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Association Benefits from Collaborative Dialogue

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2003


One hundred years ago, Guglielmo Marconi used Morse code to initiate “a dialogue that seemed like pure magic” between President Theodore Roosevelt and England’s King Edward VII.1 Marconi’s efforts paved the way for wireless communication, including AHIMA’s Communities....

New Graduates See Lifetime of Opportunities

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2003


In 1981, the year I graduated from Rockland Community College, my fellow graduates and I all expected to find jobs in hospitals or nursing homes. At that time, more than 85 percent of HIM professionals worked in traditional settings with titles such as director of medical records, transcriptio....

Preparing for a New Generation of HIM

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2003


Earlier generations—our grandparents and parents—tell stories of how technology changed their lives. Born at the turn of the 20th century, my grandparents witnessed the successes of Alexander Graham Bell and the Wright brothers. My parents were mesmerized by talking movies and televi....

Spelling Out the Value of Our Credentials

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


Remember eating alphabet soup when you were young? What fun it was finding words or even making up new ones. We did not know then that a part of our future was spelled out before us.


Since 1928, our HIM credentials have demonstrated professionalism and expertise. Remember when....

Celebrating the Past, Shaping the Future

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2003


Twenty years ago, I thought technology was going to save the world of HIM. When I graduated from Rockland Community College, ICD-9 was just being implemented. This was followed by DRGs, which created recognition for medical record professionals. But the technology supporting HIM functions was....

Are You Ready for the E-health Revolution?

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2002


Are you ready for the revolution? The e-health revolution, that is. E-health is a new frontier to explore and conquer. According to AHIMA's E-health Task Force, there is an increasing sense of urgency to move the healthcare industry into the electronic information age. The Internet and its der....

Join the Association's Celebration of Diversity

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2002


I am so proud to be a part of an organization that celebrates and promotes diversity. One of the Association's recently refined values statements is: "The celebration and promotion of diversity." AHIMA is committed to respecting our members and all individuals with whom we work and collaborate....

Funding HIM's Future through FORE

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2002


When you think of leaving a legacy, what comes to mind? For many, giving to others has the greatest impact. This year, the Foundation of Research and Education (FORE), AHIMA’s charitable affiliate, will begin Fast FOREward, a two-year campaign that presents an opportunity for every AHIMA....

From Freshman to Leader Through Lifelong Learning

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2002


Remember being a “freshman?” Though the word may have a somewhat negative connotation, when put in the context of continuing education it becomes much more positive. As education spans the life cycle in the form of lifelong learning, we become freshmen again and again. As an HIM prof....

Leadership Lessons Take Flight

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2002


After deciding to write about leadership this month, I searched the works of several noted authors and reviewed the many principles of leadership. I decided to borrow an idea from “Lessons from Geese,” a leadership development article of unknown origin that has circulated on the Inte....

March Madness: AHIMA Gears Up for Team Talks

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2002


Each year in March the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sponsors an elaborate tournament designed to identify the national basketball champions. Sixty-four teams begin the competition and after the first weekend of play, the “sweet sixteen” winners emerge. Then there i....

2002: Positioning HIM for Future Challenges

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2002


Each Association year builds on past achievements. In 2001, the AHIMA and FORE Boards of Directors, in consultation with many volunteer groups, adopted new mission, vision, and values statements. The mission and value statements serve as a touchstone keeping us focused on what we are charged w....

We are AHIMA; We are Family

Author: Odom-Wesley, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2002


I think we can all agree on the importance of family and its influence on the person each of us becomes. However, there are many types of families. Sometimes we have friends that are like family. Our recent national tragedy brought America closer together as an extended family. In the 73 years....

Resource We Can't Afford Not to Cultivate

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001




How do we nurture our health information students and new professionals? I was prompted to ask myself this question after reading a recent letter from a new HIM graduate. This graduate was asking for a mentor and help in securing a job with a living wage.

Among other ways,....

Taking a Lesson From Rosie

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2001




"We can do it!" declared the original Rosie the Riveter, an icon of World War II and a feature of AHIMA's current advertising campaign. Rosie symbolizes women's entry into the World War II work force as they filled the manpower gap created by men leaving for war. Rosie was a....

Growth in Every Direction

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2001




Growth is almost always a positive term. It is a term we like to hear associated with things like our salaries, our portfolios, our savings, the stock market, and, of course, our children.

Today's environment often requires that growth be measured quantitatively. It is not di....

Image Marketing: Be Part of the Solution

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2001




When asked to describe your role as an HIM professional, how do you respond? Do you answer enthusiastically and with a clear and succinct description of your responsibilities? Do you convey how important you are to the overall operation of your workplace? Do you mention something cur....

