AHIMA’s Engage Communities Connect HIM Professionals
AHIMA’s former Communities of Practices (CoP) has transformed into the Engage Online Communities, engage.ahima.org. The site offers a new look, feel, and approach to connecting, collaborating, and communicating with healthcare and health information management (HIM) professionals the world over.
The newest iteration of AHIMA’s communities of practice site has been completely revisited and reworked to provide a smoother, fuller, and more robust social media experience for AHIMA’s members and the healthcare field at large. Within days of Engage’s launch 1,343 unique log-ins were recorded, with 112 new nonmembers signing up.
“Engage offers a great new online discussion forum for AHIMA members and nonmembers to discuss health information management (HIM) issues, best practices, and much more,” reports AHIMA staff member and senior manager Sheryl Reyes. “It’s an easy-to-use tool that allows both members and nonmembers to connect and expand their professional network based on common backgrounds or interests.”
Engage now features public HIM content communities, accessible to both AHIMA members and other HIM professionals, in addition to private communities open only to volunteer committee and AHIMA members. The newly designed public communities are organized by defined HIM domains, reflecting strategically aligned content and forums. The new communities’ titles are:
- Coding, Classification and Reimbursement
- Confidentiality, Privacy and Security
- Consumer Engagement and Personal Health Information
- Health Informatics
- Health Information Technologies and Processes
- Healthcare Leadership and Innovation
- Information Governance and Standards
The site itself presents a cleaner look to facilitate navigation; makes it easier to store, tag, and search for HIM resources; and enables users to set up a profile (LinkedIn profiles are easily uploaded to your Engage profile page) to start communicating right away. The members-only directory also permits AHIMA members to immediately connect and network with fellow members who share similar job histories and educational backgrounds. Explore these and other features at the Engage site by visiting engage.ahima.org. The Help page is a great resource for any questions that may arise, as are these useful video tutorials.