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Health Information Literacy and Skills

Knowledge of the existing and emerging principles and concepts of health records.

Critical Work Functions

  • Describe the principles of structure, design, and use of health information (such as individual, comparative reports, and trended data)
    • Differentiate between the types of patient health records (such as paper-based, electronic health record, personal health record)
      • Be aware of complex workflows practiced in the delivery of patient care and in related business operations in order to efficiently and optimally migrate to a computerized environment
        • Communicate health/medical information using standard definitions, vocabularies, terminologies and/or relevant data sets as used in the organization's health information systems
          • Demonstrate knowledge of health information systems used by the organization including resources, routes, and flow of information
            • Describe e-health initiatives as they relate to business and consumers (e.g., personal health, scheduling, screenings, evaluations, assessments)
              • Identify barriers associated with computerized health data
                • Know and apply policies and procedures regarding release of any patient-specific data to authorized users
                  Technical Content Areas

                  • Content and uses of health information
                    • Knowledge of: anatomy, physiology, disease processes, pharmacology, and medical terminology
                      • Content and format of types of medical records
                        • Organization policy regarding storage and transfer of information
                          • Health data sets (for example OASIS, HEDIS, UHDDS)
                            • Health terminologies and classification systems
                              • Health information systems
                                • Interoperability