Health Information Technologies and Processes

School Project

  • 1.  School Project

    Posted 03-11-2020 15:22
    I am working on a school project and have run into a situation that I can't find the answer to.

    I have listed 10 elements related to patient demographic information, but I can't find the characteristics of each, such as date formatt, text,alphanumeric, and to define the numbers of characters foe each data element.

    The 10 elements are:
    Medical record number
    Patient name
    Date of birth
    Telephone number
    Social Security Number
    Patient ID Assigning Authority

    Any help would be appreciated such as where to find the items need.
    Thank you for you time.

    Jeffrey Love

  • 2.  RE: School Project

    Posted 03-12-2020 01:55
    Hi Jeffrey!
    Are you looking like the information for a database format? Example DATE  MM/DD/YYYY (8)? This information can be found in the book Introduction to Healthcare Informaticsby AHIMA; if you don't have it, send me a DM, and I can send you the pages or copies.

    Betsabe Cazon

  • 3.  RE: School Project

    Posted 03-12-2020 08:01
    Hi Jeffery:
    For some of the elements how they are defined and structured will depend on the facility's computer system and internal structures. However, there are some national standards.   Good sources to look at would be  or the UHDDS guidelines.

    Lynn-Marie D. Wozniak, MS, RHIT, CDIP, FAHIMA
    CDI Data Analyst

    Lynn-Marie Wozniak
    Cdi Analyst
    Rochester Regional Health

  • 4.  RE: School Project

    Posted 03-12-2020 13:22
    Thank you so much. It did help a lot.

    Jeffrey Love

  • 5.  RE: School Project

    Posted 03-23-2020 12:09
    CDC also has great resources.

    Julie Zabriskie, MSHI, RHIA
    HIT Program Director
    Southwestern Michigan College

  • 6.  RE: School Project

    Posted 03-24-2020 12:11
    Hi Jeffrey,

    Here is a link to a data dictionary used by AHRQ.  This will give you an idea on character length, formats, etc.

    Wendi Melgoza, MSHIM, RHIA, CPHI
    HIM Data Quality Manager
    Sutter Health Shared Services