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Reasons why HIM department reviews patient medical records?

Can you give me reasons why HIM department reviews patient medical records?


The Health Information Management (HIM) department is typically responsible for compiling and organizing patients medical records as well as entering this information into the EMR (Electronic Medical Records) system - and also making sure these records are secure.

Here’s the most likely reasons I can think of for HIM review of medical records:

To make sure the information is complete and accurate and ensure all the necessary forms are complete and signed - sort of a quality assurance function.

The HIM department may also review patient records for other reasons such as audits, to determine trends, to respond to or resolve billing or legal issues.

Research and education is another reason for medical record review. This would be to analyze clinical data on disease patterns and treatment, determine the results of treatments, survival rates, etc.

Hope this helps.

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