WEDNESDAY | OCTOBER 11, 2017
THE AHIMA World Congress (AWC) has a strong presence at the AHIMA Convention
this year, with an expanded international-themed
session track and its own dedicated lounge in the
Exhibit Hall featuring international presentations.
Whereas last year’s convention had only one day of
international topics, this year’s features an entire international track with three days of presentations.
The new dedicated International Lounge has
been added to the AHIMA Booth in the Exhibit Hall and aims to serve as a base and welcoming center for all international attendees—
as well as those from the US interested in
learning about international HIM. There’s a
presentation area in the lounge where informal
sessions will be presented on a number of different subjects, and there are tables where international exhibitors are showcasing their
work, such as the HIM association of Australia.
Countries represented at convention include
the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Philippines, Thailand, Canada, Nigeria, Australia, Qatar, Germany, India, Macedonia, and Iran. Other
convention events included a welcome reception for international attendees on Monday.
Abundant International Sessions
AHIMA’s Melanie Endicott, MBA/HCM,
RHIA, CHDA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA,
Endicott said American and international at-
tendees have much to learn from each other.
“One of the international track sessions is on
technology and using technology for privacy
and security—a lot of these countries are more
advanced than we are,” Endicott said, adding
that the US is far from alone in dealing with
cybersecurity and hacking issues.
“I would say revenue cycle is going to be a hot
topic just because there are so many countries
that are adopting the US revenue cycle,” Endi-
cott said. “A lot of the abstracts submitted were
on that. They’re doing value-based purchasing,
pay for performance, and a lot of the same
things we’re doing.”
For example, the UAE is switching from a
single payer, government-based reimburse-
ment system to a model more like what the US
has now, which drives interest in coding and
revenue cycle management.
Linda Jewell, RHIT, CHC, the AHIMA World
Congress UAE chapter chair, is giving one of
the presentations taking place in the International Lounge. She has seen firsthand the
transition the UAE is undergoing with its reimbursement system. She started working in
Abu Dhabi seven years ago when the UAE was
just starting to adopt DRGs and evaluation
and management coding, working in a government hospital that’s managed by the Cleveland Clinic.
According to Jewell, in the UAE, AHIMA is
seen “as the gold standard—and their reputa-
tion is without equal.”
One hot international topic is a presentation
on AHIMA’s work on international standards
given by Diana Warner, MS, RHIA, CHPS, FA-
HIMA, director, standards at AHIMA, and
Anna Orlova, PhD, AHIMA’s senior director of
“That’s been interesting to see from my perspective, too. As you go around the world, and
wherever I’ve been, even if English isn’t their
language, every record is in English. It’s been
interesting to see that that’s the standard. And
they use the same software. They have the
same issues we have with our technology,” Endicott said.
The topic of data analytics and HIM is an international one. On Monday, Camille Poulin,
PT, CPHIMS-CA, PMP, director of consulting
for CGI, in Edmonton, AB, Canada presented
the session, “Use of Data Analytics Worldwide:
Patient Safety in Canada and Evaluation of
Medical Care Services in Nigeria.” The presentation looked at how organizations can use
structured and unstructured data in their patient safety programs. As a clinical informatics
specialist for her company, Poulin has been
working with a technical team to develop a
technical solution to automate the Institute for
Healthcare Improvement’s Global Trigger Tool.
“I would like attendees to consider what is
possible in their organization for enhancing
the use of their data. We have so much data at
our disposal but we are still struggling to organize, store, and retrieve it for secondary use.
The data at our disposal holds many powerful
stories that can be turned into actionable insights that benefit patients and clinicians,” Poulin said. n
AHIMA Expands International Focus