August 2015 | Volume 20 | No. 4
VOLUNTEERING BRINGS VALUE PAGE 10 | AHIMA STUDENT MEMBERS AT CONVENTION PAGE 15 | SUMMER SYMPOSIUM WRAP UP PAGE 16
An Evolving Healthcare Environment
Needs HIM Leadership
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To help guide their organizations during times of change, HIM
professionals should understand analytics, database creation,
enterprise information management, and other advanced topics.
They also need strong leadership skills that include strategic
thinking, business acumen, and the ability to build trust.
Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders
HIM professionals should be involved in all organizational
decisions regarding the implementation of the electronic
health record (EHR), templates, and documentation standards.
Developing relationships is critical for HIM leaders to get a seat
about the table during these discussions, says Mark S. Dietz,
RHIA, president, Dietz Healthcare Management Consulting,
Golden Valley, MN. “You have to be proactive in having
discussions with upper management and confident in what you
can contribute,” he says.
At the same time, HIM professionals are working in
nontraditional functions such as revenue cycle management,
patient safety, compliance, health information exchange (HIE),
and other areas where specialized data and information skills
No matter where they reside, the question every HIM
professional should ask is this: ‘Am I being strategic?’ “Managers,
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the HIM profession
will grow by approximately 22 percent by 2022. To prepare
the next generation of HIM leaders to have a higher profile in
their organizations, many academic programs have integrated
leadership, project management, information governance, and
other must-have competencies into their curricula. To continue
that forward momentum, AHIMA Foundation’s Council for
Excellence in Education (CEE) has convened a workgroup to
transition Reality 2016 to a new academic strategy. AHIMA
also released global academic curricula competencies for health
information professionals. These new global competencies
include organizational management and leadership domains
for HIM, health informatics (HI), and health information and
communication technologies (HICT).
Dietz suggests HIM professionals mentor millennials by
encouraging them to research new healthcare trends like
population health management and value-based care. “This helps
them understand these trends and take on the responsibility of
becoming experts,” he says.
As the “big data” trend transforms healthcare, HIM professionals can take the lead to maintain the integrity
of the medical record while protecting the confidentiality of patients’ information.