patient identification. There’s never a simple answer. Rather, organizations should ask several questions, including: Are you addressing person or patient data? First and foremost, organizations must ponder what type of data they need in Read more about Choosing the right EMPI: 4 key questions[…]

HIM in the Cloud Era: Making the Most of AI and Information Governance

Recently I gave a keynote presentation at the CIOX Health Education Summit sharing innovations in healthcare. As the Cloud becomes pervasive and digitization of data is the norm, how do we as HIM professionals ensure information governance practices are in place to support high quality, trusted data for transformative, artificial intelligence (AI) technologies? Through my Read more about HIM in the Cloud Era: Making the Most of AI and Information Governance[…]