Information Systems Faculty Publications and Presentations

Breaking Down Healthcare's Silos: University of Kansas Medical Center's Interprofessional Education Fostering 'HIM Without Walls'

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A faculty member in the health information management (HIM) department at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) attended a campus retreat in June 2011 that not only energized his personal perspective of HIM, but also shed new light on the future of HIM at the university. Norbert Belz, PhD, MHSA, RHIA, attended the interprofessional education (IPE) retreat not so much because he thought HIM would be a key player in the medical center’s journey to IPE, but because he had been asked by the dean to attend. It wasn’t long before a light bulb lit in Belz’s mind as he realized not only would HIM be involved in IPE at KUMC, but that HIM is essential to IPE because most of the activities surrounding patient care rely on coordination and collaboration of patients’ health information. The following is a look at how the technique of IPE is being utilized at KUMC and the benefits both students and educators have seen from the program.


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Journal of AHIMA