Informatics is the initiative by which we propose to turn data into
health intelligence. AHIMA has set out to help HIM professionals
increase their knowledge and sharpen skills to be better prepared
to meet the opportunities offered by informatics and analytics and
expanding roles in data management and information governance.
Some highlights include:
AHIMA Press published its Contemporary Health Informatics
book in 2014.
We released a position statement on the use of “copy and
paste” functionality in electronic health record systems (EHRs)
with recommendations for both public and private-sector
stakeholders to ensure appropriate use of the copy/paste feature.
We’ve also been working to coordinate and execute work
related to use of standards for health. We continue our role
as secretariat for the International Standards Organization,
Technical Committee 215, which support the work plan
and bodies of the technical committee and the US Technical
Advisory Group. We’re also developing a standards agenda
for AHIMA to more closely align our work with the work of
standards developing organizations.
This year we launched a campaign to avert another delay in
implementation of the ICD- 10 coding systems, letting Congress
know that ICD- 10 matters and we want no more delays. AHIMA
has been working in partnership with CMS and other industry
alliances, such as the ICD- 10 Coalition, to get the word out to
policy makers and the industry. In addition we have launched a
grass-roots advocacy campaign to enlist our members to help us
get the word out, too.
Other milestones include:
Partnered with CMS on several educational tools, including
a You Tube video featuring Sue Bowman, AHIMA’s senior
director of coding policy and compliance, and a webinar on
ICD- 10, “The Road Forward.”
Brought together industry speakers and experts for the
ICD- 10 Summit in Baltimore. Following the summit,
published a white paper “Achieving ICD-10-CM/
PCS Compliance in 2015: Staying the Course for Better
Healthcare—A Report from the AHIMA 2014 ICD-10/CAC
Coding Summit” in the Perspectives in HIM online journal.
At the time the delay passed in Congress, our “no delay”
Twitter hashtag drew hundreds of participants and generated
thousands of tweets.
Throughout the year, AHIMA has kept busy creating a deeper
understanding of information governance (IG) in healthcare.
We define IG as the accountability framework and decision
rights to achieve enterprise information management, and we
know it is needed now in healthcare to address information
challenges within organizations, to improve patient outcomes,
population health management, and cost-savings. This year we
have launched a variety of content and projects to discuss the
need for IG and how organizations are getting started:
Convened an expert advisory group to provide advice and
input into our IG efforts.
Developed a communications plan to build awareness and
get the word out.
Conducted first study of the current state of IG in healthcare,
in partnership with Cohasset Associates. The results of that
study were published as the “2014 Benchmarking White Paper
on Information Governance in Healthcare: A Call to Adopt
Information Governance Practices.”
December 2014 | Volume 19 | No. 6
HIM IS A FAMILY AFFAIR PAGE 9 | CAREER PREP TOOLS PAGE 13 | PRACTICE COUNCIL UPDATE PAGE 16
2014 in Review: AHIMA Drives Home Strategic Messages
Editor’s note: This article is adapted from AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon’s 2014 annual report to the AHIMA House of Delegates.
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I N N O V A TION
INFORMATIONGOVERN A N C E
As you know AHIMA has built its primary activities around five strategic pillars of informatics, information
governance, innovation, leadership, and public good, as well as the pillar of overall operational excellence.
I’d like to update you on some of the progress we’ve made meeting goals in each of these areas.