AHIMA Virtual Laboratory: Where Theory Meets Practice
To help bring experiential learning to the HIM academic experience, AHIMA developed the Virtual Laboratory—an Internet-based, practical, participative, HIM and health information technology (HIT) work environment. Students can access and experience state-of-the-art software like the master patient index (MPI), encoders, electronic document management systems (EDMS), transcription and speech recognition, and other applications they’ll regularly use in the working world. Lessons and activities designed specifically for the lab applications allow students to test their skills and decision-making ability without jeopardizing the privacy, security, or integrity of real medical records!
Useful in the traditional classroom or through distance-learning, students will have their first encounter with, or brush up on, standard processes, identity management, identification and correction of medical records, preventing the creation of duplicate records, and more. The Lab is essential in preparing students for their on-site experiences.
Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Your school enrolls in the Virtual Lab by submitting an enrollment application to AHIMA. For school enrollment forms, click here.
Step 2: When AHIMA receives the application with payment (check, PO, or credit card), an individual registration web page is created for your school, and orientation materials are sent to the school registrar.
Step 3: The school registrar or instructor begins the user registration process by adding individual user names to the page, and then clicks a button to generate a registration e-mail for each new user (instructors and/or students).
Step 4: Each VLab user receives a registration email with a unique link, which they must click to continue their individual user registration. The emails (users receive up to a total of 3 emails to complete the registration process) direct them through the registration process, and a “final registration email” informs them when their registration is complete.
Step 5: User accounts are established in each of the lab applications upon completion of individual user registration.
Step 6: Instructors select lessons and activities and provide them to their students to guide them through their use of the Virtual Lab. Click Instructors or Students for more information on lab resources.