June 2017 | Volume 22 | No. 3
2017 AHIMA BALLOT PG 8 | STUDENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PG 11 | HOD UPDATE PG 14
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Through education, networking, and other forms of career
development, HIM professionals not only advance their
competencies and skills, but they also create paths to some of
the healthcare industry’s most sought-after jobs. By reaching
for these influential positions, HIM professionals also showcase
their unique skillset within their organizations.
Past Success Creates New Paths
HIM professionals, especially coding professionals, should
leverage the social capital they gained from successful ICD- 10
implementations to take advantage of new career opportunities,
says Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS, a national
coding director at an integrated delivery system and past president
of the California Health Information Association (CHIA).
“I continue to see the need for higher-skilled coding
professionals in the inpatient environment, particularly because
of the complexities of ICD-10-CM/PCS,” says Bryant, who is
also an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer. She cites
the increasing demand for professional coding auditors in
many settings and clinical documentation improvement (CDI)
specialists, who have advanced skills and knowledge.
Coding professionals who are interested in pursuing advanced
careers should have a strong grasp of technology, including
computer-assisted coding and other innovative tools. “In
this way, coding professionals can help develop these new
technologies, rather than simply use them,” Bryant says. “There
needs to be greater involvement and engagement with IT.”
Beyond advanced coding careers, Bryant believes that informatics
and data analytics present opportunities for HIM professionals.
In consideration of these other career paths, AHIMA staff and
members are collaborating to update the HIM career map, which
will include more roles in these areas.
No matter which career path HIM professionals choose, they
should seek connections outside of their organizations as well
as outside of HIM, Bryant says. This can help them learn to
work with other disciplines and enhance their leadership and
“Engagement through networking and volunteerism is essential
for one’s career,” Bryant says. “These activities can help you gain
greater exposure of your skill set, take advantage of new and
different career paths, and provide individual growth,” she says.
Analytics, Informatics, and CDI
Interested HIM professionals may want to consider pursuing
data analyst and business intelligence analyst roles, which are
in high demand as healthcare leaders use data to make more
Doors Open for HIM Professionals