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Los Angeles LEADERSHIP at any level; train for the jobs of the future; mentoring can benefit everyone.
These were among the recommendations made by
the AHIMA House of Delegates on Sunday to answer the question: How do we prepare working professionals for the future of health information management?
The recommendations were part of a discussion
designed to surface ideas, spark innovation, and
share best practices from delegates on a variety of
issues. The objective was to help health information management (HIM) professionals succeed in
healthcare by moving into positions with executive authority or establishing greater responsibilities for their role. Delegates were asked to identify
environmental trends, recommend strategies for
promoting the HIM profession, and identify
The discussion was spurred by the work of the
North Carolina Health Information Management
Association (NCHIMA), which has been asking
these questions on a state level for the past two years.
“The heart of this strategic objective is training in
professional development and leadership to ensure
that we, as HIM professionals, have a future in the
profession,” NCHIMA leaders wrote in materi-
als prepared for the meeting.
It is also related to one of AHIMA’s strategic objectives to create pathways for
health information professionals into emerging roles and to advance education, competency,
and skills. “The work that comes out of the House
such as environmental scanning is one of the
critical documents we, as a Board, leverage when we explore a strategic direction
for AHIMA,” said Ann Chenoweth, MBA,
RHIA, FAHIMA, AHIMA Board of Directors
“Our top strategic goal next year is preparing
members for emerging roles,” Chenoweth said, add-
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