AHIMA creates workgroups to develop legal medical record standards

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The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is taking on the issue of creating standards for new EHR systems so that patient medical records meet the requirements of a legal record, according to a release.

Towards that goal, the organization has assembled three workgroups of industry experts to identify the issues in establishing an EHR system as the legal record and to develop materials to accelerate the process.

 "Our goal is to build practical tools and professional guidance from the conformance criteria developed by HL7 to address issues of a legal EHR system," said Michelle Dougherty, AHIMA's manager of practice leadership in a release. "In the end, regardless of the format, a sound legal medical record still needs to be complete and accurate, and reflect consistent data."

The workgroup's reports will include resources related to defining the legal EHR, maintaining a legal EHR, and the legal process. These reports will be released starting in September.

For more information regarding the e-HIM Practice Standards Reports, visit www.ahima.org.