As the philanthropic and consumer-focused arm of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), we work together with our members, national healthcare organizations, and other stakeholders to advance AHIMA's consumer-focused advocacy agenda focused on individual access, consumer engagement, privacy, cybersecurity, behavioral health and interoperability, healthcare reform, health equity, telehealth & remote patient monitoring, public health, and the social determinants of health.
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AHIMA's Consumer-Focused Policy Statements
Individuals have the right to access their accurate and complete health information in a timely manner.
Individuals should be empowered to make better decisions about their own health using trusted data from traditional and emerging data sources.
Individuals have the right to all the information they need to make informed choices about their healthcare.
Privacy and Security
AHIMA supports the use of policy to address existing privacy, confidentiality, and security gaps in the protection of health information held by HIPAA non-covered entities.
AHIMA supports the use of policy to promote access to health insurance coverage for all, as well as the continuity, accuracy, timeliness, completeness, accessibility, and security of an individual’s health information regardless of their health
AHIMA supports the use of public policy to reduce and eliminate health disparities and inequities, both in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and in healthcare more broadly.
Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring Technologies
The healthcare industry and legislative bodies should expand access to care, reduce costs, and improve convenience for patients by using telehealth and remote patient monitoring technologies.
AHIMA supports the use of policy to ensure the soundest, most reliable, and responsible use of health information for public health.
Social Determinants of Health
AHIMA supports the collection, access, sharing, and use of social determinants of health to enrich clinical decision-making and improve health outcomes, public health, and health inequities in ways that are culturally respectful.