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Volume 8 | Issue 08 | Digital
Cheens Lee
Cheens Lee

President - HIMAA

Cheens Lee
Cheens Lee

President - HIMAA

President's Report

Presidents Report – February 2024

Well may you ask, what is this meant to represent?

Chaos Theory visualisation

It may only be me and my workplace this week, but this ‘random picture’ is a representation of the Chaos Theory* and, to all intents and purposes, what my work calendar looked like these past few weeks!  As one does, I quickly reflected on the Chaos Theory*, refreshing my meagre, basic understanding of physics.

Chaos Theory explanationSource: https://www.bethbonness.com/blog/chaos-theory

There are distinct parallels with the theory description in context of being part of a Professional Association, and more precisely being a Board Director, searching for the best means to effectively lead and support our members in achieving our goals and aims at both personal and organisational levels.  The complex health environment in which we all work, regardless of the name and nature of our spectrum of positions, is as sensitive to the unpredictability of factors as ‘Lorenz’s butterfly’ to the weather.

Three key dynamics are distilled by B Bonness, in her research, which holds true for all of us, and particularly as a Professional Association…

Key dynamics list

And so, it is for HIMAA where we have a very full list of transformation, relationships and participation going on in the flurry of unpredictability we all face.

One such event, last week, saw Sallyanne represent HIMAA as we participated in the first of an annual “Information Awareness Week” collaboration with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA), the Global Data Management Community (DAMA), the National Archives of Australia (NAA) and the Records and Information Management Practitioners Association (RIMPA) in a roundtable panel discussion on “Are we surfing or sinking? Riding the waves of Information Management”.

Information Awareness

Not surprisingly, many of the questions raised and issues discussed within HIMAA have the same significance for our colleagues, in this collaboration, as they do for us; the changing role titles to keep abreast of digital/ electronic evolution; feeling like a minority voice; the appropriate skill set, education and subject matter expertise; the providence of records; migration standards; diminished trust and ethics in information management in the world of AI; value is the reverse of risk!  Obligations and controls in a regulated environment help keep our experience in focus, which in turn helps reign in the unpredictability factor as evolve in our respective organisations.  The return-on-investment and recouping of benefits with a strong business case cannot be underestimated.  Nor too, challenging our own defensiveness (amidst the unpredictability) and being open to new ways of working.  See also Cassie Findley’s 2017 article “Participatory cultures, trust technologies and decentralisation: Innovation opportunities for recordkeeping.” for an interesting read.

With these thoughts in mind, HIMAA Management and the Board will meet again on 9th April and will continue the progress of a White Paper to advance our Case for Change analysis and future direction. Our many portfolios are progressing steadily under the steady hand of our Chairs and Board Liaison.  Some of these were highlighted in our first Board Town Hall 2024 meeting on 6th March.

The Board was delighted to see so many members join our Teams session. 43 members attended the Webinar, the recording of which can be viewed by clicking the below link:

Town Hall Webinar Recording

I encourage you to watch it. In a nutshell, we shared how HIMAA is investing in a new Learning Management System to enhance student experience and expand our range of offerings. We have several new staff joining the team to enhance our HIM Profession offerings, content management of our clinical coding material, events and marketing, as well as Karin’s recent arrival as our new Executive Support Officer.  Kara and Sallyanne shared an update on our Membership Committee actions and their recent participation with the Associations Forum summit addressing membership through a different type of lens. 

Our Clinical Coding Summit is gearing up to have significant contributions from key stakeholders across the spectrum of topics relating to clinical coding workforce matters. See details below:

Workforce Coding Summit Ad

We have several Branch Convenors changing over in the next couple of months.  If you are interested in this aspect of your profession, reach out to Sallyanne for an Expression of Interest form should the opportunity come up in your State/ Territory.

I know your Convenors really do value the collaboration, assistance and contribution from their local members and I encourage everyone to participate in the events they organise, on your behalf.

And of course, a reminder regarding the creation of abstracts, posters, and workshop ideas for our conference later this year.  Registration is expected to open mid-April.

There’s also an extension to Abstract submission. Closing date is now 23:59hrs on 2nd April 2024, after the Easter weekend.

