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Exhibit Hall Guide
Meet Patty Sheridan
“Your biggest assets are your knowledge, your association, and your potential,” Bedirhan Üstün, MD, PhD, told
attendees at Tuesday’s general session.
From Real World to Future
Views from General Session
Early Results from
HIM Roles Survey
The Day in Pictures
AHIMA leaders and industry ex- perts took listeners on a
journey from HIM’s current real-world challenges to
the potential successes of the future during Tuesday
morning’s general session.
Incoming AHIMA President Patty ;ierry Sheridan,
MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, called on her audience to
“dream big” and noted that the HIM profession is in
the midst of a cycle of creative business destruction,
in which existing technologies and processes are being replaced by new ones.
“;e future of HIM rests in our collective hands,”
Sheridan said, “and our successful future depends on
our ability to experiment, innovate, adapt, collabo-
rate, and clearly de;ne updated and new HIM roles.
;is will require all of us to educate our employers
and stakeholders on how HIM roles are changing,
and how updated and new roles can help to contain
healthcare costs, while improving the quality of
Sheridan cited emerging HIM roles in data stan-
dards, privacy, information exchange, clinical docu-
mentation improvement, and data management as
jobs to “dream big” about. And, to make an impact in
response to the country’s healthcare crisis, “teaching
consumers to manage their health information is the
responsibility of the health information manage-
ment profession,” she said.
Putting the Patient at the Center
Dr. Carolyn Clancy, MD, director of the Agency for
Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), gave an
overview of the agency’s work to achieve better quality, access, and patient-centered care. HIM is an “
indispensable” partner to remake the healthcare system in this e;ort, Clancy said.
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Speed of Trust Resources
Additional resources based on
Stephen M.R. Covey’s Monday
presentation are on a special
AHIMA page on the
FranklinCovey Web site: