Hello OHIMA Nation! I am excited to get the 2021-2022 Ohio Health Information Management Association year off and running! I am honored to serve as the OHIMA President. This will be a year of comebacks and new horizons. As many of you may still be at home or are working a hybrid schedule or maybe have come back to the office full time, there is always work to be done. As HIM professionals our roles may have changed, our setting may have changed but what doesn’t change is the tenacity, adaptability and drive to make sure information gets to those that need it.
The board is hard at work this summer, we met in June to discuss project plans for the next year, collaboration of resources and our plans for OHIMA’s future. Also, in June there was the Membership business meeting where our bylaws were voted on and approved to align with that of AHIMA and the new membership models. We heard from Katherine Lusk, current AHIMA President with an emphasis on community and our role as an association. Lead, Serve, Represent embodies AHIMA and its members as the leading voices of authority in health information, that Health information is Human information and as an organization we are committed to the excellence in the management of health information for the benefit of patients and providers.
As the year continues to take shape so will our OHIMA events and meetings. Both the Fall Coding Symposium and annual meeting are gearing up to offer a hybrid meeting format; allowing for those that are ready to get out and meet up again the opportunity to do so but also for those that prefer a virtual offering will be able to benefit from all that OHIMA will have to offer.
Stay tuned for updates and meeting information, continue to include the OHIMA webpage as part of your frequent internet hits, check out the OHIMA Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages as well as the OHIMA blog to keep up-to-date on all things OHIMA and health information. If you want to be heard feel free to contribute to the blog, we would love to hear from you.
I am excited to get this year going and to be a part of such an amazing organization of HIM professionals. Feel free to reach out to me or our OHIMA support staff with any questions you may have.
Have a great year!
Amanda Wickard, MBA, RHIA, CPHI
OHIMA Board President FY 2021-2022