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Web Resources for  Electronic Medical Records

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Professional Associations

AAPC: American Academy of Professional Coders
Provides education and certification for professional medical coders and provides links to local chapters. [9/16]
AHIMA: American Health Information Management Association
AHIMA is a health informatics and information management community which advances professional practice and standards through leadership in advocacy, education, certification, and lifelong learning. [9/16]
AMIA: American Medical Informatics Association
AMIA connects a broad community of professionals and students interested in informatics. The main five communities covered are Translational Bioinformatics, Clinical Research Informatics, Clinical Informatics, Consumer Health Informatics, and Public Health Informatics. [9/16]
HIMSS: Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.  [9/16]

Topics and Issues

CPT: Current Procedural Terminology
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The American Medical Association (AMA) developed Current Procedural Terminology and it is a widely accepted medical nomenclature used to report medical procedures and services under public and private health insurance programs. This page describes the process of how CPT codes are maintained and how to request changes or a new code. Also provided are continuing coding education opportunities and downloadable copies of the CPT (for a fee).  [9/16]
EPIC: Medical Record Privacy
This page is hosted by the EPIC - Electronic Privacy Information Center and provides information on current problems and pending legislation related to medical records and medical privacy.  [9/16]
HIE: Health Information Exchange Answers
This site describes what HIE is and offers a terminology and an acronym section. Also included is a news section and a link to online radio talk discussing HIE issues. [9/16]
Health IT: Health Information Technology
Health information technology (Health IT) is the official government site of that name. They propose to make it possible for health care providers to better manage patient care through secure use and sharing of health information. Health IT includes the use of electronic health records (EHRs) instead of paper medical records to maintain people's health information. [9/16]
HITECH Act: The Health Information Technology for Economic and
Clinical Health Act

This is the full text of the government act passed by Congress as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. [9/16]

HITECH Act Summary
Condensed version of the The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act). [9/16]

HIPAA FAQs for Professionals
The HIPAA Privacy Rule[Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act]  provides federal protections for individually identifiable health information. This searchable page contains frequently asked questions about the act and provides links to government sources about it.  [9/16] 
The World Health Organization [WHO] has links to all versions of ICD-10 [Classification of Diseases] including the most current version, 2016.

The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is the standard diagnostic tool for epidemiology, health management and clinical purposes. This includes the analysis of the general health situation of population groups. It is used to monitor the incidence and prevalence of diseases and other health problems, proving a picture of the general health situation of countries and populations.  All Member States use the ICD which has been translated into 43 languages. [9/16]

What is “Meaningful Use”?
Describes this government endorsed program for the health industry to adopt electronic medical records. [9/16]

Last update 2017.04/JH