Interested in making a pitch? Rizk offers the following advice:
Don’t be afraid to come forward with an idea that is a
diamond in the rough as long as you understand your
Be concise when explaining your idea and the value it
delivers. Although competitors will have five minutes to make
their case before the judges, they should be able to articulate
their idea in 30 seconds or less, he says.
Consider taking a class to help you refine your value
proposition. MAT TER offers workshops on this and other
topics of interest to entrepreneurs and innovators.
GETTING THE MOST FROM THE CONFERENCE
AHIMA19’s packed schedule may be overwhelming for novice
meeting-goers and conference veterans alike. To get the most
value from AHIMA19, organizers recommend the following tips:
Get a head start on learning. Come to Chicago on September
14–15 to attend the Clinical Coding Meeting, Privacy and
Security Institute, VUCA and the Voice of Leadership, or any of
the pre-conference workshops. You also can stay an extra day or
two and explore some Chicago highlights, including Millennium
Park, Shedd Aquarium, and the city’s best restaurants.
Use the online conference planner. This planning tool will help
you make the most of your time at AHIMA19. Plan to attend
a session on at least one topic outside of your comfort zone.
And while planning ahead is important, be flexible with your
schedule so you can take advantage of spontaneous networking
Don’t miss the keynotes. On Monday, AHIMA19 will feature
an inspirational keynote from Carey Lohrenz, the US Navy’s
first female F- 14 Tomcat fighter pilot. On Tuesday, attendees
can pick their choice of keynotes. In the morning, they can
choose between a keynote on the opioid epidemic by Patrice
Harris, MD, MA, president of the American Medical Association
(AMA), and David Barbe, MD, MHA, past president of AMA; or
a keynote by Alexandra Mugge, deputy chief health informatics
officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, on the
government’s interoperability and patient access initiative. On
Tuesday afternoon, Harris and Barbe will join AHIMA’s Harris
to present a leadership keynote, which will run at the same time
as a keynote by patient advocate Doug Lindsay. On Wednesday,
John Quiñones, host of ABC’s “What Would You Do?,” will
present the keynote.
Introduce yourself to at least one new person each day.
Each year, the conference draws about 4,500 attendees. Use
this opportunity to meet others facing similar challenges
at a networking breakfast or other event. Try to make some
connections outside of your field, since AHIMA19 is designed
to draw professionals from HIM as well as privacy, security,
legal, IT, revenue cycle, population health, and other areas.
Take advantage of continuing education credits. Some sessions
at AHIMA19 allow attendees to earn continuing education
units (CEUs) and continuing nurse education (CNE) credits.
Explore AHIMA19’s new exhibit hall format. This year’s
exhibit hall will feature more than 100 solution providers
segmented into themes of various Chicago “neighborhoods,”
each with designated “block parties.”
Try a site visit. AHIMA19 will offer five educational site
visits for those looking to explore local Chicago facilities,
including two academic medical centers, a children’s hospital, a
rehabilitation hospital, and a county jail.
Catch up with friends at the Appreciation Celebration. Awards
will be presented at this 80’s-themed event at Navy Pier on
Tuesday, September 17. Costumes are encouraged!
Have an open mind. Organizers urge longtime conference
attendees as well as those who have not attended in a few years to
come to AHIMA19 expecting something different.
Pass along what you have learned. Don’t forget to share your key
conference takeaways with others in your organization. But you
shouldn’t worry about taking copious notes during every session,
as slides will be available for download. Rather, try to focus on
the experience and the ideas you generate for creating change.
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Focusing on Innovation
New for AHIMA19 is an innovation track covering a
wide range of timely topics, from artificial intelligence to
consumerism to disruption. Condensed 45-minute sessions
have been specially designed to help attendees advance their
professional development and be more innovative.
Organizers say it is crucial for attendees to keep up to date on
how technology intersects with health information processes
so they can stay relevant in their current and future roles.
Some of the innovation sessions at AHIMA19 are listed below:
The Future of HIM: Lessons Learned from Uber,
You Tube, Airbnb, and Others
Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for Prior Authorization
Consumer-Driven Health: Apple Health, FHIR, and
Consumer-Driven Health: Apple Health, FHIR, and
Robotic Process Automation: The Killer App for
Telehealth: What’s New, What’s Changed, and
What It Means to HIM
Complete descriptions of these and other innovation sessions
can be found online. All sessions will be held in the new
Innovation Theater in the exhibit hall. v