After 16 years with HIMAA, Lyn Williams, Director Education Services will be retiring at the end of the year. Lyn has been instrumental in leading and growing HIMAA’s clinical coding focussed education services. Today HIMAA is a successful Registered Training Organisation with over 700 national and international students enrolled in 9 different courses. Lyn has had a hand in training many Clinical Coders and influencing the standard of coding education now recognised as Nationally Recognised Training at Diploma level. We will be paying further tribute to Lyn in the coming months. Our current attention is finding a suitable replacement for this important role within HIMAA. The HIMAA Director Education Services position has been advertised, with further details in this newsletter. If you have experience in coding education and are interested in this role, we’d love to hear from you. Applications close on Sunday 1st October.
HIMAA is pleased to have re-launched an easier, on-line Professional Credentialing Scheme for our members. This is a great opportunity for full, senior associate, life, and fellow members to demonstrate and be recognised for their professional currency. Further details are below in the newsletter. If you take up the opportunity to be credentialed by the end of October, you will be included in the recognition of our PCS members at the November AGM this year.
With the combined 20th IFHIMA Congress and 40th HIMAA Conference just over 4 weeks away, there is a lot of activity occurring to ensure this is going to be a great event. This year it’s HIMAA’s privilege to host the International Federation of Health Information Management Association (IFHIMA) Congress – an event that occurs somewhere around the globe every 3-4 years. IFHIMA represents and advances the global health information management profession, with its members being HIM associations around the world as well as individuals. The Congress is an opportunity for thought leadership and experiences in health information management from many countries to be shared. To have this event hosted in Australia, means that we have the opportunity to participate in an international conference in health information management. That alone should be an attractive reason to attend this year’s Congress.
But wait there’s more reasons to attend! With four concurrent streams of presentations and workshops covering ICD-11, coding and classification; digital health; global workforce; accreditation/certification; research, education and training; information governance, privacy and security; CDI and data integrity; quality and patient safety; artificial intelligence; IFHIMA news from the Pacific Islands; and not to be missed clinical updates, it’s going to be difficult to choose what to attend! There will be plenty of opportunity for networking and socialising with a welcome reception on day one and the Gala dinner on day two where we get the chance to show our international colleagues how to do the Nutbush in style!
It’s not too late to register! Come for the whole Congress, a day or just the clinical update half day sessions. Brisbane is beautiful this time of year, with the riverside Southbank Parklands near the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The current registration prices are until 5th October, while late registrations will be accepted until the event. Join 500 colleagues, friends, and industry partners at this not to be missed event!
We have a free, popular webinar coming up on the 12th October on the My Health Record which will be contextualised for health information management professionals. Take an hour to get up to speed on the My Health Record. REGISTER HERE.
A new feature, Professional Practice Update, has been added to HIMAA Matters this month, with the goal to bring to your attention emerging and evolving areas of professional practice to keep your knowledge and skills as a health information management professional current.
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I look forward to seeing many of you in Brisbane on the 30th October!