“Change is scary. Disruption is scary. Being left behind is even scarier,” said incoming President/Chair-Elect Ginna Evans in her first address to AHIMA members on the final day of AHIMA19. Two of the keys to not being left behind and pushing the work of health information professionals, she said, are the ability to think creatively and inventively.
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.
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.
Healthcare privacy and security experts converged at McCormick Place Sunday for the Privacy and Security Institute, an annual two-day event coinciding with AHIMA19. Iliana Peters, JD, LLM, CISSP, kicked things off Saturday with her general session presentation, “Updates from HHS OCR – What’s Your Favorite Regulator Done for You Lately?”
Doug Lindsay was so weak that he could not stand for more than a few minutes. At just 21 years old, the biology major was bedridden and housebound, fighting a debilitating illness that mystified physicians and scientists and soon forced him to drop out of college.