Document Type

Research Project

Publication Date

2014

Abstract

Health information management (HIM) staffs in health care facilities have a long history of managing medical records in a paper format. Since 2009, with the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), health care facilities have been rapidly changing from a paper medical record system to an electronic system. The adoption of electronic record systems has reduced or eliminated paper medical record forms which consequently changed many HIM staff’s jobs. A survey of HIM professionals was conducted in two southeastern states to determine any increase or decrease in HIM staff numbers and to identify any changes in required HIM skill levels. While the response rate of the survey was low, the survey results yielded much information about the actual changes HIM staffs are experiencing with the adoption of electronic record systems in their health care facilities. This information will be valuable to HIM professionals by aiding them in developing realistic strategic plans for the future of their HIM departments.