By Lisa A. Eramo
It’s a fact: without clinical coded data, population health monitoring (PHM) programs could not function. PHM programs are all about the data. The data tells a story that public health professionals and others can read, bookmark, and re-tell in order to predict outcomes and develop strategies for prevention.
Health information management (HIM) professionals play a crucial role in this type of storytelling because they are the ones who actually capture the data. Whether they use the help of an encoder, computer-assisted coding, or a variety of other health information technologies, HIM professionals have the “final say” in the clinical data that is recorded via codes on a claim.