Why Medical Students Need To Learn Health Information Management?

Health Information Management

Some of the reasons you should strongly consider learning how to use HIM systems as a student are: Well for starters

  1. You’ll be ahead of the curve. Learning HIM while you’re learning healthcare will help you integrate what you know, both technically and technologically.
  2. Your future work will be more efficient. One of the biggest stumbling blocks for learning HIM is the transition from standard recording methods to the electronic form. Start early and never accumulate the reams of paper work, which will then need to be transcribed into computers.
  3. You’ll be better able to incorporate teamwork into your practice. Specialists and primary care providers can quickly and accurately share electronic files with each other as well as with their staffs.
  4. You’ll be able to streamline your practice. Spend time with patients, not charting. Free your staff from constant transcribing of records. Immediate data checks can avoid costly repeat test as well.
  5. You can better protect yourself as well as your patients. Medical information is sensitive and privileged, but you can learn how to control access to these records. It’s more than just who can and who can’t see the file on your patients.

Through information management, you can personally, hide parts of a patient’s recorded depending on which user is viewing them, allowing everyone to do their jobs without compromising the privacy of the patient. So, in conclusion, health information management is here to stay and for it to be as successful as possible, medical professionals need to learn it and incorporate into their practices. Starting this integration is school can give any healthcare student a big head start, no matter what their given field of study is.

Crohn’s Disease Surgery, Moving, My Health Journey

It was a sigh of relief, but I was definitely scared, I was really scared. About a year after I was diagnosed I had so much damage in my intestine from the years that I went undiagnosed and untreated that they had to perform a bowel resection or they took out a foot of my small intestine right before the valve that connects the small and large intestine and I’m not a doctor, I only speak off of my experience and my particular situation, which I’m very knowledgeable about. However, there are so many different kinds of Crohn’s and it’s different for everyone who has it. My kind, they described it as a scarring type so when I get information in my intestine which is where I have my disease, you can have it anywhere from your mouth all throughout your digestive tract, which means when I get inflammation, the inflammation persists. The best way I can describe it is like cement, it kind of grows and then it hardens and it won’t go back down, if it’s not treated. This meant that my damaged intestine and I was getting a lot of blockages and closures and structures along my intestine, so they had to take it out reconnect the sides; and after that, they told me that I should be mainly symptom-free which was incredible. There’s no cure for Crohn’s disease but you can be in remission and you can be symptom-free and so of course I was ecstatic.

After all those years of being in pain and not knowing what was wrong with my body, and then going through a year of internally freaking out saying ‘I have this disease’ and it’s new to me and there was all this information and I didn’t know what to listen to, and it was really overwhelming and I thought wow I’ve pretty much gotten rid of it, maybe my life can go back to normal, maybe I won’t have to worry about this ever again. This is where my story gets a little rocky. Not necessarily what was going to happen to me, but how I would have to alter my life and change the way I live and be so consumed by this fear of another Crohn’s attack or being held back by my disease and it took a while for me to get used to living back at home, but I am so happy that I did and I think my path that I went down could not have been better for me in the long run. I like to think that everything happens for reason and I know definitely it does not happen in every situation, but it’s nice to look at things with the glass half full. Since I moved back from Colorado I was working closely with my doctors and we were running tests, trying out different medications, and it was a long and bumpy journey. I felt like Crohn’s was steering my life, which was exactly what I didn’t want and so I decided to do try and do everything I could to help better myself other than the medication my doctor is forgiving me.


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