A House of Health Information
Dr. Wylecia Wiggs Harris - AHIMA CEO, and PHIMA’s own Valerie Watzlaf – AHIMA President welcomed AHIMA’s House of Delegates on Sunday, September 15th in Chicago ahead of the AHIMA Health Data and Information Conference. The message from our CEO was clear; AHIMA is undergoing a lot of change. In order to be effective in our change, we must start with building a strong foundation before we can build our House of Health Information. What is this “House of Health Information”? The House of Health Information includes IT Infrastructure, Financial Systems and Process, and the foundation of it all is AHIMA’s Members, Customer Service, and Staff.
The Board was transparent in the feedback they received from members and shared AHIMA’s current financial state. The Board promised members to do better. Along with this message, Dr. Harris shared the great progress AHIMA has made in creating strategic relationships with other like-minded organizations and our Policy and Legislative success.
The House of Delegates broke out into Action Forums, of which Pennsylvania was represented in all 4. The first Action Forum got together on Thought Leadership, Professional Development and Environmental Scanning which focused on feedback on AHIMA’s Strategic Plan, discussing emerging issues in our industry and feedback on how AHIMA can help CSAs. The second Action Forum, Health Information Professional Champions, worked on an elevator pitch. The group produced many great elevator pitches, but this one was decided as the top… “I work in a profession where I impact healthcare. Health Information Management is the hub that connects business, science and technology. We manage and coordinate your health information. If you want to know more, you can visit ahima.org.” The third Action Forum worked on House Action items in preparation for the Annual Business Meeting. A consensus was made that there would be no uncontested election along with other feedback to the Board and Nominating Committee on the recent election. The last Action Forum focused on Best Practices for Engagement, Communication and Process. PHIMA appreciated the opportunity to share our successes with and learn from other CSAs.
The Annual Business Meeting had three items to vote on. the CSAs approved a motion to Amend the Bylaws in Article VIII, 8.5 to state, “The Committee shall ensure that no position on the ballot is uncontested.” A proposal to create 7 Regional Delegate Liaison positions was not approved, and a proposal on a bylaw amendment to change the Nominating Committee was referred to the newly created Governance Task Force.
The meeting concluded with gaining excitement for next year’s AHIMA Health Data and Information Conference located in Atlanta, Georgia.