A new free white paper from the American Health Information Management Association examines how the concept of accountable care organizations will change the way health information is captured, stored and used.

The paper, Accountable Care: Implications for Managing Health Information, explains five mechanisms for performing analysis of health information to support reconfiguring of HIM processes and redefining how the information is used to support specific features of accountable care.

The mechanisms include patient registries, predictive modeling, interoperable electronic health records, using analytics to better understand resources during an episode of care and variances among patients, and models of EHR integration with portals, health information exchanges, and administrative and clinical databases.

Other areas covered in the paper include changing the concept of the medical record, supporting patients in understanding and using health information, and coding for quality, efficiency and risk management purposes. The AHIMA report is available here.


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