AHIMA ADVANTAGE 10
s AHIMA’S 90 TH ANNIVERSARY
AHIMA is celebrating 90 years of service to members working in
the health information field. This third and final article focuses on
our predictions for the future of the association. We asked three
AHIMA board members where they think the HIM profession will
be in the next 90 years. Explore their responses below and take the
quiz on association history.
“It is difficult to make a prediction for where the profession will be
90 years from now. We all recognize that healthcare is changing at
an exponential rate, and will need to continue to change to meet
the needs of an aging population. I firmly believe that technology
is the catalyst which will shape our profession in the future.
Specifically, technology will provide improved, more advanced care
to patients, and consumers will have more control over how their
health information is used to proactively manage and monitor their
healthcare. I envision a future where the partnership between HIM
professionals and healthcare consumers will grow, and I believe
firmly that we are only limited by our imagination—the questions
we don’t ask, the conversations we don’t have, and the ideas we dare
—Jill S. Clark, MBA, RHIA, CHDA, FAHIMA
“It’s tempting to think we’ll be worrying about implementing ICD-25,
promoting interoperability stage 59, or trying to understand HIPAA
implications of sharing information between hospitals on earth and
the moon. More than likely, I think the two biggest impacts will
be a continuation of ones we’re struggling with today—technology
and privacy. I see a future of not just wearable tracking devices but
implanted ones. How will we manage the privacy and security of
our digital information that is being constantly counted, shared,
aggregated and analyzed of not just our steps or heart rate, but
everything about us? I also think we’ll continue to refine what an
HIM professional is as automation changes our role, taking most of
the manual efforts of today away and allowing our members to work
at a higher level of auditing and governance.”
—Seth Katz, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA
“I am envisioning instruments like the tricorder from Star Trek
being used to diagnose disease. Scanning a patient’s body will
automatically provide a full-body image with diagnoses and
genomic information. The data will automatically be processed
and received by multiple users. HIM professionals will ensure
instruments work correctly, information is shared with the proper
providers through an effective electronic system, and processed
correctly for reimbursement. HIM professionals will work to
develop apps and devices that will automatically collect health
information so that risk factors and other social determinants of
health are automatically populated and used to provide the most
accurate diagnoses and treatment—not just for individuals, but
population health. Algorithms will be used to predict specific
illnesses so that personalized medicine will be second nature.”
—Valerie J.M. Watzlaf, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA v
AHIMA Looks Ahead to the Future
Test Your Knowledge of Association History
How well do you know your AHIMA history?
Take the quiz below and find out.
Q: When did the first International Congress on
Medical Records takes place?
A: 1952 in London, England. This was AAMRL’s first
presence at an international meeting.
Q: What year was the Certified Medical Record Librarian
(CRL) credential established?
Q: When were the Association’s first Code of Ethics
Q: When did AAMRL’s membership number reach 4,500?
Q: When was the Foundation of Record Education (now known
as the Foundation of Research and Education) incorporated?
Q: When did the House of Delegates vote to change the
Association’s name from the American Association of
Medical Record Librarians to the American Medical
Q: What year did the Registered Record Administrator
(RRA) credential replace the Registered Record Librarian
Q: What year did the association’s flagship publication change
its name from Medical Record News to the Journal of the
American Medical Record Association?
Q: What year did the Association change its name to the
American Health Information Management Association
Q: What year was the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)
Q: What year was the Certified Coding Specialist—
Physician-based (CCS-P) credential established?
Q: What year was the Fellow of the American Health
Information Management Association (FAHIMA)
Q: What year did the Registered Health Information Technician
(RHIT) credential replace the Accredited Record Technician
(ART) credential; and the Registered Health Information
Administrator (RHIA) credential replace the Registered
Record Administrator (RRA) credential?
Q: What year did AHIMA celebrate 75 years?