The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) announced today that OU Medicine has chosen to use the AHIMA library of physician query templates available in Artifact Health's mobile physician query platform.
As the leading source of health information management (HIM) education, training and policy making, AHIMA updated in 2019 its Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice to establish and support industry-wide best practices for the function of clinical documentation querying. Through its partnership with Artifact Health, AHIMA is able to provide standardized, electronic query templates and educational guidance for physicians, CDI professionals and HIM professionals. These templates help clarify clinical documentation and ultimately improve the quality of patient records.
"...[W]e have been able to completely transform our query process."
– Jennifer Dhooge, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CRC, OU Medicine director of HIM
"We are thrilled to work with AHIMA and Artifact to be able to standardize physician queries across our system while ensuring compliance and improving the quality of our patient records," said Jennifer Dhooge, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CRC, OU Medicine director of HIM, coding and CDI. "Coupled with the innovative mobile query platform provided by Artifact, we have been able to completely transform our query process."
"AHIMA is pleased that OU Medicine is taking advantage of our library of physician query templates," said AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE. "Our alliance with Artifact Health continues to decrease administrative burdens for hospitals and health systems, while boosting the accuracy of patient records. I'm proud our strategic vision is helping to improve patient outcomes and save resources."
Artifact Health provides the first and only mobile platform that streamlines the physician query process. Traditionally, the query process can be onerous and time-consuming for physicians, clinical documentation specialists and medical coders. With Artifact Health's HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based, mobile query platform, physicians respond to a query compliantly in seconds with as few as three taps on their smartphone.
"We are excited to provide OU Medicine with an opportunity to work with AHIMA experts to standardize compliant query workflow," said Marisa MacClary, co-founder and CEO of Artifact Health. "Artifact customers are committed and passionate about reducing query burden on their busy providers. By adding AHIMA's world-class knowledge and best practices to query workflow, our customers ensure queries and educational guidance are accurate, compliant, and current."
About Artifact Health
Artifact Health provides the first and only mobile platform that streamlines the physician query process so hospitals can improve the quality of patient records and ensure full reimbursement for services. Already in use by thousands of physicians, Artifact simplifies a traditionally time-consuming, multi-step process allowing physicians to respond to queries anytime, anywhere in seconds. By shortening average physician response time to queries by 20x, Artifact helps CDI specialists and coders receive more accurate responses faster, which can translate into capturing missed reimbursement for hospitals and ensuring more accurate medical records for patients. Visit www.artifacthealth.com to learn more.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is a global nonprofit association of health information (HI) professionals. AHIMA represents professionals who work with health data for more than one billion patient visits each year. AHIMA's mission of empowering people to impact health drives our members and credentialed HI professionals to ensure health information is accurate, complete, and available to patients and providers. Our leaders work at the intersection of healthcare, technology, and business, and are found in data integrity and information privacy job functions worldwide. Visit www.ahima.org for more information.
About OU Medicine
OU Medicine — along with its academic partner, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center — is the state's only comprehensive academic health system of hospitals, clinics and centers of excellence. With 11,000 employees and more than 1,300 physicians and advanced practice providers, OU Medicine is home to Oklahoma's largest physician network with a complete range of specialty care. OU Medicine serves Oklahoma and the region with the state's only freestanding children's hospital, the only National Cancer Institute-Designated Stephenson Cancer Center and Oklahoma's flagship hospital, which serves as the state's only Level 1 trauma center. OU Medicine is the No. 1 ranked hospital system in Oklahoma, and its oncology program at Stephenson Cancer Center and OU Medical Center ranked in the Top 50 in the nation, in the 2019-2020 rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. OU Medicine's mission is to lead healthcare in patient care, education and research. To learn more, visit www.oumedicine.com.