Monday, August 13, 2018

OHIMA Board President’s Message (2018-19)

Hello and welcome!  I am excited to serve as President of the Ohio Health Information Management Association (OHIMA). OHIMA’s strategic planning provides us with opportunities to partner with members of our community this upcoming year to accomplish the goals and objectives we’ve set. Together, with your help, I know we can accomplish great things in 2018-2019.

As you may know, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), our national Association, has new leadership. Dr. Wylecia Wiggs Harris now serves as the Chief Executive Officer of AHIMA.  AHIMA has introduced the “2018-2022 Strategic Objectives” to accomplish the vision under the leadership of Dr. Wiggs Harris which is “improving health through trusted information.”

I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight some key points of AHIMA’s strategic objectives so you will have an idea of how together we can help the HIM profession to “Transform healthcare by leading HIM, Informatics, and Information Governance.”

Technological advancements throughout the healthcare industry make it necessary to expand the roles of HIM professionals.  OHIMA, in partnership with AHIMA, is working to prepare our members for the HIM roles of the future.

At the end of 2017, AHIMA released the “Informatics Toolkit for Health Informatics and Information Management Professionals.”  It has been noted in the healthcare industry that HIM professionals bring unique and exceptional skills to roles in data analytics.  For that reason, one objective of AHIMA is to expand the number of new and current members who have a data analytics role as their primary job.

HIM professionals drive the data being collected by healthcare organizations.  So, it goes without saying that HIM professionals are in a position to support healthcare organizations with the management of collected data.  AHIMA wants to take it a step further by equipping HIM professionals with expertise in the use of Information Governance tools to transform the data into information to assist in achieving the strategic objectives of healthcare organizations.  AHIMA strives to increase the adoption of Information Governance practices through the use of the “AHIMA Information Governance Adoption Model” and the “AHIMA Information Governance Toolkit 3.0.”

The OHIMA membership is well-prepared to advance these strategic objectives through partnership and participation.  We are nationally recognized as the Component State Association (CSA) with outstanding participation from its membership!  I encourage you to share your ideas and suggestions with us to help you and our membership grow as HIM professionals.  Feel free to reach out to me at the email address below if you would like to share your thoughts.  Please partner with me as we work to advance the strategic objectives established by AHIMA to realize the goal of ensuring “the right information is delivered to the right person and the right time.”


Krystal Phillips, RHIA, CHTS-IS 
OHIMA Board President 2018-19

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