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Yu Preaches the Power of Healthcare Innovation

At the AHIMA Annual Convention, keynote speaker Wil Yu, senior advisor of Innovation for the City and County of San Francisco, challenged HIM professionals to be the “pioneers” needed in healthcare innovation to carry the nation forward. Yu also said there has never been a better time to act as a healthcare innovator, as market and policy changes are made to the current care model nearly every day.

National Health Innovation Leader Addresses AHIMA Convention

CHICAGO – Oct. 2, 2012 – Wil Yu, senior advisor, Innovation, for the City and County of San Francisco, challenged Health Information Management (HIM) professionals to be “pioneers” in healthcare innovation to carry the nation forward.

Yu, who led the nationwide healthcare innovation efforts for the United States through the Department of Health and Human Services, delivered his speech Tuesday at AHIMA’s 84th Annual Convention and Exhibit at McCormick Place.

“As guardians of health information, you are in the optimal position to thrive in what I consider this country’s long summer of health innovation,” Yu said. “Your work will build the infrastructure of an evolution that will not only improve and save lives, but also change the way Americans perceive their health and their own care.”

Yu noted that while the United States needs healthcare innovation more than ever, there has also never been a better time to be an innovator with market and policy forces building momentum for dramatic change.

This innovation must transform the current care model, Yu said.

“We need to better identify and help those who will be sick before they show up in care settings such as the emergency room where care is more expensive,” he said. “With the support of taxpayer funded programs and public-private partnerships, we can influence the magnitude, velocity and timing of innovation.”

Yu measures innovation by the value obtained from a new finding or application over time. He shared a case history on scurvy to illustrate how challenging it can be to incorporate new information to advance adoption and diffusion of innovations. It took more than 260 years from the early experiment of adding lemon juice to daily diets aboard long overseas voyages before citrus fruits were routinely incorporated as part of the daily ration.

Yu encouraged HIM professionals never to lose focus on the most important reason for innovation – better patient care.

“The patient is always at the center.  We can work together to reduce medical errors, lower hospital readmission rates and raise levels of patient engagement, so that the future care for children born today will be vastly improved from today’s standard due to the current pioneering efforts of innovators across this country” Yu said.

“AHIMA strives to encourage its members, staff, and all healthcare professionals to bring innovation into their daily work,” said CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. “Wil’s remarks reiterated that value, and helped to give members the motivation to make positive change, no matter what their role may be.”

Yu will speak again Wednesday at the AHIMA and AHIMA Foundation’s Inaugural Health Information Innovation Leadership Conference.

About AHIMA

Representing more than 64,000 specially educated Health Information Management professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. www.ahima.org

November 4, 2012 I Written By

Chief Privacy Officer: ‘We Are All Responsible for Privacy and Security’

At the AHIMA Annual Convention & Exhibit, Joy Pritts, chief privacy officer in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, called for all parties in the healthcare system to share responsibility for the privacy and security of a patient’s health information. In her keynote address, Pritts said it is the obligation of not only patients and providers, but vendors, HIM professional and the federal government to be active participants when it comes to protecting personal health information.

Joy Pritts Addresses General Session at AHIMA’s Convention

CHICAGO – Oct. 1, 2012 – Joy Pritts, the chief privacy officer in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, called for all parties in the healthcare system to create a culture where the privacy and security of a patient’s health information is a shared responsibility: from patients, to providers, to vendors, to Health Information Management (HIM) professionals to the federal government.

Pritts delivered her speech Monday morning during the opening session of AHIMA’s 84th Annual Convention and Exhibit at McCormick Place.

The explosive growth in electronic health records – more than 300,000 providers will start using the tool – gives patients increased access to and responsibility for their personal health information.

“This will be a huge change for people; more and more, individuals will be central participants in their own healthcare,” Pritts said

“The only way to do that is for them to have access to their own information and understand their rights and responsibilities for securing it once they receive it.”

Pritts said healthcare providers need to set their organization’s tone on privacy and security issues.

“(They) should care about protecting the patient’s health information in the same way as the patient’s physical well being,” she said. “It’s about real people, and it’s really important.”

Pritts said privacy and security training should be ongoing and a key part of the overall strategic plan. She urged providers to put privacy and security at the forefront when building their EHR systems rather than risking the expensive consequences of a breach.

“Securing health information is not only good for the patient but good for business,” Pritts said.

“This is a transformative time in the world of HIM and we were honored to have Joy Pritts here to frame the issues involved in the privacy and security of health records, a topic that touches every aspect of healthcare,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA.

The ONC’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer and the AHIMA Foundation recently collaborated on the ““Guide to Privacy and Security of Health Information” which is designed to teach healthcare professionals about the roles of privacy and security in EHRs and in Meaningful Use. Pritts noted the instructional guide has garnered extremely positive feedback.

About AHIMA

Representing more than 64,000 specially educated Health Information Management professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. www.ahima.org

October 30, 2012 I Written By

HIM Professionals on Front Line of Healthcare Revolution

At the concluding General Session of AHIMA’s Annual Convention, former first American Federal Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Aneesh Chopra, said HIM professionals must play a central role in the ongoing healthcare revolution. Chopra cited a number of innovative breakthroughs in healthcare and challenged the audience to be the innovators needed for the country’s success in delivering high-quality healthcare.

Chopra Inspires AHIMA Members in Convention Closing Address

CHICAGO – Oct. 4, 2012 – The former first American Federal Chief Technology Officer of the United States said Health Information Management (HIM) professionals must play a central role in the ongoing healthcare revolution.

Aneesh Chopra, a senior advisor to the Advisory Board Company, a global research, technology and consulting firm helping hospital and university executives better serve patients and students, closed AHIMA’s 84th annual Convention and Exhibit at McCormick Place by highlighting how quality HIM can directly lead to quality healthcare. He said HIM professionals are the foundation of the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10, but the transition should be the beginning of their work – not the end.

“HIM professionals are on the front lines and have the ability to connect the dots in our healthcare system,” Chopra said. “Bring your capabilities and brain power to the C-suite and inform and empower a whole new experience for healthcare.”

Chopra, also a candidate to become Lt. Governor of Virginia in 2013, emphasized that AHIMA members are in the “coolest” job sector in the economy because of its recession-resistant job growth.

“Aneesh’s remarks were affirmation of the integral part HIM plays in our nation’s healthcare system,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. “His inspiring call to action was a perfect note to wrap up a most productive and memorable convention.”

Chopra urged the United States to catalyze breakthroughs for national healthcare priorities by engaging entrepreneurs and innovators to join the effort.

Chopra cited a number of innovative breakthroughs in healthcare, one of which was MyPHR.com, a website AHIMA created to empower patients to better understand and access what is in their personal health record.

Chopra said improving our nation’s healthcare system is one of the nation’s biggest challenges and highest priorities.

“By finding innovative ways to do our jobs, we can solve one of the most important issues of our day – ensuring we can deliver a high-quality, affordable healthcare system that every American deserves,” Chopra said.

About AHIMA

Representing more than 64,000 specially educated Health Information Management professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. www.ahima.org

October 9, 2012 I Written By