AHIMA 2013 – Dreaming Big and Believing

From the moment I arrived in the Atlanta airport and saw the welcome banners celebrating AHIMA’s 85th anniversary and announcing the theme for this year’s Convention, “Dream Big and Believe,” I felt Kathleen Frawley’s presence. As many of you know, Kathleen was serving at AHIMA President and Chairman before her sudden passing this summer. She inspired the theme “Dream Big and Believe” and touched all of us with her passion for the HIM profession she loved.

Throughout the week, it was obvious to me as I sat in the AHIMA House of Delegates, walked the convention floor, and attended sessions that AHIMA members are truly dreaming big and believing. Many colleagues I spoke with agreed: “What a great time to be in HIM. Our opportunities are endless!” Healthcare delivery and payment reform is upon us. The EHR is here to stay and analytics will continue to evolve. We will see a future state of healthcare that will be driven by data and the mobilization of information. Consumers will become much more engaged in their healthcare than ever before. As the HIM profession transforms into the role of Information Governors, we will be at the epicenter of turning health information into health intelligence. That should be and will be our role. We can look forward to a future where we will be instrumental in providing education and technology needed for patients to create their personal health record so they can better manage their healthcare. What a difference we will make in patient’s lives!

This theme of the HIM Professional’s evolving role as Information Governor was a key theme during AHIMA13. Educational tracks focused on Accountable Care, Interoperability, Clinical Documentation Improvement, Computer Assisted Coding, EHR Best Practices, Privacy and Security, and Data Integrity Management to name a few. With an association of over 72,000 members, there was something for everyone!

For more than 40 years, Kathleen Frawley was passionately committed to advancing the health information management profession. As we celebrate 85 years of dreaming big and believing, AHIMA members will continue our journey of excellence and envisioning a future where health information is delivered where and when it is needed. Kathleen would be very proud indeed.

Ann Chenoweth is Director of Industry Relations and Market Research with 3M Health Information Systems.

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