« CATCH UP WITH COMMUNITIES
New CoP Coming Soon; Environmental Scan Results Revealed
AHIMA’s all-new Communities of Practice
(CoP) is launching soon. Based on your
suggestions and extensive testing, we’ve
updated and fine-tuned the site by provid-
ing newer, faster, and more exciting ways
to communicate with your peers. You can
share documents, post ideas, ask questions
and get answers, find helpful links, and
network and socialize with thousands of
HIM professionals. Expect the same fea-
tures you’ve come to rely on from the CoP,
with great additions such as:
• What’s New—Log in and receive a listing
of the 100 newest submissions in your
• What’s Popular—Gain quick access to
global content, stay on track with the
latest “hot topics,” and join communities
• Personal Page with Enhanced Profile
Settings—Customize your personal
space. Manage your community subscriptions, access your contributed
content, and select what others can see
on your profile, all in one place.
• Instant notifications—The CoP’s RSS
feeds allow access to community updates
in real time.
• Bookmarking—Tag content to read and
review at a later time.
The new AHIMA Communities of Practice
goes online soon. Check your weekly e-alert for the exact date.
» The new Communities of Practice interface will enable members to communicate with each
other more effectively.
ON THE SIDE «
AHIMA Board Utilizes CSA
Environmental Scanning Work
The results of the 2009 CSA environmental
scan were discussed in the December 2009
issue of AHIMA Advantage. As your component state association (CSA) gears up
to complete the 2010 CSA environmental
scan, the House of Delegates Team on Environmental Scanning wants to highlight
why your participation is vital and how the
results are utilized.
The CSA environmental scan is one op-
portunity for you to influence AHIMA
strategy and plans by ranking priorities
that influence the HIM profession. Your
input informs your CSA Board of Direc-
tors on key priorities and is submitted to
AHIMA for use by the AHIMA Board of
Directors and other units within AHIMA.
The Board of Directors uses the results of
the annual CSA environmental scan along
with Winter and Summer Team Talks, dis-
cussions in the CoP, and ongoing dialogue
with members to stay tuned into what’s
happening in the HIM profession.
SDHIMA and ILHIMA receive
Recruitment Core Service
South Dakota and Illinois Health
Information Management Associations
(SDHIMA and ILHIMA) received the
Member and Student Recruitment Core
Service achievements respectively for
their recruitment efforts.
SDHIMA developed an information
and marketing campaign to educate
health clinics on the SDHIMA/AHIMA
educational efforts focusing on physician
practices and the EHR. A letter and a
copy of the special issue of the Journal of
AHIMA, “Focus on Physician Practices,”
was sent to each clinic. Clinic readers learned about SDHIMA, AHIMA
membership benefits, and how to utilize
SDHIMA members in HIM positions.
ILHIMA began a five-year pilot study
on outcomes of a number of factors, including student enrollment and retention, clinical practice site numbers and
satisfaction, and new graduate credential exam numbers. Ideas used to foster
this study include career presentations,
a mentor project, and a standardized
school/clinical site contract for Illinois.
Look for more information in the State
Leaders and House of Delegates CoP. v