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The monthly digital newsletter of the Health Information Management Association of Australia Limited
Volume 8 | Issue 01 | Digital
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Cheens Lee

President - HIMAA

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Cheens Lee

President - HIMAA

President's Report

Hello Members

 

Welcome to the first President’s Report for 2022! During the last week I’ve been able to attend a couple of in person events. Remember the novelty of being able to see the bottom half of the person you’re talking to and not having to worry about the mute button – although in some instances it would be useful to be able to apply this function to others. I attended the Brilliant Women in Digital Health function hosted by Telstra Health and the Digital Health Institute Summit, both held in Melbourne. There was a lot of energy and missed human interactions that we have craved in the last two years. I can’t wait until October when the HIMAA National Conference will be held in Adelaide. I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of excitement and pent-up energy when we get together again in person.

 

Digital Health

Attending the events reinforced for me the strong contribution HIMs have made in digital health and the various career paths and opportunities that are available to us. Two HIMs that were recognised as part of the Brilliant Women in Digital Health awards were Kate Quirke as the CEO of Alcidion, a publicly listed Australian digital health company, and Heather Grain, an internationally recognised expert in health information standards. I was also able to catch-up with fellow HIMs Jackie McLeod, Chief Operating Officer of The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and Bronwyn Taylor, Principal eHealth Advisor at the Department of Health Victoria. I’m name dropping here to illustrate the breadth in roles that the skills and competencies we as HIMs have acquired to enable us to be leaders in digital health. Anything is possible!

 

Board Update

We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Korean Accreditation Board for Health & Medical Information Management Education (KAHIME). This aligns with our strategy of “Developing partnerships with like-minded organisations” and we hope to see representatives from KAHIME here next year when we host the IFHIMA Congress. I’m also looking forward to hearing from our branches, committees and community of practices on the activities and initiatives that they aim to achieve this year as part of the strategic plan when we meet on Friday.

 

That’s all for now.

 

Onwards and upwards!

 

Cheens Lee

President

Email: cheensl@himaa.org.au 

Table of Contents
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From the CEO's desk

Jae Redden | CEO, HIMAA

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From the CEO's desk

Jae Redden | CEO, HIMAA

I trust you have settled into 2022 and had a safe and relaxing break over the festive season.

 

Our office was closed from 23 December 2021 to 6 January 2022. Some of the staff took the opportunity (including me) to take extra time, but we are all back as of late January and raring to go!

 

The 2022 HIMAA Conference will held at the Hilton Adelaide from 26 to 28 October 2022. Mark these dates in your diary!  The theme is Health Information Management: Keeping Health Information HumanPaper submissions are now open HERE, closing Monday 2 May 2022. We encourage you to put your paper forward. Please feel free to view past Conference Proceeding papers. If you have questions or require guidance about your proposed paper, please contact me and I will put you in touch with Joan Henderson, our Program Lead.

 

2022 HIMAA Conference Committee members are:

Chair – Jae Redden

Deputy Chair – Cheens Lee, President

Board Representative – Catherine Garvey

Responsibility: Program Development

Program Development Lead & Scientific Chair, Academic – Joan Henderson

Scientific Chair, Industry – Kathleen Rogers

Senior HIM, Coding Stream – Lesley Ward, Naomi Johnson (TBC)

Senior HIM, HIM Stream – Tanya Reid (TBC)

Branch Representative – Terry Seery 

HIMAA Representative – Lyn Williams

Responsibility: Marketing & Sponsorship

Marketing & Sponsorship Lead – Jae Redden

Marketing & Sponsorship Lead Deputy – Louise Edmond

Sponsorship Deputy – Andrea Gall

Marketing Deputy – Ivan Lam

HIMAA Representatives (as required) – Philida Chew, Brenda Chamroeun, Pat Verma

We have also formed the 2023 HIMAA Conference Committee. I am in discussion with Lorraine Fernandes, IFHIMA President as representatives from IFHIMA will be joining the Committee. They are excited to work with us and we are looking forward to kicking off the 2023 HIMAA Conference preparations in May 2022.

 

The 2023 HIMAA Conference Committee members are:

Chair – Jae Redden

Deputy Chair – President

Board Representative – Grant Duffill

Responsibility: Program Development

Program Development Lead & Scientific Chair, Academic – Joan Henderson

Scientific Chair, Industry – Kathleen Rogers

Senior HIM, Coding Stream – Cassie Rupnik

Senior HIM, HIM Stream – Trixie Kemp

Branch Representative – Danica Jong

HIMAA Representative – Lyn Williams

Responsibility: Marketing & Sponsorship

Marketing & Sponsorship Lead – Jae Redden

Sponsorship Deputy – Andrea Gall

Marketing Deputy – Tammy Kang

HIMAA Representatives (as required) – Philida Chew, Brenda Chamroeun, Pat Verma

 

I am thrilled to have the esteemed knowledge and enthusiasm from the Conference Committee members and confident we will bring you a program and experience that is not to be missed!

 

In this HIMAA Matters issue, you will see there is an Expression of Interest to join the HIM Week Taskforce. We have dropped Awareness from this annual fair because we would like to create more than an awareness for what our members and the profession contribute. The Taskforce will be led by members for members to generate ideas on what activities would be relevant and effective. The National Office will organise and implement these. I hope you will sign up and enjoy brainstorming fun ideas!

 

In the meantime, our Special Interest Group (renamed as Community of Practice) convenors have been working together reviewing and updating the Terms of Reference. They are a force to be reckoned with and I am looking forward to supporting and engaging with them through 2022. The KSA Clinical Coding CoP is also now up and running as well and it is wonderful to have our KSA members and colleagues working closer with HIMAA.

 

HLT50321 Diploma of Clinical Coding, which replaces 22274VIC Certificate IV in Clinical Classification, is open for enrolments, which close on 25 March 2022. Further details and the enrolment form can be found here.

 

Please keep a lookout for our announcements on HIMAA webinars. We are committed to bringing you two webinars and one free podcast a month. The podcasts are also housed in your membership portal. We will email the podcast to members as soon as it is available (first week of the month).

 

My key project and focus for 2022 is to implement a new membership software. I am looking to integrate systems to increase our efficiency while adding features and usability for members. I will provide more information as the project progresses. Needless to say,  I am very excited about this project!

 

I remain keen to work with you in leading HIMAA to serve the health information management profession. Please feel free to reach out to me to chat.

 

Keep safe. Be well.

 

Jae Redden

Chief Executive Officer

ceo@himaa.org.au

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HIMAAVIC Branch Update – Feb 2022

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