Journal of AHIMA Transforms Along with Association

Journal of AHIMA Transforms Along with Association

By James Pinnick


As you are reading this first issue of the Journal of AHIMA in 2020, I hope you are noticing our new look for the New Year. This is a big year for the Journal and we are excited to unveil several improvements to the industry insights and information you expect from us, and how we bring you that information.

Before sharing what is changing, I want to stress what is not:

We will continue to publish the same great content to keep you current on issues that affect the profession while sharing best practices and the latest thinking in health information. And we will still offer the same number of CEU opportunities based on our content.

We know the Journal—and the content it delivers—is a valuable member benefit and we want to build upon that. Watch for more in-depth reporting from our team as it looks into emerging topics affecting the profession.

Starting with this month’s cover story, you will notice references in our feature articles to the three impact areas of Integrity, Connection, and Access. These are the broad areas identified in the AHIMA four-year strategic plan to advance the leadership and expertise of our organization and profession across healthcare. The impact areas will be the guideposts for what we cover in the Journal and in other AHIMA communications this year.

Impact Areas: Integrity, Connection, and Access

Journal of AHIMA readers are going to be seeing—and hearing and reading—a lot about “Integrity,” “Connection,” and “Access” this year. Cornerstones of health information management, all Journal feature content in the year ahead will highlight one or more of these areas.

Integrity: Advancing the knowledgeable, contextual, secure, and appropriate creation and use of health data, leading industry conversations on innovative ways to ensure integrity

Connection: Facilitating optimal sharing of data between providers, consumers, health information networks, and health plans through technology-enabled, secure access to electronic health information

Access: Guiding the industry toward the most effective policies and practices to balance the ever-evolving need for appropriate access to protected health information with ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and security of protected health information

The most noticeable change for this year, however, is not in our content but in how we deliver that content to you. Until now, our primary delivery method for Journal content has been mailing 10 print issues per year as well as creating digital versions of those issues, which were accessed by a fraction of readers. As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, we owe our readers a modern, engaging digital experience that comfortably resides alongside the other digital publications and media you use each day.

So, here’s what is changing:

A new website will be the single digital location for all Journal content. The new site will make each issue and individual piece of content accessible on mobile, shareable on social, and searchable­—­all in an effort to help you find and read the topics that matter to you.

The Journal issues will be printed every other month, starting with this one. While you will receive fewer magazines in your physical mailbox, you will actually receive more Journal content as we will publish online on the first of each month in 2020. And there will be bonus mid-month content published when news breaks or something is too good to wait!

My ask to you is to embrace this change with us. Digital platforms will allow us to do many things we can’t in print—from including interactive and multimedia elements, to linking together related content, to encouraging you to share and comment directly on a story. I hope to see the number of our members reading the Journal online increase throughout the year to the same levels already receiving it in print.


James Pinnick ( is vice president, content and product development at AHIMA.