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Telehealth Holds Promise for the Future of Healthcare

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016



In Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly traveled from 1985 to 2015, and while there he used videoconferencing to communicate with his coworker Needles. Although the real 2015 might not be exactly the world that Marty McFly found in the movie, teleconferencing with a doctor and other te....

Work Outside Your Comfort Zone

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2016



Have you ever taken on a special project outside of your comfort zone? My special project this year has been building an outpatient surgery center (OSC) from the ground up. Leadership, Strategic/Organizational Management, Change Management, and Project Management are all curriculum domain....

From 'Confidentiality Police' to 'Privacy Officer'

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2016



Privacy and security has been one of the most interesting aspects of my job. I often tell folks the role of privacy comes very easily to HIM professionals because we were the “Confidentiality Police” long before the title “Privacy Officer” was widely accepted. Prior to HIPAA, HIM professi....

'Patient First' Should Be Our Mission

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2016



During my many years working in healthcare I have received several forms of training regarding mission statements and putting our patients first.


When I first joined the health information management (HIM) profession, I did not fully understand the trials and tribulations....

Planning Ahead for 2017 and Beyond

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2016



Since I am halfway through my term as AHIMA’s President, I wanted to take some time this month to reflect on the work AHIMA’s Board of Directors has done thus far.


We hit the ground running in January at our first board meeting of the year, where we discussed our 2016 quar....

Bringing HIM to Every Corner of Healthcare

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2016



Remember our association’s theme from last year: HIM without walls?


In June I accepted a new professional role as the assistant vice president of the Heart and Vascular Institute at West Virginia University Medicine, which has been an amazing opportunity.


Sh....

Seat at the Table: Testimony to NCVHS

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2016



Back in June I had the opportunity to represent both AHIMA members and the HIM profession while testifying at a National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) hearing on the need for a better definition of the minimum necessary standards. I would like to share with you some hig....

Convention Will Showcase HIM's Evolution

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2016



October is upon us, and with that comes our annual AHIMA Convention and Exhibit. This is a time when we are inspired to learn about the most transformative topics in health information management (HIM) as well as the healthcare industry.


Over this past year we have seen our....

Departing Board Members, Thank You for Your Service

Author: Martin, Melissa

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2016



It is hard to believe that I am writing my final Journal of AHIMA column as the president/chair of your AHIMA Board of Directors.


As I sit down to write this column, I recall Patty Sheridan, former AHIMA president/chair, saying in 2012 that there is no way to wrap everythi....