ship in the development of information and/or data governance
programs, EHR quality models within the organization, and an
expansion of auditing and monitoring programs. Audit programs
will help identify points throughout the data collection process
that are at risk. HIM professionals can contribute positively to all
these efforts through their understanding of the processes underlying the clinical and financial data streams that comprise the
EHR. Many HIM professionals will continue to find a natural migration to leadership roles in technology departments or vendor
environments to share their knowledge from another perspective.
HIM professionals have always worked to ensure data in the
health record meets quality standards for accuracy, timeliness,
consistency, and completeness. The ability to use these skills
reinforces the importance of HIM engagement in auditing and
monitoring documentation practices contributing to critical
EHR design decisions, as well as discussions surrounding data
collection, data management, and data analysis and reporting.
Information governance programs, along with HIM stewardship, ensure the use and management of health information
is compliant with jurisdictional law, regulations, standards,
and organizational policies. As stewards of health information, HIM roles and functions strive to protect and ensure the
ethical use of health information.
8 The migration of healthcare
records from paper to electronic puts HIM professionals in a
unique position to lead efforts to evaluate and improve EHR
data, which will be central to the acceptance of the EHR and
the migration to a future state with new technologies and interoperability.
See the February 2019 Journal of AHIMA for part two of this
Practice Brief. ¢
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Shamsi Berry, PhD, MS, CPHI
Angela Campbell, MSHI, RHIA
Jill Flanigan, MLS, MS, RHIT
Dawn Paulson, MJ, RHIA, CHPS, CPHI
Barbara Ryznar, RPh, MSHI, RHIA, CPHI, CPHIMS, CAPM
Jami Woebkenberg, MHIM, RHIA, CPHI, FAHIMA
Melanie Endicott, MBA/HCM, RHIA, CDIP, CHDA, CPHI,
CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA
Cheryl Ericson, MS, RN, CDIP, CCDS
Kristi Fahy, RHIA
Elisa Gorton, RHIA, CHPS, CHC
Tammy Love, RHIA, CDIP, CCS
Ann Meehan, RHIA
Mari Pire-St. Pierre, RHIA, CPHI
Donna Rugg, RHIT, CDIP, CCS-P, CCS
Clarice Smith, RHIA, CHP
Anny Yuen, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS
Additional acknowledgments for individuals that have worked
on previous versions of the information contained in this Practice Brief are available in the online version of this Practice Brief
in AHIMA’s HIM Body of Knowledge.
Appendices Available Online
Two appendices are available in the online version of this Practice Brief
in AHIMA’s HIM Body of Knowledge:
• Appendix A: EHR Integrity Checklist
• Appendix B: Case Scenarios
The Practice Brief in the November-December 2018 Journal of AHIMA
was published with the incorrect title. The correct title is “Redisclosure
of Protected Health Information (PHI).” The Journal regrets the error.