Health Information Management


The Health Information Management (HIM) department is dedicated to the effective management of patient information and healthcare data needed to deliver quality treatment and care to the public. The HIM professionals are responsible for the collection, storage, coding, processing, analysis, interpretations, application, privacy, and release of information for all inpatient and outpatient health records. The goal of the Health Information Management Department is to ensure the accuracy, confidentiality and accessibility of health records in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. The health record documents the service provided by clinical professionals and allied health professionals.

The HIM Department is open 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday.

The concepts of privacy, confidentiality, and security are central to our HIM department. Security ensures that the information stored in a health record is protected from unauthorized alteration, damage and loss. For more information on how our Medical Records/Health Information Management department functions, or to access a copy of your records, contact Blue Mountain Hospital District HIM Department 541-575-1311. You may also click on the link below for the medical record release authorization form.

Medical Record Release Authorization


Notice of Privacy Practices


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES


The Health Information Management (HIM) Department is involved in providing and processing patient records. These records contain patient information extending from pre-admission, through discharge, and afterward until that record is complete. The HIM Department receives all medical records the day after discharge, or date of service, in order to finalize processing the records in a timely fashion. This process includes:

1) Prepping, indexing and scanning all paper medical records

2) Analyzing the health record for completeness and accuracy

3) Quality Review of all imaged documents

4) Coding (The coding personnel are responsible for abstracting diagnoses and procedures from medical records and assigning an alpha-numeric code to ensure accurate billing to a patient's insurance company, and also for data collection purposes.)

5) Distribution of transcribed reports including history and physicals, discharge summaries, consultations, operative notes, progress notes and other medical record reports from admission through the completion of the hospital inpatient or outpatient stay

6) Maintaining the Master Patient Index

7) Releasing patient information

8) Registering all Births with the State of Oregon

OTHER SERVICES:


We have 2 staff members that are Notary Public's- Danetta Lewis and Roselin Johns.

Lori Lane, RHIT, CCS, CHP is the HIPAA Privacy Officer for the District.