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Teaching CDI Through Interoperable Clinical Pathways Standards and Modeling Tools

Presenters at this session will present a tool for teaching CDI in HIM, informatics, and analytics academic programs as well as in vocational training at various health organizations.

CDI programs play a vital role in today's healthcare organizations that have been rapidly adopting health information technology (HIT) including EHR systems, telemedicine, and digital health applications. Electronic clinical documentation is critical to the health of patients, financial wellbeing of healthcare facilities and patient care providers, and the overall reputation/rating of health care organizations. CDI programs efforts result in enhanced quality of medical documentation, improved information access, and coordination of care across the healthcare continuum and reduced costs.

CDI process includes repeatable activities for developing clinical pathways and associated data templates for data capture in EHR and ancillary information systems and digital applications. These activities are similar to informatics activities during the requirement elicitation process for documenting users' needs for information systems design.

Using a learning resource application, presenters at this session will demonstrate how repeatable CDI activities could be streamlined to enable the development and storage of CDI artifacts: knowledge base (clinical guidelines, operational policies, etc.); clinical pathways; and data templates. The tool allows the development of clinical pathways using Business Process Management (BPM) standards and the development of data templates using Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standards.

Learner Outcomes

After completing this session, participants will be able to:

• Discuss the need for CDI training in academic and professional education.
• Demonstrate a value of standardization of clinical pathways and data templates using business process management (BPM) and fast health interoperability resources (FHIR) standards for CDI programs.
• Demonstrate the use of modeling tools in CDI activities and personnel training.


Lee Wise, MS, RHIA, CHCO
Clinch Valley Medical Center Richlands, VA

Nicole Miller, RHIA
Miller And Miller Associates USA, LLC Lockport, NY
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