December 2017 | Volume 22 | No. 6
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INSPIRE • INNOVATE • LEAD is this year’s
theme. During 2017, AHIMA has organized its work around
four strategic objectives: leading in informatics and analytics,
championing information governance (IG), creating pathways
for health information professionals in emerging roles, and
connecting consumers to their health information. This article
will recap AHIMA’s progress toward those strategic objectives.
Informatics and Analytics
To keep members up to date on this subject, AHIMA Practice
Councils have developed resources such as an informatics
infographic, a new Informatics Toolkit, and an updated
Health Data Analysis toolkit. In addition, a new definition of
informatics has been published at ahima.org. The Certified
Professional in Health Informatics exam launched in March and
a series of live webinars on health informatics took place.
In October AHIMA announced results from its 2017 IG Survey.
In the survey, 53 percent of respondents said they have IG
practices in place or recognize the need for IG. Additionally,
14 percent of respondents said they have initiated an
organization-wide IG program and 18 percent have IG-related
The IGAdvisors® team continues to consult with organizations
specific to moving information governance forward and use
of the Information Governance Adoption Model™ (IGAM) via
IGHealthRate™. In October, AHIMA announced an expanded
partnership with Immersive to co-brand and make available
IGHealthRate™ at no cost. AHIMA also announced that
SunCoast RHIO had achieved the first IGAM level 4 award.
AHIMA TAKES THE LEAD IN 2017
Editor’s note: This article is adapted from Interim CEO Pamela Lane’s 2017 annual report to the AHIMA House of Delegates
and includes highlights through October 2017.