EMCH Salutes Health Information Management Week, Nov. 6-12
BRUSH, Colo. (Nov. 2, 2011) – East Morgan County Hospital salutes the dedicated health information management (HIM) and health information technology (HIT) professionals on staff and in our community, who play an integral role in today’s rapidly evolving health care industry.
Their contributions will be acknowledged throughout the United States and Canada during the American Health Information Management Association’s 22nd annual Health Information and Technology Week, Nov. 6 through 12. This year’s event is themed, “Accurate Health Information for Care YOU Trust.”
“The profession has evolved extensively in a short period of time,” said Karen Blake, HIMS senior manager. “How the HIMS department supports the operations of the hospital looks completely different than it did three years ago. The EMR (Electronic Medical Record) will continue to advance and change the way we safely care for our patients at EMCH.”
Evolution is a key word for this year bringing unprecedented changes to health information management as new technology, funding and policies have taken flight for the first time. Because of the numerous complexities within the current health care landscape—meaningful use, ICD-10, regional extension centers, privacy and security, health information exchange, and quality measures—the training and skill-sets of HIM and HIT professionals is required for the efficient organization and management of health information. It is because of these professionals that the healthcare industry will continue to grow and advance in patient care and safety.
The focus of Health Information and Technology Week is to raise awareness and celebrate the evolution of HIM and HIT professionals, and the benefits of their profession working collectively to deliver quality health care through quality information.
Representing more than 61,000 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 contribute to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. www.ahima.org.
About East Morgan County Hospital
East Morgan County Hospital in Brush, Colo. is licensed by the state of Colorado and certified by Medicare as a 25-bed critical-access hospital. Designated as a Level IV Trauma Center, East Morgan includes a 24-hour emergency department with three trauma bays, two surgery suites, two recovery rooms, six pre and post operative rooms, one endoscopy room, and one outpatient surgery suite. It is part of Banner Health, one of the country’s largest nonprofit hospital systems.