Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Health Information or The Sovereign Individual

Health Information: Management of a Strategic Resource

Author: Mervat Abdelhak

Written for use in several Health Information Management courses within the HIA curriculum, this text emphasizes the deployment of information technology and the role of the HIM professional in the development of the electronic health record. With the AHIMA and U.S. government initiative for all patient records to go electronic, this text gives HIM students the education they need to work with the electronic health record. Each chapter begins with a chapter outline, key words, common abbreviations and learning objectives and ends with a key concept summary and references. The 3rd edition includes updated content plus instructional examples from diverse areas of health care delivery, such as long-term care, home health care, and ambulatory care. It also includes a new chapter on industry viewpoints.

  • Well-known and respected authors including former presidents of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
  • All chapters pay special attention to the electronic health care record to help students learn the electronic methods of organizing, maintaining and abstracting from the patient health care record.
  • Follows the new AHIMA curriculum for the four-year bachelor degree program and focuses on electronic health information management or e-HIM.
  • Textbook, Student Study Guide and Evolve website all tie content together in one complete package to give students a variety of learning experiences.
  • Includes instructional examples from diverse areas of health care delivery, such as long-term care, home health care, ambulatory care, and even large physician practices.
  • Privacy and Health Law chapter addresses HIPAA Privacy andSecurity information based on the new laws and regulations.
  • Research and Epidemiology chapter contains content on disease registries.
  • Managing Electronic Health Record Systems chapter includes content on the differences between project activities and operational activities.
  • Revenue Cycle and Financial Management chapter contains content on the chargemaster; case mix; and reimbursement and the revenue cycle.
  • Includes a new chapter on industry viewpoints - presented in a unique, conversational format - where several industry experts discuss such important topics as: the future of the HIM industry, international HIM, and the current state of the HIM professional.
  • Karen Patena

    This is a comprehensive text for the health information management profession, beginning with a historical review of healthcare delivery systems and the development of the HIM profession, and then building on the concepts of data as a resource, its transformation to information, and its future role in the computer-based patient record. Designed as a textbook, the focus is on four key areas: healthcare data; information management and use; management; and health information systems. It presents a fresh approach to today's fundamentals and future challenges of health information management practice. There is an emphasis on quality in practice throughout the text. Designed for health information management students and practitioners, it presents the expanded scope and domains of health information management practice today and in the future. It also informs other health professionals (administrators, information systems professionals, researchers) about the role of health information management professionals. The contributors represent the specialties of health information management, public health, and community medicine. The book is organized into six major sections. Each chapter begins with an outline, key words, abbreviations defined, and objectives. A glossary provides definitions of all keywords. There is a detailed table of contents and alphabetic index. Many two-color illustrations include tables, charts, examples of forms, and highlights of important points. The most useful point is that the book is accompanied by an assignment workbook, review manual, electronic test bank, and instructor's manual, which are outstanding. This extensive text for the health informationmanagement profession will probably become a classic for all educational programs in the field. It provides a much-needed update of the evolving field, stressing data and the technology, systems, and requirements to transform it to quality information essential to the future computer-based patient record. There is a great deal of material here, which some students may find overwhelming. The last chapter presents viewpoints of future health information management issues, written by experts, to stimulate discussion.

    Doody Review Services

    Reviewer: LouAnn Schraffenberger, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P (Univ of Illinois at Chicago School of Biomed & Health Info Mgmt)
    Description: The is both a textbook and reference for the health information management (HIM) professional. Healthcare data, information management and use, management, and health information systems are the four keys areas of the profession on which the book focuses. The chapters also address areas that are frequently the responsibility of health information managers such as risk management, legal issues, and financial management. This is the second edition.
    Purpose: Designed as a textbook for health information administration and technology students, this book can also be used by both the new professional and seasoned practitioner. The scope and domain of health information management practice and the role of the health information manager are described, as is the role of health information in the delivery of quality healthcare.
    Audience: The primary audience includes students and faculty in health reformation educational programs at both the bachelor and associate degree levels. The secondary audiences are health information management professionals working in the healthcare industry and related businesses. The four editors are experienced educators in well-respected health information programs. The 21 contributing authors include HIM educators and practitioners with a wide variety of knowledge and skills.
    Features: The five major section in which the book is organized are Foundations of Health Information Management, Health Care Data, Data Management and Use, Management, and Information Systems. A study guide is provided with pre-test and chapter review questions, 100 assignments, case studies, group exercises, and field experience activities. A CD-ROM included with the Study Guide has additional assignments and questions. The Instructor's Manual has answers to the assignments, educational tips, a Power-Point image library, and a large test bank of questions and answers.
    Assessment: Every health information administration and technology educational program must include this as a primary textbook. The Study Guide provides students with various assignments and questions to strengthen their learning experience. Teacher will find the Instructor's Manual a valuable resource with a wealth of materials to make their job easier. This book can be used in several HIM courses over the course of two or more years. Some of the educators in associate degree HIM programs considered the first edition "too advanced" for their students. I encourage these educators to take another look at this book as it is relevant for all HIM professionals. The book's value does not end at graduation, as it can be used as a reference by graduates as they begin their professional career. Any individual attempting to return to HIM practice should buy and read this book cover to cover to catch up with what they might have missed during their time away from the profession..


    4 Stars! from Doody

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    The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age

    Author: James Dale Davidson

    Two renowned investment advisors and authors of the bestseller The Great Reckoning bring to light both currents of disaster and the potential for prosperity and renewal in the face of radical changes in human history as we move into the next century. The Sovereign Individual details strategies necessary for adapting financially to the next phase of Western civilization.

    Few observers of the late twentieth century have their fingers so presciently on the pulse of the global political and economic realignment ushering in the new millennium as do James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg. Their bold prediction of disaster on Wall Street in Blood in the Streets was borne out by Black Tuesday. In their ensuing bestsellar, The Great Reckoning, published just weeks before the coup attempt against Gorbachev, they analyzed the pending collapse of the Soviet Union and foretold the civil war in Yugoslavia and other events that have proved to be among the most searing developments of the past few years.

    In The Sovereign Individual, Davidson and Rees-Mogg explore the greatest economic and political transition in centuries — the shift from an industrial to an information-based society. This transition, which they have termed "the fourth stage of human society," will liberate individuals as never before, irrevocably altering the power of government. This outstanding book will replace false hopes and fictions with new understanding and clarified values.

    Table of Contents:


    1. The Transition of the Year 2000: The Fourth Stage of Human Society

    2. Megapolitical Transformations in Historic Perspective

    3. East of Eden: The Agricultural Revolution and the Sophistication of Violence

    4. The Last Days of Politics: Parallels Between the Senile Decline of the Holy Mother Church and the Nanny State

    5. The Life and Death of the Nation-State: Democracy and Nationalism as Resource Strategies in the Age of Violence

    6. The Megapolitics of the Information Age: The Triumph of Efficiency over Power

    7. Transcending Locality: The Emergence of the Cybereconomy

    8. The End of Egalitarian Economics: The Revolution in Earnings Capacity in a World Without Jobs

    9. Nationalism, Reaction, and the New Luddites

    10. The Twilight of Democracy

    11. Morality and Crime in the "Natural Economy" of the Information Age


    Appendix: Resources for Achieving Independence



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