Thursday, April 27, 2017

OHIMA Annual Meeting Reflection

Lights, Camera, Action!! ... This year's OHIMA Annual Meeting featuring HIM in the Spotlight, was a fun, educational, inspirational and record breaking event.  942 registrants, 80 vendors,  34 speakers, 43 OHIMA staff and board members, and many special activities helped make this the event to attend this year.

Matt Jones, a three times cancer conqueror, Bone Marrow Transplant survivor and multi-marathoner,  kicked off the meeting with many examples of leadership: being about perspective, running a marathon, having a heart of service and finding humor in things.  "Make some noise- be excited over HIM!" As Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, "Nothing great is ever achieved without enthusiasm."  What resonated with me was when Matt stated; you'll be the same 5 years from now except for the books you read and the people you meet.  For this reason, we are working on a blog post of books that OHMA Board Members and Leaders recommend - watch for it to be published in the coming weeks! And throughout the Annual Meeting sessions as well, many speakers mentioned the books that they recommend and weaved something about those books/material into their speech.  Matt quotes Harry Truman stating, "Leaders are readers."  The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results Book by Gary Keller was recommended by multiple speakers.  Amy Cuddy's Ted Talks about Presence and body language would be good to listen to, as you reflect what your leadership philosophy is and how you define success. 

An Information Governance (IG) update was provided by Anita Doupnik, a Senior Director of IG from AHIMA.  It's not an unachievable initiative, it's what HIM professionals have been doing all along, just fashioned into a different perspective to  showcase and lead HIM into the future healthcare landscape.   Susan White, AHIMA Board Member, gave an AHIMA update talking about the new AHIMA membership model, HIM Reimagined, AHIMA's World Congress established, the new Health Informatics Professional credential and moving the HIM profession into the future.  For more information on IG, go to

Kordell Norton gave interesting examples of business charisma and how to create experiences.  Who went to check out the Zappos app to see if they would get the same outstanding customer service Kordell received?  We're all familiar with Press Ganey measuring customer satisfaction through engagement and experience.  Have you thought about the patient experience in a different manner?  Who has been to Jungle Jim's in Fairfield?  Think about that experience and what business charisma can do....

I would have had to be cloned to be able to attend all the breakout sessions I would have liked to attend!  Because of this (good) problem, this year, a couple of sessions were recorded which will be offered as webinars on the OHIMA website.  More information to come on that, so be watching the OHIMA website for those offerings!

From the Star Wall where superior leaders in HIM were nominated to the professional photographed headshots offered by Jessica Gleim, OHIMA continues to invest in the future of the Ohio HIM professionals.

The 37th OHIMA Annual Meeting was quite the event to attend!  Props to the Producer (a.k.a.; Lauren Manson) and Support (a.k.a. Bethany Shelton) for running the event seamlessly.  Until the next event....


About the Author

Sandra Seabold, MBA, RHIA is the Data Integrity Manager, Coding at the Cleveland Clinic and currently serves as the OHIMA 2016-17 Board President.  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Susan White

James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Current job title
Administrator of Analytics

Job duties and/or educational background
PhD in Statistics, RHIA, CHDA
Administrator over Cancer Program Analytics team, participate in enterprise-wide committees (Patient Services, Information Governance, Value-Based Purchasing measurement, Clinical Transformation), design of cancer-related bundled payment models

How did you progress to your current leadership position?

Consultant > Academic appointment > hospital administrator
Moving between companies
What are ways that you motivate and inspire your team?  Please identify what type of team you are referring to (i.e. your direct reports at work, a committee, a different organization you are part of).

I want my team to be as satisfied with their work as I am.  I strive to supply them with the tools and training that they need to be successful.  I also (with my Director) work to mix their duties to include some ‘production’ (monthly/quarterly dashboards and scorecards) with some data mining and discovery work.
How do you select a mentor?  What traits do you look for?
I am not sure I ever actually ‘selected’ a mentor per se.  I draw mentorship from a variety of sources and look for people that are successful in their careers who have a life/work balance.

What professional organizations are you associated with?  Has your participation in these organizations enhanced your leadership capabilities?  If so, how?

