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The Endangered Medical Record: Ensuring Its Integrity in the Age of Informatics [Paperback]

Vergil N. Slee , Debora A. Slee , H. Joachim Schmidt


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Book Description

April 2000 0961525525 978-0961525521
This book serves two purposes: (1) it is a comprehensive textbook on disease classification, coding and coding systems, medical records, and the history of health information systems in the U.S., including extensive appendices, bibliography, and index; (2) it exposes serious problems in our national health information "system" and proposes solutions. Written for healthcare and information professionals and students, the book is nevertheless accessible to the layperson.

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  • Paperback: 606 pages
  • Publisher: Tringa Pr (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961525525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961525521
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Timely Alert for the Health Care Field May 23 2000
By Peter Rogatz, M.D. - Published on Amazon.com
As a physician-administrator (now retired), I have observed with some dismay the disorganized state of medical record keeping, as health care providers struggle to keep abreast of developments in the era of digital information. This book is a wake-up call to physicians, nurses, health care executives, insurance managers and all others concerned with the delivery of health care and the maintaining of medical information. It covers the field of medical record-keeping in a clear and comprehensive manner and demonstrates persuasively the need for reform to assure consistent organization and coding of all medical information. It belongs in the hands of all health care leaders -- not on the bookshelf, but on the desk where it will be used.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Health Information: The basis for health care administration Aug. 17 2001
By David Z. - Published on Amazon.com
Information from the health record forms the basis for health services administration. One of the reasons for health care crisis in Canada and the United States is the lack of pertinent, reliable and valid information about health services and the results of health services.
The authors weave compelling arguments to explaine why current health information systems 1)encourage distortion of information 2) fail to capture sufficient clinical detail, 3) Use ambiguous codes and 4) use classification systems for purposes for which they were not intended.
This thoughtful book will help those who wish to understand the underlying reasons why there are major problems in American and Canadian health care delivery systems.
The recommended solutions could be helpful as clinicians and administrators attempt to gain vital information about access to care, the outcomes of care and the efficency of health care delivery.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear thinking on a murky subject Nov. 28 2000
By Dorothy - Published on Amazon.com
This book exhibited clear thinking and clear writing about a subject on which the authors are unmistakably experts. It presents not only the frightening state of medical records today but also a workable solution. Parts of the book can and should be used as a reference, but reading it all the way through gives a detailed overview that surely doesn't exist anywhere else. Incredibly for this topic, the book is written with good humor and interesting examples. I recommend this book highly to anyone connected with medical records, including those of us who may have them out there somewhere.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Medical Records Need a Doctor! July 13 2001
By Ruth Bebermeyer - Published on Amazon.com
Before I read this book, I had given virtually no thought to the state of my medical record, assuming that it is accurate, complete and helpful to any physicians who care for me now or in the future. Like most non-healthcare professionals and average patients, my concerns have revolved around whether or not I received effective and compassionate care and whether my health insurance covered the costs. This book clearly explains why and how the current electronic record system is woefully lacking in specific diagnostic and treatment information that is critical in patient care and in determining public health policy. It also spells out how these flaws can be corrected. I am appalled to think that my medical record is in such sorry state...the information in this book should be common knowledge, and something should be done to correct the problem!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book should be required reading! July 9 2001
By William E. Fuller - Published on Amazon.com
I found The Endangered Medical Record very interesting indeed. I had no concept of what a convoluted mess the medical record info was in. Pretty sad situation when you consider the medical industry moves more billions of dollars annually than the economies of most small countries.
The authors' proposed keyed entity coding system, if done properly, would retain a vast amount of accessible, critical medical information. A goldmine for epidemiologists. If all codes were then somehow put into a WHO/CDC (or other national databases) and were available as a global data pool it would be a quantum leap foreword in some of the upcoming bio crises which will surely emerge. It would all depend on a global sandardization of source coding and subsequent code capture/analysis mechanisms.
This is a fine book. Considering the span of the subject matter, the authors have done a remarkable job of reducing it to clarity. After completing the book I had an old familiar feeling I used to get after completing a college course.

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