The publication of Issue 1 of the HIM-Interchange for 2022 marks one year since the launch of the journal on the new online platform. Access to the many and varied articles in the journal about what’s happening in health information management has never been easier.
This latest issue includes an article on the Australian National Subacute and Non-Acute Patient Classification Version 5.0, which has recently been released by the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority. As well as being a useful update on the changes in the latest version, it provides an interesting overview of the process of developing and refining health service classifications. An update from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on the International Classification of Diseases, 11th Revision, is also included, which details the recommendations for the potential implementation of ICD-11 in Australia.
There are also three professional placement profiles from students in Queensland. While each student completed their own unique projects, there was a common link between them. The students report on the valuable work they undertook in relation to health record management policies as part of the state’s response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, as well as some insights and reflections on the experience of completing a professional placement.
In a fond farewell to Jennie Shepheard, inaugural Editor and long-standing member of the HIM-Interchange Subcommittee, we learn about how the journal evolved, some of the highlights from over the years, and some words of encouragement for people who might be thinking about getting involved in the journal. An update on the progress of HIMAA’s Clinical Coder Working Group, in developing performance standards for Clinical Coders, also offers an opportunity to contribute to shaping the future of health information management, with a call out for volunteers to participate in this important project.
Finally, the recent editorial from the Health Information Management Journal Virtual Special Issue on inclusive health information management and research is a thought provoking read on inclusive practices and inclusive design of health, disability, and community care models.
Enjoy reading this issue – and if you feel inspired to submit an article for publication, please send an email to contact HIMInterchange@himaa.org.au.