- The need for a federal requirement for EHR systems to receive transcribed reports generated from narrative dictation so that physicians can document a patient's full health story and still meet federal requirements for EHR adoption.
- The availability of existing innovative technologies that will convert narrative text into the kind of codified data required by EHR systems.
- The role of the documentation knowledge worker in partnering with physicians and these emerging technologies to ensure that the focus is not just on how health information is captured but also on how well and how accurately it's being recorded.
- The need for federal funding for workforce development to ensure the skills of healthcare documentation professionals will continue to play a relevant and contributory role in the healthcare documentation process.
Also included in Lea's article are a couple of links to promotional materials that should prove very useful in advocacy efforts. One is a poster entitled, "Capturing America's Healthcare Story."
The other link is to the AHDI/CDIA Advocacy Agenda which contains a wealth of information and focused talking points. Both of these resources can be used by working MTs in our own spheres of influence to make the case for the value of what we do. As important as it is to lobby our legislators in Washington, the real work of advocacy has to happen at the grassroots level in order to educate the healthcare industry and the public at large about the critical importance of an accurate patient story.
Jay Vance, CMT
AHDI Lounge Administrator/Moderator