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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Felicia A. Barrett, MLS (University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford)
Description: This introduction to the field of health information management (HIM) provides detailed explanations of the world of electronic health records and the management of the data in these records.
Purpose: The book is intended as an introductory text for students in the health information administrator and the health information technician programs. It also serves as a general reference and research tool for professionals in healthcare. There is always a need for a book written in a user-friendly manner with a clear and concise format.
Audience: This type of book is necessary for any college or university library that teaches allied health students in the field of health information management. It is also a good introductory textbook for an allied health course on HIM. It may fill a need in a hospital library as a reference book on HIM on an elementary level. The appendix consists of samples of HIPAA Notices of Privacy Practices, which are required in all healthcare environments. The author is a lawyer and HIM professional.
Features: The 15 chapters are grouped into three major units: an introduction to health information management, clinical data management, and management issues. Other helpful features include a glossary, web site resources, sample HIPAA privacy notices, federal laws applicable to HIM, and selected HIPAA regulations which can be quite useful for many healthcare professionals. The author uses plenty of illustrations to explain the text. Mostly, the book is illustrated with flow charts and tables with few graphs. The purple color scheme used in the book is a bit overwhelming at times and at the beginning of many of the illustrations, the color is too dark to read the text easily.
Assessment: This book can be a useful introduction to the field of HIM. It is a comprehensive resource for any healthcare facility that needs to understand all the facets of an electronic health information system.