AHIMA Member Gives Back to the Profession
Through Mentoring, Volunteering
MEMBER PROFILE s
MHA, RHIA, CHPS
Vong Miphouvieng, MHA, RHIA, CHPS, is senior director, health information management
services operations and regulatory compliance at Texas Health Resources, in Arlington, TX.
AHIMA Advantage recently spoke with Miphouvieng about his experiences in the profession.
Advantage: How did you become interested
in HIM, and where did you receive your HIM
Miphouvieng: I’ve pretty much always been
interested in healthcare. A lot of my family
members work in healthcare so I guess sit
just runs in the family. I had a huge interest
in tech and business so blending the two
worlds of tech and healthcare really led me
to HIM. Blending the two worlds led me to
HIM. I graduated in 2005 from Southwestern
Oklahoma State University in Weatherford,
OK, with two bachelor’s degrees—one in HIM
and one in healthcare administration. I had a
lot of exposure to large health systems during
my practical practice experience (PPE) time.
In 2009, I received my master’s in healthcare
administration from the University of Texas
Advantage: What are some of your duties
and responsibilities as a senior director,
operations and regulatory compliance?
Miphouvieng: I have the responsibility for
health information management operations
functions for Texas Health, including
documentation compliance, transcription
services, release of information, data integrity,
records management, and quality audits
and reporting. Texas Health has 27 hospital
locations, including 18 acute-care hospital
locations, five short-stay hospitals, and a
transitional care hospital, all owned, operated,
joint-ventured, or affiliated with the system.
As a part of our integrated health system,
we have 250-plus locations within our Texas
Health Physicians Group.
Advantage: I know you spend a lot of time
volunteering for AHIMA. What are some of the
projects you volunteer with?
Miphouvieng: I have served on a national,
state, and local level. Currently I am the
AHIMA professional ethics committee chair.
I have also served on various committees and
sub-committees at the national level. Locally, I
served as president for the Dallas Forth Worth
Health Information Management Association
(DFW HIMA). When given the opportunity, I
have presented on various topics for AHIMA,
TxHIMA, and DFW HIMA. And then I used to
be an adjunct professor. I think I’ve accelerated
quite quickly in my career path and that’s all
due to my network of HIM professionals. I also
take time to mentor HIM professionals that are
interested in growing within our profession.
Advantage: Who have been some of your
HIM role models?
Miphouvieng: There have been several people
throughout my career that have helped me
become the leader and HIM professional I am
today. One individual that helped me early on
in my career was Leigh Ann Braswell, RHIA,
CHP, CCS. Leigh Ann accepted me as a student
for one of my PPEs and connected me to
several individuals in the profession. Through
that network, I landed my first two jobs. I am
extremely appreciative of those who mentor me
and gave me an opportunity in the profession.
Another role model is AHIMA’s Past President
Diann Smith, MS, RHIA, CHP, FAHIMA. I
currently work with Diann; she expects the
best from you and she expects innovation and
thinking beyond what the issue is or where
we’re at today. She’s always thinking about
the future state, and what steps we need to get
there. She is very supportive, which has allowed
me to grow as an HIM professional.
Advantage: What do you do in your spare
time—at least what’s left of it?
Miphouvieng: My wife, Renee, and I stay
very busy with our careers and kids. We have
two girls, ages five and eight. Renee and I are
involved in our church and we enjoy traveling.
Not only are we creating memories with
our kids while we travel, but we also get to
experience all the great food each area has to
offer. As bad as this might sound, my social
media is full of all the steakhouses or unique
food that we’ve tried—it’s become my food
journal. It’s all about balance, we try our best to
stay active. v
Vong Miphouvieng, MHA, RHIA, CHPS, stays busy volunteering with AHIMA, DFW
HIMA, speaking at events, and using his own career experience to further others.