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Yours, Mine, and Ours

Author: Skurka, Margaret A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2000

Newspaper columnists spend plenty of time writing about problems in our society, trying to understand who's responsible for social ills and how they can be fixed. How does this relate to AHIMA? I believe that we can ask the same type of questions about some of the problems our professi....

Your Resume: A Checklist for Today's Trends

Author: Ellie, Perry E.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 1997

Does your resume work for you?

As the owner of a recruiting firm specializing in health information management, I critique hundreds of resumes each year. By employing the common sense ideas in this article you can enhance your resume, find the work of your dreams, and ch....

Your Job Search: Getting Ready for the Ride


Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: March 1998

So you've decided to look for a new job. If it feels like you are setting off on a long road trip without a map -- and perhaps without a clear sense of your destination -- you are not alone. While many highly skilled and experienced professionals are excellent at what they do on the job, they m....

Your Job in the E-health Era

Author: AHIMA E-Health Task Force

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2002

Are you ready to work in the e-health era? This excerpt from “Report on the Roles and Functions of E-health Information Management,” a recent white paper by AHIMA’s E-health Task Force, describes the many skills HIM professionals already have that can easily translate to....

You're the Boss: Put Your AHIMA Membership to Work!

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2017

One of the fastest ways to get acquainted with the numerous benefits of being an AHIMA member is to complete the program You're the Boss: Put your AHIMA Membership to Work. You can do this on your own or with the assistance of a Mentor.

You are Here: Annual Membership Survey Marks the Spot

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: August 2000

2000 Membership Profile

It's always assuring to get a periodic reading of your professional bearings. How does your salary compare to your peers'? Are there real career benefits associated with higher education? Which healthcare settings are growing for HIM professionals?

Write Your Own Story

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2017

I’ve always loved January! It is not only the freshly fallen snow and warm drinks by the fire that I cherish, it is the exhilaration that every new year brings with it the optimism that new beginnings are possible and the belief that our resolutions can create wonderful outcomes and suc....

World of Opportunity: HIM Impact in Ambulatory Care

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1999

Twenty-five years ago, I worked at a 13-physician family practice clinic. My job entailed pulling and assembling charts for patient appointments and phone calls, inserting and maintaining the problem list and laboratory flow sheet, releasing requested health information t....

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....

Working Online: Hazards Ahead

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2005

HIM professionals know that as we move from paper to an electronic environment, our mission of privacy and security remains the same. As the medium changes, however, we must evaluate new threats to information.

The growth of the Internet has been proportionate to the growth of its at....

Work Force Study Reveals New Picture of HIM


Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: December 2002

Information on HIM work force needs and trends to support a full range of uses by AHIMA and the industry is now being analyzed by researchers from the State University of New York at Albany. Three major reports of surveys done this year of a sample of nearly 6,000 members, all students who comp....

Will IG replace HIM?

Author: Washington, Lydia

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: December 28, 2015

I hear this question all the time from new as well as veteran HIM professionals. Especially now that the implementation of ICD-10-CM has come and gone (mostly with nothing more than a whimper, I might add, largely due to the exceptional planning and organization skills of great HIM profess....

Why Standards Should Matter to HIM Professionals

Author: Warner, Diana

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2014

Editor’s note: This article introduces Standards Strategies, a new Journal of AHIMA department that will provide guidance to HIM professionals on applying health data standards in areas including business, clinical care, and compliance.

AHIMA has always been committed t....

Why an Informatics Degree Matters

Author: Butler, Mary

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: April 2015

The HIM Problem

As HIM becomes increasingly data-centric, knowledge of informatics is becoming an essential tool.

Today, it’s hard to identify even one aspect of health information management (HIM) as a profession that isn’t profoundly affected by the use,....

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....

When Inmates Become Patients

Author: Jeffries, Jane

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001

When you think of places to expand your professional horizons, prison is probably not the first venue that comes to mind. But that's where Maryanne Perlmutter, MPH, RHIA, CPHQ, CCHP, found her ideal job.

As standards compliance coordinator at the Central California Women's....

When Health Information and Fiscal Management Meet

Author: Dunn, Rose T

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2001

HIM professionals have skills that can allow them to contribute to the bottom line in many ways. The author describes areas where HIM expertise can make a difference in evaluating an organization's fiscal performance through analysis of services driven by health information.

What the Data Say About HIM Professional Trends

Author: Marc, David; Robertson, Janet; Gordon, Leslie; Green-Lawson, Zakevia D; Gibbs, David; Dover, Kayce; Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017

In 2015 a workforce study was conducted using a survey instrument to define how health information management (HIM) is shifting to meet future needs and what knowledge, skills, education, and credentials will be necessary to perform successfully as an HIM practitioner.1 This study discover....

What's Your EHR IQ?

Author: Burrington-Brown, Jill

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2007

HIM is becoming more automated and electronic every year. The basic skill set of the HIM professional has changed dramatically. The acronyms abound, from HL7 and CCHIT to HIEs. It can be hard to keep up with all the latest developments. Test your EHR IQ by answering the following questions....

What Makes a Happy HIM Work Culture?

Author: Dover, Kayce

Source: AHIMA newsletter article

Publication Date: June 2016

"Happy families are all alike," Leo Tolstoy famously wrote. And the same may hold true for HIM departments. So what are the factors that make an HIM department happy? HIM Connections recently conducted a survey of HIM managers and team members to learn about HIM happiness: What works well....

Welcome to HIM, Watch Your Step: Unique HIM Role Focuses on Blending Education and Workforce Development to Properly Onboard New Hires and Get Students Vital On-the-Job Experience

Author: Nelson, Kristin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017

A unique job role has been created at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) related to onboarding, training, and student preceptorship that is seeing positive results and working to get past the Catch 22 of employment—you need experience to get a job, but you need a job....

Vision of Health Information Management in 2010

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 1999

Two-thirds of today's health information managers will be in the prime of their careers 10 years from now. But what will the world of work look like? One way to gain an understanding of the future is to create scenarios. Scenarios are literally stories about the future th....

Vanishing Supervisor

Author: Brandt, Mary D.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2004

The bottom line is calling. Here’s how to decide if your HIM department has the right number of supervisors.
Down-sizing, right-sizing, streamlining. It doesn’t really matter what you call it, but it has had a significant impact on healthcare operations and staffing. Organizat....

Value of Project Management Expertise

Author: Hughes, Gwen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2000

Over the past 25 years, I've had the opportunity to facilitate a number of projects. For the most part, I considered managing them challenging, rewarding, and fun. However, as health enterprises grow more complex, organizations attempt to interface more and more software, and managers a....

Value of In-Person Exam Preparation Workshops in Obtaining an AHIMA Credential

Author: Noblin, Alice; Walden, Amanda; Safian, Shelly C

Source: Educational Perspectives in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publication Date: 2015


The purpose of this study was to gauge the test-taking success of people who attended RHIA, RHIT, CCS, and CCS-P exam preparation workshops. Information available from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Newly Credentialed Professionals website....

Using Electronic Resources to Recruit and Hire Employees

Author: Picard, Angela

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 1999

Hiring the right employees for HIM jobs presents a unique challenge for employers. However, electronic resources offer more options for an employer's searching and recruiting efforts. With these tools, employers can go beyond the traditional methods of print advertising and/or retaining the se....

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