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Staying Connected

Author: Dennis, Jill Callahan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


AHIMA’s Convention Offers Great Networking, Educational Opportunities, But There Are Many More Ways to Stay Connected
This month thousands of members will gather in Denver, CO, for AHIMA’s 78th Convention and Exhibit. Attending the annual conference is a great way for members....

Celebration, Engagement, and Impact: HIM in 2006

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2006


This month AHIMA’s 78th Convention and Exhibit will address a wide range of HIM issues. In my career, I have attended more than 30 AHIMA conventions, and I am always struck by the growing breadth of HIM practice issues.

It was a privilege to reflect on the accomplishments of t....

Inclusive Membership: What's in It for You?

Author: Dennis, Jill Callahan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2006


In October the House of Delegates will vote on a proposed change to AHIMA’s bylaws that would establish a more inclusive membership policy. The change would welcome new types of professionals interested in HIM into our active membership category. Right now, active membership is limited to thos....

Passion for Learning

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2006


Lifelong learning is a key responsibility of professionals in all fields. Professional development is the focus this month because it’s important for each of us to periodically reflect on how well we are doing. In this issue, experts discuss the importance of professional development planning,....

Recipe for Information-based Healthcare

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2006


Creating an information-based health system is like following a recipe. First, include essential ingredients, such as accurate and complete clinical documentation organized in architectures that enable access and interoperability. Then add protocols, terminologies, and classification systems to....

Achieving a Nationwide Health IT Milestone

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2006


Electronic health record (EHR) systems achieve a great milestone this month. The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) will begin judging the first ambulatory EHRs on functionality, security, reliability, and interoperability criteria. As Mark Leavitt and Lisa G....

Health IT Moves from Conversation to Action

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2006




The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's 2006 conference featured more than 800 vendors displaying technologies from electronic health records (EHRs) to PDAs. Health IT is a booming industry. Global spending on health IT is projected to exceed $100 billion in 2006,....

Data Content Standards: the Nexus of HIM Practice

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2006


One of AHIMA’s key goals for 2006 is to promote quality and safety through standards for data content and documentation. Quality and safety require that the right information is available at the right time to support patient care and health system management decisions. Gaining consensus....

EHR, PHR Benefits: Proof is Use

Author: Dennis, Jill Callahan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2006


No one relishes the experience of being a patient or of having a family member be a patient. But being put in that position reminds us of the importance of accurate and complete health information, both for the healthcare system and for the individual patient.
The Power of PHRs

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Leading with Purpose

Author: Abdelhak, Mervat N.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2005


Dear colleagues,
This is a bittersweet moment for me. My year as AHIMA president is coming to an end. Time certainly does fly when you’re having fun!

This year has been filled with progress, good work, and breakthroughs—on the job and throughout the industry. More....

E-HIM: Our Commitment to Lead

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2005



For the past two years, AHIMA’s report “Vision of the e-HIM® Future” has served as a touchstone in our rapidly adapting field. When published in 2003, the report painted a picture of evolving HIM roles and practice in a healthcare industry moving from paper to an elec....

Expecting the Best: Exemplary Behavior for Leaders

Author: Abdelhak, Mervat N.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2005


An HIM colleague gave me the book Encouraging the Heart: A Leader’s Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others as a gift a few months back. Authors James Kouzes and Barry Posner are well published on leadership and have researched, studied, and catalogued numerous best practices in leader....

Coding at a Crossroads

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2005


It has been nearly 25 years since ICD-9-CM codes became the basis for hospital inpatient payment. Over the years, code-based payment has extended to virtually all healthcare services, and CPT and HCPCS code sets have been added to the mix. We now use software tools to facilitate coding and hav....

Writing AHIMA's Next Chapter

Author: Abdelhak, Mervat N.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2005


Earlier this year, AHIMA’s Board of Directors defined what success looks like for our profession, our preferred future, and the necessary actions we need to take. Here’s what we see in AHIMA’s future.

Framing the opportunities. The board foresees the e-HIMTM journey....

Setting Our Strategic Directions

Author: Abdelhak, Mervat N.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2005


From Team Talks to component state associations (CSAs), the input of AHIMA members has culminated in a set of interrelated strategic goals and priorities for 2005.

In late 2004 the Board of Directors approved these initiatives as well as a budget to support the implementation of pla....

Looking Back on a Successful 2004

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2004


As 2004 draws to a close, I would like to thank all who have helped to make the year a success. Our success this year stems from the collective work of our members, state leaders, volunteers, board members, and AHIMA staff who worked to further our goal of moving health information management....

