A procedure is defined as a series of written steps in chronological order that detail the manner of performing work. We rely on procedures within a Health Information Management department for a variety of functions. Procedures are in place as to how to perform discharge analysis or the steps needed to fulfill a request for patient information in the Release of Information area.
Procedures help provide uniformity for the function, assist in training your staff, and help with checks and controls within the workflow. A well-written procedure will ensure the desired end result.
The steps for writing a procedure are as follows:
Now’s your chance to put Steps 1-3 into practice! Choose a common everyday task. For example, brushing your teeth, making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, pumping gas, etc. Following the 3 steps, develop a procedure for the task you chose.