I realized that I have been remiss in communicating with you as I enter into my second term as WSHIMA President, it’s almost November and the holidays are fast approaching, where does the time go? Here are some updates!
WSHIMA Board Updates
I want to assure you that even though you haven’t heard much from me, your WSHIMA Board is busy behind the scenes working on moving our strategic plan forward. Our delegates just got back from the international AHIMA conference that was held in Baltimore. We attended the House of Delegates on Sunday October 16th where we heard a lot about HIM Reimagined (HIM-R). AHIMA’s vision is to move our profession forward in this rapidly changing healthcare environment. As the CEO of AHIMA Lynne Thomas-Gordon said, “we don’t want to be a Kodak or Blockbuster”. That resonated with me and as we look to the future many of the traditional HIM roles are changing with the advancement of technology and the changing reimbursement and pay for performance landscape. We have a unique skillset as HIM Professionals that will serve us well as our future unfolds but we need to be proactive and think about what the future roles look like.
Annual Meeting March 16-18th Spokane, WA
The WSHIMA Annual Committee is hard at work planning the 2017 WSHIMA Annual meeting which will be held in Spokane, WA March 16-18th, 2017. We changed the venue this year to the Red Lion Riverfront and more information will be coming on registration and educational sessions.
HIM Reimagined (HIM-R)
You will hear a lot more about HIM-R and the educational tracks AHIMA is creating to keep our skills relevant to the changing times. Healthcare needs us and we need to be poised and ready to step up and lead, accept change with open arms, and promote ourselves to our employers as we have a unique skillset that will help shape the future.
If you are interested in volunteering we have a variety of roles in WSHIMA that can be as big or small as your time allows, we have a great time and it is rewarding knowing we are supporting our members and moving our profession forward, come join us!!
New Education Chair
I’m pleased to announce that Laura Legg from Healthcare Resource Group has offered to take on the role of WSHIMA Education Chair; we are discussing future opportunities for ½ day sessions as we look to 2017.
Sally Beahan, RHIA, MHA