AHIMA: Focus on Healthcare Big Data Analytics, Informatics in 2018

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Big data analytics, information governance, and informatics will be among the eight top issues of 2018, AHIMA predicts.

The need for big data analytics, improved informatics, and stronger information governance will be some of the top issues for healthcare organizations in 2018, according to a recent article from the Journal of AHIMA.

The coming year is set to bring regulatory changes and new challenges for healthcare providers.  To overcome these obstacles, healthcare organizations will need to leverage their big data assets with the help of qualified informaticists, analysts, and health information management (HIM) professionals.

“Health information management is an integral part of the healthcare industry,” said Pamela Lane, interim CEO of AHIMA.

“At a time when the industry continues to be in flux, HIM professionals are qualified to address and help meet the challenges and changes that 2018 will bring.”


The industry need for analytics services and projects will increase in 2018, according to Lesley Kaldec, MA, RHIA, CHDA, director of HIM practice at AHIMA.

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“In pay for performance, data analytics can help organizations make effective use of operational and technical resources, can assist with decisions on mergers and acquisitions, and help identify opportunities for new services in the community,” she says.

The regulatory reporting requirements that come with initiatives like MACRA will also keep data analysts busy in the next year, adds Kaldec. They will need to evaluate changes and ensure that data can be captured and reported.


Informaticists will work to reduce physician burnout with EHRs in 2018 by helping to optimize workflows and interfaces, according to Patty Buttner, RHIA, CDIP, CHDA, CPHI, a director of HIM practice excellence at AHIMA.

“Being involved in the creation of ‘short’ or ‘pick’ lists in the EHR may help to decrease time spent on clicking and scrolling in the EHR. Natural language processing can be implemented as well to help reduce the need to key information into the EHR,” Buttner says.

Buttner adds that informaticists will help secure patient-generated health data in mobile apps and develop interfaces and dashboards for telehealth services in the coming year.


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Enterprise-wide information retention policies will continue to trouble providers in 2018, according to Kathy Downing, MA, RHIA, CHPS, PMP, AHIMA’s vice president of informatics, information governance (IG), and standards.

Downing says that organizations with legacy health IT systems continue to have cybersecurity issues. Additionally, while organizations have data analytics and informatics tools, most still struggle with data quality.

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