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Managing Obesity Through Technology

CHICAGO – January 10, 2020 – The newest issue of Perspectives in Health Information Management, the online peer reviewed journal of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), highlights significant technological developments in healthcare, including strategies to overcome the “data dump” from implanted medical devices, using EHRs to improve quality care and the pros of a centralized health information management (HIM) department.

In “Use of Technology in the Management of Obesity: A Literature Review,” the authors examined 23 studies that evaluated remote and home-based technologies to help patients manage obesity. Researchers found that mobile health, eHealth and telehealth/telemedicine were the most popular technology modules used in the management of obesity.

The authors found that mobile health was the most popular technology to achieve and maintain weight loss because it prompted a change in behavioral factors that contribute to a healthier lifestyle. A significant association between weight loss and the use of technology was identified in more than half of the studies.

“Using data-driven technology to help patients live healthier lives is part of our foundation as the global leader in health information,” said AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE. “Technological innovation will continue to be a leading driver of how we impact health and healthcare in 2020 and beyond.”


AHIMA is a global nonprofit association of health information (HI) professionals. AHIMA represents professionals who work with health data for more than one billion patient visits each year. AHIMA’s mission of empowering people to impact health drives our members and credentialed HI professionals to ensure that health information is accurate, complete, and available to patients and providers. Our leaders work at the intersection of healthcare, technology, and business, and are found in data integrity and information privacy job functions worldwide.


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