Last fall, AHIMA announced that it was embarking on an “organizational transformation” to set the association up for a successful future. Last week’s slideshow on the Journal of AHIMA website gave concrete examples of how change is going to happen and areas of focus. This week we’re talking about what to expect this year.
To view the previous slideshows in this series discussing AHIMA’s organizational transformation, click on the links below:
- “What We Mean by ‘AHIMA’s Transformation’”
- “Status Update—Where are we in AHIMA’s transformation?”
- “Areas of Focus in AHIMA’s Transformation”
In 2019, AHIMA will be focusing on two of its strengths: coding and CDI. The goal is to create new products and content that can help members solve problems in their workplace.
AHIMA will also continue to focus on privacy and security. Its Privacy and Security Practice Council is concentrating on new regulatory developments such as possible changes to modernize HIPAA, as well as proposed federal rules on interoperability and information blocking.
Part of the transformation has meant letting go of some areas of expertise. Though they are still important to HIM professionals and students, AHIMA has paused further content development in the areas of information governance and informatics.
Fully understanding what the industry is demanding and therefore what members’ educational and other professional needs will be is an ongoing process. For example, the first step in revamping data analytics will include a survey to AHIMA members and hosting an industry roundtable to get external input. Next steps will be determined based on the results of this information gathering.
AHIMA is also committed to improving the customer experience for AHIMA members and external customers in the following ways:
AHIMA wants to ensure that its external customers (individuals and organizations) have a meaningful and consistent experience from all points of contact, including CSAs.
AHIMA wants to make it easy and enjoyable for all our customers to do business with the association as they learn about, purchase, and use its products and services and engage with AHIMA representatives. The goal is to be more agile, functional, and user focused.
AHIMA’s annual Convention and Exhibit will also get a new look as a result of the transformation. Held this September in Chicago, the event will be called the Health Data and Information Conference. The name change better reflects the industry and space where HIM roles are centered. There will continue to be educational sessions, networking, and exhibits as well as new features. Members and the industry can expect to see more information about the 2019 Conference over the next few months.
Mary Butler is associate editor at Journal of AHIMA.