By Lisa A. Eramo
Today’s electronic health records (EHRs) allow providers to collect, retrieve, and report various types of health data. However, it is the health information management (HIM) professional’s responsibility to ensure that the data is accurate and complete. HIM and health information technology skills are critical.
“Some of the core competencies of HIM directly relate to data analysis,” Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, an HIM consultant based in Fremont, Calif., told the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Her comments were published in an article titled “Healthcare’s Data Revolution: How Data is Changing the Industry and Reshaping HIM’s Roles.” She went on to say, “Understanding what the data is telling you is key to the HIM role.”