Journal of AHIMA Wins National Editorial Excellence Award
The Journal of AHIMA’s August 2013 issue highlighting and analyzing health information management’s (HIM) evolving workforce earned a Bronze Award in the Association Media & Publishing’s (AM&P) 2014 national EXCEL competition.
The August issue was honored for excellence in the category “Magazines: Single Topic Issue” for best focus on a single theme. The magazine issue displayed “a solid progression of ideas, thorough research, where appropriate, and well-balanced copy,” according AM&P.
The August issue focused on “HIM’s Evolving Workforce” and included feature articles and columns about the monumental changes and challenges the health information management profession is facing due to the ongoing industry move from paper to electronic health records (EHRs).
With change comes fear of the unknown, so Journal editors wanted to give readers an issue of the magazine that dug into just what to expect when it comes to the paradigm shift of EHRs, and help them actually embrace the vast opportunities that have developed alongside the advancement of electronic records and health information technology.
“For 84 years, the Journal has provided our members a monthly look at where the profession is and where it is going,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. “With change comes natural apprehension, but after reading the articles in the issue, it is clear there are massive, exciting opportunities that have developed alongside the advancement of EHRs and health information technology.”
The articles in this issue gave HIM professionals expert advice and guidance on how to personally and professionally prepare for the electronic age’s shake-up of the HIM industry. They feature a mix of practical workforce guidance (“Integrity of the Healthcare Record: Best Practices for EHR Documentation”), discuss the importance of continuing education (“Taking the Doctoral Challenge; Mapping the Future of HIM Education”), and provide insight into new career opportunities (“The Next HIM Frontier: Population Health Information Management Presents a New Opportunity for HIM”).
AM&P, the national membership organization serving the needs of association publishers, business operation executives, communications professionals, designers, and content generators, received more than 900 entries for this year’s awards. AM&P wrote that the Journal’s work “displayed superior quality and innovation.”
This is the eighth award the Journal has garnered in the last four years for excellence in journalism.