Monday, October 14, 2019

OHIMA Receives the 2019 AHIMA Advocacy Triumph Award

At the AHIMA Convention in Chicago, AHIMA recognized the 2019 Triumph Awards recipients during the 80s themed Appreciation Celebration on September 17, 2019.  This honor is presented to members who have demonstrated excellence in their dedication and service to the health information management profession.  The ADVOCACY AWARD honors those who have exhibited long-standing and enthusiastic support of policy advocacy for the purpose of advancing the health information management (HIM) profession and practices.

AHIMA selected the Ohio Health Information Management Association (OHIMA) as the recipient of the 2019 AHIMA Advocacy Triumph Award.  While not a typical method of legislative advocacy for the profession, OHIMA’s application communicated a compelling case describing how OHIMA advocated for the HIM profession by creating a short, animated video that showcased the diverse job settings, skills, and functions that make up the HIM profession in an effort to help others to answer that question which is common to us all: “What exactly IS health information management?”  The purpose of the video creation by the OHIMA Board of Directors was to aid potential students, human resource departments, and the general HIM profession in understanding and communicating the HIM profession.

The video was revealed during the OHIMA 2019 Annual Meeting and Trade Show where members were encouraged to share the video broadly with employers, human resource departments, and HIM colleagues. Members and other CSAs helped to achieve almost 2000 views of the video within a few months of release. Kristin M. Nelson, MS, RHIA; Lauren W. Manson, RHIA; and the OHIMA Board are credited with leading this strategic advocacy project.  The video can be viewed on the OHIMA website under the “What Is HIM?” link.  AHIMA congratulated OHIMA as the recipient of the 2019 AHIMA Advocacy Triumph Award for successfully advocating for the profession, explaining exactly what HIM professional do, and encouraging others to join OHIMA to showcase the talent and importance of the HIM professional.

To view the video, visit the OHIMA website:

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