May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

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It is getting warmer outside and turning from spring to summer very quickly…its almost Memorial Day, where many people will spend the weekend lounging by the pool, at the beach or cooking BBQ!  Along with all fun in the sun that summer brings, it also brings sunburns.  Sunburns may seem like just a temporary irritation, but can cause serious permanent damage, especially over time.  Sunburns can lead to premature aging, sunspots and skin cancer.  Children are especially vulnerable to sunburns, as their skin is very delicate and sensitive.

Celebrate Health Information Professionals Week!

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The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) will honor and celebrate health information professionals during the 25th annual Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week, March 16‒22, 2014. This year’s theme is “Transforming Healthcare with Information.” “The work health information management (HIM) professionals do to ensure the integrity of health information is imperative to clinical and administrative decision making. Access to accurate information helps all of us make important decisions and leads to a healthy society,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. “AHIMA’s Health Information Professionals Week spotlights the important role HIM professionals play in our healthcare system.”

The Pros and Cons of Electronic Health Records

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EHR, or Electronic Health Records, are currently being implemented in many areas of the American healthcare system. This is important because as the use of EHR becomes more and more prevalent, healthcare professionals such as Medical Assistants will be increasingly expected to utilize electronic health records as part of their day-to-day responsibilities. It may be required for all hospitals and offices to have EHR fully installed eventually and all patients to have their personal health records digitized. And while this system means information can be shared between health-care settings, it does raise some concerns as well. Pros: EHR can dramatically reduce medical prescription errors, of which there are millions each year in the United States. When physicians make a referral, they are able to easily forward the patient’s complete medical record and share their comments. Reduced appointment wait time due to EHR’s easy sharing capabilities. Access for patients to view…

Program Spotlight: Health Information Degree & Diploma

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The growing field of Health Information (Medical Billing and Coding) is perfect for those who are detail oriented, enjoy working independently, and have an interest in technology and computers. Health Information Specialists use specific computer systems to collect, process, retrieve, and communicate information to support the operations and management teams within healthcare organizations. And with electronic medical record implementation on the rise, the role of the Health Information Specialist is becoming increasingly critical. There are many benefits of earning either a diploma or an associate degree before entering into the field of Health Information. To prepare, students take courses in Billing & Coding and learn valuable skills in a variety of computer programs that are commonly used in the Health Information field. Students interested in a degree will also take courses in human resources management and medical office management, as well as general education courses, that will provide them with…