How are the objectives accomplished?
•The first objective is accomplished in the traditional setting through functions generally consolidated and managed under the auspices of the HIM director. It includes such functions as record assembly, analysis, coding and abstracting, correspondence, special registries, and medical transcription.
•The second objective includes use of the information through functions such as creating and maintaining efficient filing and retrieval systems, master patient indices, chart and information retrieval and filing, release of information, and data retrieval for quality assurance, registries (for example, tumor, trauma), and other evaluative purposes
•These objectives are met within a highly regulated environment and managed with limited resources
•This necessitates professional guidance by those with health information management skills, which includes knowledge in the administration of highly regulated activities.
•Clearly, e-health companies having many of the same business objectives and challenges as traditional healthcare organizations need HIM knowledge and skills in developing processes that will meet their business objectives with a high level of quality and cost benefit