AHIMA, American Statistical Association, HFMA
I believe my service on the AHIMA Board of Directors and leadership positions on committees and practice councils has helped me further develop my leadership skills.
What advice would you give someone aspiring to be a leader?
Look for opportunities!  As I travel around the country talking to HIM professionals, I hear many say ‘no one asks me to participate’, ‘no one invites me to meetings for leaders’… sometimes you have to look outside of your comfort zone to become recognized for your expertise and leadership.  High performers are noticed and often tapped to work on critical projects in addition to their day-to-day work.  It is worth the time and effort to take advantage of those opportunities; step up in a meeting and volunteer!

Friday, April 14, 2017

OHIMA 2017 Achievement Award Winners

The OHIMA 2017 Achievement Awards were presented during the General Session on Monday, March 20, 2017 at the OHIMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show.  Congratulations to our award winners:

Lauree E. Handlon, MS, RHIA, CCS, COC, FAHIMA

OHIMA's highest honor, the Distinguished Member Award, recognizes Lauree Handlon for demonstrating exceptional leadership & service throughout her career.

Lauree has served the HIM profession tirelessly.  She has been a star at her workplace and in her volunteer role with OHIMA – and yet she still finds the time to serve on boards, present and publish, and serve as a preceptor, mentor and adjunct faculty to future healthcare professionals.  It would be an understatement to say that Lauree "serves" - she goes above and beyond in every single endeavor, every single time - without fail. 

Congrats Lauree!


Kristin Nelson, MS, RHIA

The Ambassador to Education Award honors an outstanding clinical practice site supervisor, adjunct professor or other HIM professional who has contributed significantly to Ohio’s Health Information Management and Health Information Technology programs.  In 2017, we are thrilled to honor Kristin Nelson as the Ambassador to Education Award recipient.

Kristin is an exceptional at what she does.  She has a passion to educate.  Kristin has provided students with an excellent learning experience by sharing her HIM knowledge.  Her dedication to her students and the enthusiasm she brings contributes significantly to the success of students at Ohio State, University of Cincinnati, etc. 

Congrats Kristin!


Lauren Manson, RHIA

The OHIMA Board of Directors honored OHIMA's Executive Director, Lauren Manson, with the Producer Award for her role in "producing" all OHIMA that does.  Thank you Lauren for your dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to the excellence of OHIMA!


Bethany Shelton

Special recognition was given to OHIMA's Executive Assistant, Bethany Shelton, for her dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to the excellence of OHIMA.  Thank you, Bethany!

Do you know an outstanding Health Information Management professional who deserves recognition?  Consider nominating them for one of OHIMA's Achievement Awards!  Nominations will be accepted starting in September on the OHIMA website

Thursday, April 6, 2017

ASK HIM: What is HIMR and how can we learn more?

Question submitted via email: What is HIMR and how can we learn more?

Answer from Beth Liette (OHIMA Board Member):
HIM Reimagined (HIMR) is an AHIMA Leadership initiative approved by the AHIMA Board of Directors in February, 2017. The program offers strategies to transform health information management (HIM) for the future. The primary goals of the HIMR plan include:
•    Increasing the number of HIM professionals holding relevant graduate degrees;
•    Ensuring a strong and valid body of knowledge through research; and
•    Developing career pathways.

The primary focus for HIMR is on curriculum revisions to ensure alignment with jobs of the future. The new competencies are designed to give students the skills needed to remain relevant in the new healthcare environment in areas like informatics, information governance, revenue cycle, and data analytics.

The HIMR Task Force will begin to move forward in implementing activities during 2017. Primary market research, to be completed in 2017, will identify career roles and pathways to move the HIM profession forward into the future.  As more information is made available through research, plan revisions may occur.

To read more about HIMR and watch a video, visit the AHIMA website (EXPIRED).  The draft Whitepaper details numerous recommendations with the rationale for each recommendation.

If you want more information, you can also contact the OHIMA Central Office via email ( 

About the Author 

Beth Liette, MS, RHIA is the current Past-President of OHIMA and Senior Director of HIM at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  She also serves on AHIMA's House of Delegates and is OHIMA's Delegate Coordinator.


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