Important Advice – “Think Outside the EHR”

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This week on our Excellence in Health Information blog, we are honored to host Valerie Watzlaf as our guest blogger. Valerie J. M. Watzlaf, Ph.D., FAHIMA, RHIA is an Associate Professor within the Department of Health Information Management in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She is very active in professional and scientific societies having served on the Data Quality Task Force of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Chairperson of the Coding, Policy, and Strategy Committee of AHIMA, the Research Committee of AHIMA, the Council on Accreditation of AHIMA and currently serving as a Board member of AHIMA.

Dr. Watzlaf asks HIM professionals and students to “think outside the EHR” to the true integrity and usefulness of health information in support of patient health.  She asks them to question, ” is it best to document to get it done and meet regulations or to provide documentation integrity, quality and perfection?”

Please join us in this important discussion  – HIM Professionals of the Future:  “Think Outside the EHR.”

All my best as always,


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