Mobile Computing - Professional Practice Brief Online Module

March 23, 2017

The latest evolution in mobile technology and the use of wireless networks in support of mobile health (mHealth) has the potential to transform the way healthcare is delivered around the globe.  The Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) and the Ontario Hospital Association have partnered to provide you with this Professional Practice Brief (PPB) online module on Mobile Computing

The PPB outlines the types of mobile computing devices being use in healthcare today and outlines the benefits. By completing the module, learners will garner a better understanding of the valuable role a Health Information Management (HIM) professional can play in supporting organizations goals in patient safety and quality of care.  

According to Canada Health Infoway, clinicians want portable, convenient, and useful tools to assist them in their practice.  mHealth (mobile and wireless) options are enabling them to practice medicine anywhere and at any time. There is good reason to pay attention to this as studies predict mHealth has the potential to reduce the administrative burden of healthcare delivery for clinicians by 20 to 30 per cent. 

The main challenges of mobile computing are also discussed in the practice brief along with guidelines on the administrative support an HIM professional can bring to the discussion from a privacy and medicolegal standpoint as the health information generated by a mobile device is also part of an organization's legal health record and is subject to requests for disclosures, subpoenas, and e-discovery. As experts in data collection and use, the HIM professional can also guide users on how health information generated by a mobile device could be used for many non-clinical applications that use medical records—such as audits, health research, and information reporting.

This module includes a pdf peer reviewed document created and reviewed by subject matter experts along with a ten question quiz to test the reader’s knowledge upon completion of reviewing the PPB.  A certificate is offered to all individuals who receive an 80% or better response to the quiz, which may be accepted for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits from your professional association.  Health Information Professionals will earn 1 CPE credit for the successful completion of this Mobile Computing PPB module.

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