Health Care Meets High-Tech

medical binders

Reporting, tracking, monitoring and charting patients’ personal health information is part of any health care setting. Documentation and charting play a vital role in ensuring appropriate continuity of care, identification of possible diagnoses, assessment and evaluation, and tracking of treatment prognoses. Nearly every aspect of health care providers’ jobs revolve around information on paper.  Let’s take a look at some of the most important factors in ensuring the privacy of this information in both digital and print mediums.

EFFICIENCY THROUGH ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) enable immediate consultation between different health care providers, such as a primary care physician (PCP) and a specialist, explains the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. EHRs reduce the incidence of misdiagnoses and complications from contraindicated procedures, medications and treatment plans.

HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND EHRS

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), health care providers may receive incentive payments for switching from print documentation to EHRs, which further accelerated their growth into the marketplace. Health care providers must take several factors into consideration when switching to EHRs, though.

Patients need to be given access to their EHRs, security measures must be increased, and any information exchange needs to be structured to the highest possible degree. Furthermore, the rules within the ARRA set forth a precedent for increasing the role of health information technology and management, which may drive the demand for those with a degree in Health Information Management.

PATIENTS AND PRIVACY

Patients retain the right to ask for written notices of how, when, where, and why their protected health information (PHI) is shared, though in some instances exceptions to patient-authorized transfer of information are permitted. Further, health care providers must ensure all transfers of information maintain stringent security standards, enact safeguards to prevent and respond to potential breaches, maintain a strong audit trail, properly train individuals in Health Information Management, and monitor the costs of such security measures, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The world has become a complex, Internet-driven sphere of digitally stored data, health information and EHRs. Unfortunately, hackers will always search for a way to disrupt the legitimate flow of information between health care providers and patients. With an expected growth rate of 22 percent from 2012 to 2022 (Bureau of Labor Statistics), a career in Health Information Management is a good option for those who are technologically inclined or patient-centric and eager to enter the growing field of health care.

To learn more about how you can make a difference in protecting the privacy of health care information, contact Concorde Career College today.

health information management

Follow Concorde on Social Media

Lucy Vang | Medical Assistant Graduate

“Concorde was one of my best vehicles that helped me gain the confidence I needed to change my life. … It all started with a vision, a will and Concorde.”

Kontessa Brown | Dental Assisting Graduate

“I think it’s an amazing school. When I sat down for boards, I felt more than adequately prepared. If you put the work in, your success is almost guaranteed.”

Trenisha Jones | Dental Assistant Graduate

“I decided to go to school because I was tired of working dead-end jobs. … When I found out I was pregnant, I realized that I needed a better life for me, for my child, for my husband, and just to better myself.”

James Harkins | Nursing Graduate

“What I liked about Concorde was that there was nothing flashy. They were very up front, very simple, answered all my questions. They were more concerned with my education than tuition.”

Christine Mejia | Surgical Technology Graduate

“There was good simulation, real instruments and a lot of one-on-one instruction. I loved the lab, and I had a great instructor who is also a surgical technician.”