Health information management professionals at Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), Eastern Wisconsin Division, analyzed patient population data to inform practices in their four healthcare facilities, which resulted in improved patient care. They were honored as AHIMA’s 2019 Grace Award recipient during Tuesday’s Appreciation Celebration at Navy Pier. The HSHS eastern division includes four hospitals: St. Vincent Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay, St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, and St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.
Eliminating the health disparities among LGBTQ individuals and working to enhance the efforts to improve overall LGBT health through the collection of accurate sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI) data was the focus of the Tuesday session “SO/GI Data: Up Close with The Fenway Institute.” The audience listened as Jami Woebkenberg of Banner Health interviewed Chris Grasso associate VP for informatics and data services at The Fenway Institute, a counterpart to Fenway Health that focuses on research, education, and policy.
First thing’s first: it’s Ginna, “as in Gin,” says Ginna Evans, MBA, RHIA, CPC, CRC, FAHIMA, the incoming president/chair of AHIMA. “It’s short for Virginia. People have been calling me Gina and Jenna my entire life so I’m used to it. It’s Ginna, but I’ll answer to any of them.” Evans, coding educator for the internal medicine specialties division of Emory Clinic, Emory Healthcare, in Atlanta, GA, has been an active volunteer with AHIMA and an advocate for HIM her entire career.
On Tuesday in the Arie Crown Theater portion of the General Session, AHIMA President Valerie Watzlaf and AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris hosted dsicussions with Dr. David Barbe and Dr. Patrice Harris about leadership and their work on addressing the opioid epidemic. Barbe is past president of the AMA, while Harris is the current AMA president and the first African-American woman to hold the position. Improvement and empowerment through innovation were the central themes speakers explored in the Innovation Theater portion of General Session by speakers Alexandra Mugge and Doug Lindsay.
Drugviu, a population health platform, took home the first-place $5,000 award at AHIMA’s inaugural Pitch Competition on Monday. Drugviu is a data-based solution that provides usage information on medications prescribed to minority populations based on the experiences of others who have taken the medication.