Defining an Organization’s Legal Health Record

As a health information professional with years of experience, I’ve seen the definition of the Legal Health Record (LHR) change with the emergence of the electronic health record (EHR).  As a custodian of medical records, a designated position at most hospitals,...

Stepping Back to Lead

I collect quotations. This habit started many years ago when I was part of a group of hospital managers tasked with sending out a daily inspirational leadership quotation. Even after that initiative fizzled away, I personally continued collecting daily inspiration. I...

Take the Pain Out of Your Release of Information Process

What seems to be a straightforward process for HIM professionals may often cause headaches. For example, the release of information (ROI) process seems straightforward; a request for information arrives in the office and we fulfill the request. But perhaps a variety...

Healthcare Data – Hold on to Your Assets!

Understanding the complexity of healthcare data is more important than ever due to the evolution of electronic health information and preparation for future evolution involving new technologies such as artificial intelligence. Hospitals and clinics, rural or urban,...