The Spring 2017 issue of Perspectives in Health Information Management, the online research journal of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), delves into the latest research on topics such as a study seeking to determine users’ motivators when playing an EHR simulation game as well as the results of involving employees during an EHR implementation.
Authors of the literature review “Can mHealth Revolutionize the Way We Manage Adult Obesity?” determined that mobile health technologies may modify the behavioral factors that lead to obesity to promote a healthy lifestyle. The purpose of this study was to identify mobile interventions currently directed toward adult obesity in the United States and to evaluate their efficacy and related costs. The authors reviewed 54 articles for the purpose of identifying mobile interventions currently directed toward adult obesity in the United States and to evaluate their efficacy and related costs. The writers assumed that “mHealth interventions would demonstrate greater efficacy with minimal expense in preventing and controlling obesity when compared with standard care.”
The authors’ research suggests that mobile-based technological interventions have been effective in leading to changes in weight, BMI, waist circumference, and lifestyle behavior. “mHealth interventions were found to be more effective than conventional approaches in facilitating behavior modifications to promote weight loss and lifestyle changes to prevent and control adult obesity,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. “This study demonstrates that technology can potentially reduce the cost and the morbidity and mortality burden of obesity because of their inexpensive and portable nature.”
The spring issue also features the following articles:
Perspectives in Health Information Management is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal, referred to by professors, professionals, public officials, industry leaders, and policy-makers. Since 2004, it has been one of the most credible and respected journals of the HIM industry and is referenced in notable indices such as PubMed Central (PMC), the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL), and Google Scholar. Learn more (http://perspectives.ahima.org/style-and-submission-guidelines/) about the submission guidelines and the manuscript review process.
Call for volunteer editor
Perspectives is now accepting applications for the volunteer role of editor starting September 1, 2017. Applications should include a CV, description of publication experience, references, and a vision statement for the publication. Learn more and view a complete position description.
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