Health Information Services (HIM)
HMC Health Information Management (HIM) organizes and manages your health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. HIM uses various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.
The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is an electronic version of a patient’s medical history, that is maintained by the medical provider over time, and may include all of the key administrative clinical data relevant to a patient’s care under a particular provider, including demographics, progress notes, problems, medications, vital signs, past medical history, immunizations, laboratory data and radiology reports.
The EHR automates access to information and has the potential to streamline a clinician's workflow. The EHR also has the ability to support other care-related activities directly or indirectly through various interfaces, including evidence-based decision support, quality management, and outcome reporting.
EHRs are the next step in the continued progress of healthcare that can strengthen the relationship between patients and clinicians. The data, and the timeliness and availability of it, will enable providers to make better decisions and provide better care.
For example, the EHR can improve patient care by:
• Reducing the incidence of medical error by improving the accuracy and clarity of medical records.
• Making the health information available, reducing duplication of tests, reducing delays in treatment, and patients well informed to take better decisions.
• Reducing medical error by improving the accuracy and clarity of medical records.
HMC is already on target for converting to the electronic health record so we may continue to assure our patients medical records are the most up-to-date they can possibly be.