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Takes On HIT
The opportunity was just too good to
pass up for Nena Scott. Never mind the
stress and breakneck pace associated
with instituting several completely new
health IT programs at her college in only
a few short months, Scott, MSEd, RHIA,
CCS, CCS-P, thought. Taking part in the
federally funded Community College
Consortia, which hopes to nationally train
10,500 new health IT professionals by
2012, would provide the Itawamba Community College’s HIT department a great
opportunity to provide students a direct
pathway into the future of HIM. So Scott,
the director of the health information
technology program at Itawamba, applied
for Itawamba to be a consortia participant
and won the right. Then the work began.
MSEd, RHIA, CCS,
Building Information Integrity:
Like the foundation of a building, integrity of the record is the framework around which
everything else is built, including electronic exchange of health information. AHIMA
members are in the perfect position to identify and mitigate risk factors in how information is captured, stored, and used in the healthcare system.
“Information integrity is much broader than data quality. Organizations need to expand
their frame of reference for data quality by thinking about information integrity, which includes accuracy, but also consistency and reliability of information content, processes, and
systems,” said Linda Kloss, of Kloss Strategic Advisors, Ltd. in Chicago, IL, and former
CEO and president of AHIMA. She was keynote speaker at the AHIMA Legal EHR Summit in August. “How systems are designed can either support or work against information integrity. We need to be probing more deeply into how information is captured and
handled in systems,” she said.
Commitment to Education
Earlier this year, Scott was awarded the
new graduate student portion of the Linda
Without information integrity, healthcare providers risk:
• The reality that documentation cannot be relied upon for its intended purposes, such as
direct patient care, quality and safety, and evidentiary purposes.
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