HIIM Chair, Assistant Professor
After attending the American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium last week in San Francisco, I have two big takeaways. First, there was a major focus on data quality. With the rapid implementation of electronic health record systems, there continues to be issues related to the quality of the data and its impact on care delivery, research, and other uses. The relationship between these data quality issues and the need for HIIM professionals with the ability to improve data can’t be understated.
Second, I continue to be impressed with the quality of CSS HIIM student research. Jean Scott, current CSS MS Health Informatics student, conducted a presentation regarding the impact of technology downtime in healthcare settings at the AMIA Annual Symposium. Jean provided multiple examples regarding the impact of technology at her current place of employment, and I was extremely impressed by her discussion about the analysis of each example and how the organization has responded to ensure that the risks are mitigated moving forward.
|Jean Scott presenting at AMIA Annual Symposium|
It is always great to connect with students. Jean’s presentation showcased the challenges confronting the issue of data quality within electronic health record applications, yet also reflected the engagement of current students in working toward addressing it.
Finally, I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for our engaged group of students, alumni, and friends. I wish you all the best.