Health Care Access
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Health Care AccessA common goal in any healthcare organization is to provide quality healthcare to patients while maintaining well-coordinated cooperation amongst healthcare professionals. Whether in a hospital setting, a long-term care facility or an outpatient clinic, the need for interdisciplinary teamwork remains an important asset for the profit of all involved. This paper will discuss the interactions of allied health specialties as it relates to physician assistant and health information manager. The author will also address the function of the above specialties, their impact on the Nuclear Medicine Technologist and on the patient. Furthermore, possibilities that may involve cross-training for the positions and any potential coverage issues will be tackled.
Health information management (HIM) is the practice of obtaining, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information crucial to supplying quality patient care (Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, n.d.). Health information managers guarantee patients’ health records are comprehensive, precise, and protected, yet readily accessible for healthcare providers when required. A physician assistant, on the other hand, is a licensed, highly experienced health care practitioner who provides a wide array of diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive services as assigned by a physician.
During a typical workday at the author’s facility, constant interaction is carried out amongst the health information manager, the physician assistant and the nuclear medicine technologist. As patients are been treated on a daily basis, records of their progression and medical images are being stored on a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) for the physician assistant to review with the oncologist. Often times, physician assistants are called upon to examine a patient before or after a CT scan. Consequently, to ensure proper storing and ease of the physician assistants’ and the physicians’ access,...