Gaining a Global Perspective on HIM

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2004

In February this column focused on an AHIMA Board of Directors strategic initiative for HIM outreach—increasing consumer and industry awareness of HIM professionals and practice at home and abroad. This month, efforts related to the international portion of the initiative will be realized as....

E-HIM: Mobilizing for Impact

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2004



What an exciting time for healthcare and our profession. Tremendous strides have been made toward transitioning healthcare from paper to an electronic environment. Many AHIMA staff and members have participated in key collaborations during the last two years to advance the implementation....

Developing an Experienced HIM Work Force

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2004


HIM practitioners have a long history of contributing to education by serving as site preceptors. Today, however, increased work demands and changing practice patterns limit time to train new graduates onsite. These factors are raising the demand for graduates with higher levels of experience....

Becoming a Lifelong Learner

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2004


As I reflect on what AHIMA has accomplished over the last 10 years and where the HIM profession is currently headed, I realize that we have a very eventful future ahead of us, a future that requires transitioning from one knowledge and skill level to another. The challenge is to remain litera....

Strategic Planning: a Winning Play

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2004

In April we look back at AHIMA’s own form of college basketball’s “March Madness”—Team Talks. The communication, collaboration, and networking of these meetings make all who attended national champs. The information shared at Team Talks is essential for achieving the A....

Reinventing Ourselves

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004


As I think about all that the HIM profession aims to accomplish, I realize that we are faced with the challenge of reinventing ourselves. This seems daunting, but ours is not the only profession faced with this challenge.
Change Can Make Us Stronger

Consider the challenges fac....

Managing Knowledge Workers

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004


Many were caught by surprise last October when the San Francisco Chronicle ran a story about a disgruntled medical transcriber from Pakistan who threatened to release confidential patient data if she did not get paid.1 When the full story was revealed, we learned that the University of Califor....

Advancing the Globalization of HIM

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004


One of the strategic initiatives set by the AHIMA Board of Directors for 2004 focuses on HIM outreach; that is, engaging in activities designed to increase consumer and industry awareness of HIM professionals and practices at home and abroad. My message this month focuses on the “abroad&....

Health Information Security: Revisiting the 80/20 Rule

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2004


One of the most useful lessons I learned while working in healthcare quality improvement was the Pareto Principle, often referred to as the 80/20 rule. The concept is that in any endeavor, 20 percent of something is always responsible for 80 percent of the results.

This phenomenon i....

Visions of Future, Global Initiatives Focus for 2004

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2004


Our 75th diamond anniversary, year-long celebration was quite a success. We celebrated our rich history and the important contributions AHIMA has made to the field of HIM. We also confirmed that the work we do has never been more important. We are thriving as an association, with some 46,000-p....

Data Quality: Part of the e-HIM Agenda

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2003


This has been another remarkable year for advancing HIM issues and the HIM profession. Programs to improve patient safety through information solutions have gone from the drawing board to demonstration projects. On April 14, the HIPAA privacy rule went into effect across the US. In July, the se....

Gifts of Giving, Learning Help Association Grow

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2003



This year the Association took a look back through its archives, reflecting on the people, ideas, and issues that brought us to our 75th year. Grace Whiting Myers, the Association’s first president, wrote of the need to serve with tact and the ability to follow the rules. Edna K. Huf....

Taking the Lead: Volunteer Opportunities Abound

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2003


One of my favorite stories is “The Sense of a Goose,” a popular tale by an unknown author that is widely used in public presentations and circulated over the Internet. The story’s basic truths speak of sharing common direction, staying the course, taking turns, and supporting an....

Redefining the Boundaries of HIM

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2003


Health information management is an extraordinarily versatile discipline. Our work force research confirms that the field currently spans nearly 40 different work settings and more than 100 unique job titles.1 In addition, AHIMA’s e-HIM task force identified new roles relating to manageme....

Communities Connect Members Across Space, Time

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2003


Communities of practice are not a 21st century idea. From ancient cave dwellers of the American southwest to the guilds of the Middle Ages to today’s Silicon Valley denizens, members of communities have found value in community participation.1 In today’s fast-paced, high-tech world,....

Make the Most of Professional Mentoring

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2003


In classical mythology, the image of a mentor is based on the vision of Odysseus, who entrusted the care of his son to his friend. Mentor was a wise and faithful friend, a counselor, and advisor.


The attributes associated with mentorship come from this classical vision. Today,....

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