External Standards Regulations and Initiatives

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External standards, regulations and initiatives The health care sector is impacted by numerous changes and challenges, such as increasing need for health care provision, changing demands from patients or rapidly evolving technologies. In the context of evolving technologies, the developments occur not only in the actual provision of the medical act, but also at the level of the complementary operations, such as health care information management. At a general level, HIM (health information management) represents the totality of efforts completed in the adequate collection, storage and usage of information related to the patients and relevant within the context of health care provision. Health information management is subjected to pressures and changes from both the internal as well as the external environments, and is constantly subjected to the need to change and adapt. At the level of the external environment, health information management in itself, as well as the people employed in the adjacent departments, are continually impacted by new standards, regulations and initiatives. The scope of these standards, regulations and initiatives is usually that of increasing the efficiency and quality within the health care system, "o provide a secure, nationwide, interoperable health information infrastructure that will connect providers, consumers, and others involved in supporting health and healthcare" (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). The impact of these
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