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Commitment to Change Creates New Opportunities

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1998


If you want to be an agent of change, sometimes you must first change your own life. That's a lesson Debra Harris, MA, RRA, has learned.

Harris, director of health information services at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA, began the process when she decided that continui....

HIM Then and Now

Author: Fletcher, Donna M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1998



The role of HIM professionals has become even more significant as our responsibilities have been recognized. According to Edna K. Huffman in the Manual for Medical Records Librarians (1941), a medical record librarian (MRL) would have been responsible for completing records and provi....

New Roles, New Responsiblities

Author: Ball, Marion J.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1999


As healthcare changes, HIM professionals must act as individuals to keep pace with the transformation. Educational changes in HIM curricula are evolving, but HIM professionals must take responsibility for their education to take advantage of opportunities presented by new information....

Are HIM Programs Going the Distance

Author: Garrie, Robert L.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1999



As the Internet booms and technology proliferates, distance education, like other innovations, has become a hot property. A few years ago, forecasters predicted that by 1998, more than half of higher education institutions nationally would be involved in distance education. ....

Cultivate a Desire to Learn

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 1999


As I travel the country meeting many of you, I am very curious about the diversity of jobs, skills, and settings in which you work. The creativity, independence, and resourcefulness that come with career redefinition fascinate me. All of us working under the umbrella of health informat....

Name Game: Updating Our Credential Titles

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 1999


In October, the 1999 AHIMA House of Delegates will consider a proposal to officially change the name of two AHIMA credentials. The proposal is the result of several years of analysis, member input, and review of more than 1000 potential certification titles, as well as the work of cons....

Education Accreditation Gets Streamlined

Author: Wallace, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000


Healthcare organization accreditation is a fact of life. But did you know that HIM educational programs get accredited, too? Here's how the educational accreditation process is streamlining with the times.
HIM professionals are well aware of the process of accr....

Intranets: A Way to Connect

Author: Thieleman, William; Postal, Susan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2000


The uses of the Internet are well known, but companywide intranets are popular as well. In this article, two HIM professionals share how their organizations are putting the power of intranets to work for training, communicating, and more. An Intranet in the Healthcare Environm....

Web-based Education Cuts Training Time, Saves Money

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2000


Where does continuing education fit between a full-time job and the rest of your life? Increasingly, the answer is online. In many fields, Web-based education is rapidly becoming a popular alternative to traditional, instructor-led education. The Cleveland Clinic offers c....

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