Carol Lewis has been a long-time member of AHIMA, starting in the 1950s. She looks back at how the profession has evolved over the decades.
In recent years, the US has seen a number of devastating natural disasters—a trend that experts expect to continue. As the nimbleness with which providers can respond to these circumstances is put to the test, HIM professionals are in a position to greatly assist provider response and enable the swift treatment of evacuees and other groups impacted by storms through their involvement with HIEs.
With numerous health systems experiencing mergers and acquisitions, interoperability and health information management have presented a significant barrier toward optimal care delivery and improved patient outcomes. The integrity of patient data can be threatened when patient records converged from different electronic health record (EHR) systems can’t be correctly matched and linked.
Healthcare organizations manage and analyze patient and member data today in volumes that even ten years ago would have been unimaginable—and will only increase. Taking steps toward a modern data architecture paves the way for clean, usable data integrated from a variety of sources such as wearables, clinical data, and payer data.
In the decades from the 1960s to present day, AHIMA and its members have continuously paved the way in an evolving profession vital to the modern healthcare industry.