On average, 33 patients per month had a disability determination in days instead of weeks.
The ROI team now has eight more hours per month to focus on higher-level functions.
Children’s Health’s partnership with SSA has shown that
HIM is valued as a partner and that changes can occur with
collaboration and supporting data.
Nationally, organizations that exchange data with the
SSA using Sequoia Project’s eHealth Exchange will reap
the benefits of this improvement in using standardized
data sets that include phone number and email address in
patient matching algorithms. This journey is not over for
Children’s Health, since the organization still has a seven percent opportunity for matching. An analysis that is
planned for a future date will study the impact of matching
in multiple births.
HIM professionals are skilled at quantitative data analy-
sis, data comprehensiveness, and identity management.
Health information exchange (HIE) is growing beyond
healthcare providers to payers, insurance companies, and
public health agencies. The primary data source of health
information is now the EHR. HIM professionals are re-
sponsible for the quality, protection, and delivery of health
information contained in the EHR. HIM’s core profession-
al responsibilities have expanded beyond the walls of the
EHR. Identity management is now internal and external to
the medical record.
Non-healthcare exchange partners need the expertise of
HIM professionals to achieve interoperability and optimization of HIE. HIM professionals are uniquely positioned to take
the lead to educate data exchange partners on data standards
and identity management to achieve interoperability of health
information exchange. ¢
1. Heflin, Eric et al. “A Framework for Cross-Organizational Patient Identity Management.” November 10, 2015.
2. Mandel, Hannah et al. “Health Level 7 Web Service
Search Success Rates in New York City’s City wide Immunization Registry.” NYC Health. www.immregistries.org/
3. Heflin, Eric et al. “A Framework for Cross-Organizational
Patient Identity Management.”
4. Mandel, Hannah et al. “Health Level 7 Web Service
Search Success Rates in New York City’s City wide Immunization Registry.”
T. Mowe Simpson ( email@example.com) is an application
analyst at Children’s Health of Dallas. He is an HIM and HIE applications analyst and an adjunct instructor at Alabama State University, and is president-elect of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Health Information
Management Association (DF W HIMA).
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