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Allina Health of Minneapolis, Minnesota

HIM without Walls

Allina exemplifies “HIM Without Walls” with health information professionals involved at a variety of program levels; chairing and participating on several enterprise-wide committees; serving as subject matter experts for electronic medical record (EMR) user groups; and providing education and training. Through its HIM consolidation efforts, Allina has organized an enterprise information governance program including key components such as:

  • A centralized structure to manage the “lifecycle” of the patient record
  • Identification of HIM as approver of medical record forms for inclusion in an EMR
  • Establishment of standards for disclosure management and a designated record set
  • Identification of a master scanning/indexing resource for document naming
  • Development of project accountability for a provider address book
  • Creation of a centralized RAC/audit team to manage outbound regulatory disclosures
  • Development of enterprise consent management, legacy record management, acquisition record management, and bar code forms management

“Every facet of our operation is touched by our HIM professionals,” said Penny Wheeler, MD, Allina Health’s president and CEO. “They are critical to our success as they lead and direct regulatory affairs, privacy and compliance work, helping us streamline workflows, improve clinical quality and operational efficiency, and reduce our total cost of care.”


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