Team Talks: An Eye to the Future

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2001




This winter's Team Talks gave members a glimpse of an exciting new member benefit: Communities of Practice (CoP). When members saw a demonstration of CoP in action, there was a universally enthusiastic response about the opportunities this new feature will provide. Currently in beta....

Creating and Supporting Member Connections

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




Distance is dead," declares Tom Peters in his 1997 book, The Circle of Innovation.1 He is referring to the effect of technological advances enabling real-time communication, information transmission, business transaction, movement of money, and endless other activities. Peters contin....

Two Golden Opportunities

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2001




What an exciting time for our profession! As the leaders in HIM, we are being recognized as valuable resources in analyzing and assessing the recently published standards for privacy of individually identifiable health information. When these regulations were announced by President Cl....

Make HIM Education a Professional Priority

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2001




This month, I want to draw your attention to our HIM education programs. Those of us who are not intimately involved in HIM education are sometimes under the false impression that these essential programs are functioning well enough and do not need our care and support. Yet nothing co....

Mentor to Remember

Author: Skurka, Margaret A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000


The old Army recruiting slogan "Be all that you can be" comes to mind this month as I challenge you to serve as an effective mentor or professional role model for a new HIM professional. With the untimely death of my mentor and program director Rita Finnegan, RHIA, CCS, this....

Charting Our Progress

Author: Skurka, Margaret A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2000


The first year of the new century is almost half over. I'd like to share our progress so far on a number of fronts, known as our current "hot topics."

At the close of our meetings, AHIMA board members participate in a hot topic debriefing. We discuss everything t....

Yours, Mine, and Ours

Author: Skurka, Margaret A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000


Newspaper columnists spend plenty of time writing about problems in our society, trying to understand who's responsible for social ills and how they can be fixed. How does this relate to AHIMA? I believe that we can ask the same type of questions about some of the problems our professi....

Toward a Web-enabled HIM Profession

Author: Skurka, Margaret A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000


I begin this month's column with three questions: Do you have access to the Internet? Do you use it as a tool in your work? Are you regularly using the professional development information on AHIMA's Web site? If your answer to any of these questions is "no," I urge you to ....

Blueprint for the New Millennium

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1999


This is the final Journal of AHIMA issue of the 20th century! That a year can pass so quickly marks not just the passing of time, but the significance of how much we can pack into 365 days. It reflects how much knowledge we acquire and how many activities we take on, results we reap,....

New, Informed Public

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 1999


The healthcare consumer is emerging as a strong force in today's healthcare industry. On a national level, current efforts for new and improved patients' rights legislation in the wake of complaints about access and rising costs, is placing the patient in a position of strength unlike....

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....

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....

Common (and Uncommon) Ground

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1999


On a trip to Dublin this spring, I met with several officers of the Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland. During this visit, we talked about health information management, finding common ground on topics like:
Year 2000 compliance
the need for clinical vocabulary....

In Pursuit of a Value-added Entity

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1999


The integration of various clinical services into larger healthcare alliances or enterprises challenges the very basic managerial foundations of our healthcare industry. While senior managers and clinicians struggle to run their respective organizations or divisions following tradition....

Benchmarking a World-class Image

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 1999


This time of year may find us longing for a chair by a cozy fireplace or lounging on a sunny beach. When we find time for reflection, it's good to periodically reflect on ourselves and the image that we project as HIM professionals.

Authority Robert Camp defines benchmarki....

Thrill of the Unexpected

Author: Dixon-Lee, Claire

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1999


It's hard to imagine that we are approaching the close of the twentieth century. As I examine my reaction to the start of this year, perhaps I speak for many of you in that I have mixed emotions. On one hand, I am filled with nostalgia for all of the events that affected my life growin....

If Your Ship Has Not Come In...

Author: Stewart, Margaret

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1998


As I write my last message, it seems hard to believe that my year as president will soon be over. It has been a great experience—one that I would highly recommend to anyone. I have enjoyed every minute of it, and I have the wonderful Board of Directors, the great AHIMA staff, and....

Few of Our Favorite Things

Author: Stewart, Margaret

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 1998


When I walk into a bookstore I see titles like 14,000 Things to Be Happy About. Such books remind us that birthday parties, sunsets on the beach, puppies, and other things can help us renew our resources of happiness. With that in mind, this month I decided to write about things that....

Power of Networking

Author: Stewart, Margaret

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 1998


As I look at my year as president of AHIMA, and all that I want to accomplish, my feeling is that I do not want to waste one day as I fulfill my commitments. One of my driving passions and goals is to enhance the position, respect, and perceived value of the HIM professional in the mar....

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