BC Advantage - 2012 Issue 10

How Sandy/Isaac Will Impact Health Information

By Julie Wolter, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA; Marsha Dolan, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA; and Julie Dooling, RHITHurricane Isaac was just one example of chaos and devastation caused by a natural disaster. In 2011 alone, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reported 99 major disaster declarations, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported 1,096 fatalities from weather events.Disasters arrive in various forms and often occur without warning. But while we can't predict when they will arrive, we can prepare. Healthcare consumers must actively plan to protect themselves, family members, and loved ones. HIM professionals must plan for anticipated threats and...

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