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IS Director Views e-HIM as a Journey, Not a Destination

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: April 2006


Ann Ogorzalek, RHIA, advances e-HIM® from the IT side. A former director of HIM, Ogorzalek is now director of telecom and information services at Central DuPage Health (CDH) in Winfield, IL. The hospital and its network of physician practices, home care, and extended care is progressing steadi....

HIM in Corrections

Author: Altus, Bonnie; Leeka, Joyce

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2006


What prompted you to take a position in this field?


Altus: I was working in IT when I got my RHIT, and this position became available without requiring relocation when I decided to leave IT and move into HIM. It seemed like a good first step into HIM and an interesting challen....

CIO Calling: How Much IT Does an IT Project Require?

Author: Stein, Todd

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2006


When IT projects start, CIOs say they turn to HIM for detailed workflow knowledge combined with a high-level understanding of technology.
When Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital decided to go paperless with an electronic record two years ago, CIO Tim Zoph saw that the key to the hos....

"True Blue Oz" Shares Her Professional Life in Australia

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: March 2006


Down under, HIM is thriving thanks to people like Lesley Ramsay, manager of patient HIM services at the Fremantle Hospital in Fremantle, Western Australia. A native Australian, Ramsay began her career with a bachelor's degree in medical record administration and received a graduate certificate....

HIT Professional Leaves Footprint in the Military

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: March 2006


As the director of health technology legislative affairs for the office of the Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Burzynski, MS, RHIA, serves as the senior advisor for all legislative issues concerning the Military Health System (MHS) Health Information Technolog....

HIM Education: Assignment for Change

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: March 2006


The EHR is making HIM academic programs do their homework. AHIMA staff and member volunteers are helping to fill in the blanks, but all members can pitch in. Here are some of the main assignments academic programs are working on and insights from some of our best teachers.


Assig....

Streamlining the System through e-HIM

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: February 2006


As director of medical information services, Mary Reeves, RHIA, is driving Vanderbilt University Hospital toward a paperless future. How has your organization progressed toward an e-HIM® environment?

Being in an academic center, we've been very aggressive in developing the electronic....

Moving into Mapping

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2006


"The information is there, but is it correct?" asks Wilson. "Can the systems talk to each other, and are they truly speaking the same language?"

In her work as a data analyst and team lead for the 3M Healthcare Data Dictionary at 3M Health Information Systems, Wi....

HIM Veteran Dedicated to International Good Works

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: February 2006


Everlena M. Holmes, EdD, RHIA, is retired, but has a compelling history of HIM consulting in the Caribbean. Her most significant work was with Project Hope in Barbados, West Indies. In addition, Holmes was instrumental in establishing what is equivalent to an associate degree program at Barbado....

HIM: Many Faces, Many Paths, One Name

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: February 2006


In the movie Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks' character famously said, "Life is like a box of chocolates....you never know what you're going to get." This idea has a resonance in the HIM field, which comprises a richer assortment of people, job titles, and work settings than ever before. AHIMA's divers....

Passion for the World

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: December 2005


"Global outreach" describes the good work that member Audrey Shaffer, RHIA, CPHQ, does. Presented with the 2005 Distinguished Alumna Award in Health Information Management from Loma Linda University, Shaffer, a member of AHIMA since 1972, is an ambassador for the profession. She currently is a....

Family Friend Leads HIM Professional to Exciting Privacy Career

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: December 2005


Who knew that a random visit to The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) in Duluth, MN, would lead Amy Watters, RHIA, to a successful HIM career? But that's exactly what happened.

One day, during her senior year of high school in Minnesota, Watters' friend, Annie, said, "Let's go visit....

Survey Provides First Look at Life in the RHIO World

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: December 2005


The number of state, local, and community-based entities transmitting patient information is increasing across the nation, and AHIMA members have a role to play in their planning and implementation, according to a new survey of HIM professionals and others in the industry. The survey was condu....

HIM Roles in Clinical Research

Author: Hyde, Linda A.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 21, 2005

Opportunities

In the more than 75 years of its existence, AHIMA has seen the roles and responsibilities of its members grow and evolve. The possibilities for diversity in professional and educational opportunities are continually expanding. In the introduction to the report, Data for Deci....

Practice Toolkit: Subacute Care Units

Author: Formica, Beth A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2005


Subacute care units specialize in physical, occupational, and speech therapies for patients with neuromuscular disease, recent stroke, brain or spinal cord injury, and recent orthopedic surgery. The units provide patients with the necessary skills to return to society quickly and cost effectiv....

Thriving on the Unexpected: HIM Professional Leads the Way to EHR

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: October 2005


A career-day event in high school introduced Erica Foster, MBA, RHIA, to HIM. At the time, Foster thought she wanted to be a medical technologist. But during a tour of a local hospital she changed her mind, deciding she would have a "difficult time looking at specimens day after day." The tour....

Medical Documentation Professional Makes Headway in Germany

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: September 2005


Monika Niehsen-Zehrer is a native German who lives and works in southern Germany, "near Freiburg im Breisgau." She recently shared a little bit about her HIM work in her native country.
Niehsen-Zehrer's job title and degree are nearly identical. Her job title is "medizinische dokumentarin....

Indonesian Member Shares Love of Education

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2005


Erkadius Erkadius, MD, wears two HIM hats in his native Indonesia. "Formally, I am a lecturer in physiology at the Universitas Andalas, in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia. But I also am the chairman and co-owner of Yayasan Iris, a non-profit organization looking for betterment in health educati....

Trailblazer in Every HIM Professional

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2005


Lydia Washington's career has been on a steady path of spreading e-HIM™ in the various organizations where she has worked. "Everything that I've done has really been geared toward moving whatever organization I was with toward an electronic record," she says. It is no surprise then that she has....

When the Doctor Calls: Opportunities in Ambulatory Care

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2005


It wasn't too long ago that physicians could hire a file clerk to handle simple filing tasks and doctors themselves decided how patients could view their records. But today doctors' information needs are much more complex.
Just look at how many credentialed HIM professionals are bringing....

Passion for Coding

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2005


Tanai Nelson, CCS, CCS-P, always knew that she wanted to go into some branch of the medical field. “I always thought I was to going to be a nurse at first,” she says. “I’ve always been intrigued about medicine, how things work, and learning about the body. Coding was ju....

Practice Toolkit: College HIM

Author: Hjort, Beth M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2005


Sheila Zweifel, RHIT, has worked in college HIM for more than 25 years. “I love my job. It’s the variety,” Zweifel says of college HIM. However, she remembers a time, years ago, when few credentialed HIM professionals chose that career path. “Networking was difficult in....

From HIM to Sales, CEO Does it All

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: June 2005


Susan M. Pierce wanted to work with an electronic health record. She found her chance at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) in Washington, DC. As the center's regional medical records consultant, ensuring data quality through the transition from a paper to an electronic record is the c....

New Member Profile Results Show HIM Careers Expanding

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: June 2005


Can your credential, level of education, and job title affect how much you earn? A look at AHIMA’s 2005 member profile data shows that all these factors and more can affect an HIM professional’s career. As the future of the profession continues to evolve and HIM professionals carve....

Coder Uses Education as a Pathway to Success

Author: Hicks, Jewelle E

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2005


For coding consultant Bonnie C. Sher, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, her entrance into the world of HIM began with the desire to secure a future for herself and her family. In 1990 she was shocked when a friend’s husband suddenly died, leaving the family with no means of support. Sher knew that....

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