One of the most important and compelling parts of a career in health IT is the knowledge that your work on the technology side of things has a direct impact on the wellbeing and treatment of patients. An obvious example of that is how EHRs can help increase accuracy in medical coding.
Medical coding is a system of numbers and letters that identify diagnoses, symptoms, treatments, and any other standard communication between healthcare professionals, hospital management, and even insurance providers. There are several different types of code, and numerous rules and regulations that govern coding in order to ensure accuracy in medical records.
Accurate medical coding is critical to a patient's overall experience because it ensures that:
- The patient's past medical information can be easily interpreted by every caregiver who encounters that patient
- Current diagnoses and treatments are documented clearly for the purposes of both ongoing care and insurance billing
- Communication between care areas is smooth, clean, and efficient
Ensuring accuracy in patient records was a huge part of the push for EHR implementation in the last decade. The American Health Information Management Association notes that:
"Electronic documentation tools offer many features that are designed to increase both the quality and the utility of clinical documentation, enhancing communication between all healthcare providers. These features address traditional well-known requirements for documentation principles while supporting expansive new technologies."
However, the AHIMA says, the work is not done. And that's where qualified and capable health IT professionals come in.
While healthcare facilities work to train their staff in the proper use of EHRs in order to ensure accurate coding, health IT professionals must work to find the most effective and secure methods for entering, transferring, and storing that information.
By optimizing the coding mechanisms in these EHR systems, health IT workers are directly impacting the clarity and efficiency with which patient data is transferred, and consequently, their care.
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