“You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.” – Winston Churchill

IHACPA have also recently released their National Efficient Price and National Efficient Cost Determinations (see link) for 2024-25 and are keen for feedback on their Work Program and Corporate Plan for 2024-25, with a close date of 23:59hrs on 17th April 2024.

Sincerest thanks to the generosity of our members in all their contributions as part of our Communities of Practice, Committees, Work Groups, Branches, and the many positive ways you give back to your colleagues and peers in our HIM profession. 

This collegiate interaction expresses our incorporation of B Bonness’s 3 key dynamics! 

As Easter fast approaches, on behalf of the Board, I wish you, your family, friends, and workplace a safe and happy celebration of this inspirational occasion, offering a great opportunity to relax and enjoy those things that recharge you.

Catherine Garvey

President

catherineg@himaa.org.au

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From the CEO's desk
From the CEO's desk

Jae Redden | CEO, HIMAA

From the CEO's desk

From the CEO's desk

Jae Redden | CEO, HIMAA

Hello All, 

There are exciting times ahead!

Firstly, the National Clinical Coding Workforce Summit

Workforce Coding Summit Ad

Initiated by the Board in response to the current and emerging challenges facing the Clinical Coding workforce, which many of you confirmed in the recent Case for Change Consultation Paper feedback, HIMAA’s National Coding Workforce Summit is an unparalleled opportunity to do something about the challenges facing the important clinical coding function and workforce.  Designed to have a broad range of stakeholders in attendance, including our members interested in this area, the broader clinical coding workforce, government, and industry, I strongly encourage you to commit to attending.  While there is an online attendance option to be as inclusive and accessible as possible, the ability to engage with the speakers will only be possible in person.

 Deloitte are sponsoring the event in recognition of the importance of determining, preparing for, and embracing the future of clinical coding from a national perspective, as they are hearing in their health executive engagements.  Deloitte have recently undertaken significant work for Queensland Health in relation to the clinical coding workforce which they will be reporting at the Summit.  Senior health, education and finance advisors from Deloitte will be speaking at the event to provoke thought on the future of clinical coding.

AI and clinical coding were identified as the number one challenge and concern impacting the clinical coding workforce in the recent Case for Change Consultation feedback.  As a result, the Summit will hear from senior representatives from Microsoft, Accenture, and 3M on what these companies are seeing in the market, what they are being asked for by clients, and where they see the future of AI and clinical coding.  This is anticipated to be the first formal conversation about AI and clinical coding, with HIMAA planning future industry engagement to lead the development of requirements for AI and clinical coding.

For the first time, attendees will hear from every State and Territory, and the private sector, on what their current and future plans are for the clinical coding workforce, as well as from our national agencies on the ever-changing classification and funding environments, including what the future of coding with ICD11 will look like and require.

We have the speakers in the room and would be delighted if you would join us to help shape the future of clinical coding.  This is a dialogue that needs multiple perspectives and input as we progress through this journey of change together.

 Speakers include:

  • Shaun Drummond, Partner in Financial Advisory, Deloitte speaking on the impact of health care change
  • Anne Elsworthy, Director Acute Care Classifications, IHACPA speaking on the future of activity-based funding
  • Michael Frost, Group Head, Primary Healthcare, Information Standards and Communications Group, AIHW speaking on the future of ICD-11
  • Dr Simon Kos, Chief Medical Officer ANZ, Microsoft speaking on emerging innovations
  • Dalibor Ivkovic, Managing Director, Technology Lead, Data and AI, Accenture Australia and New Zealand speaking on emerging innovations
  • Brian Mitchell, Asia Area Leader, Health Information Systems, 3M Health Care speaking on emerging innovations
  • Representatives from all state and territory health jurisdictions and the private sector speaking on the current and future needs and plans for the clinical coding workforce
  • Duncan Ellis, Director in Financial Advisory, Deloitte speaking on innovations in education
  • Mary-Ellen Wetherspoon, Director Clinical Coding Education Services, HIMAA speaking on the work-ready entry-level clinical coder
  • Sallyanne Wissmann, CEO, HIMAA speaking on clinical coding workforce requirements
  • Cameron Abbott, Director in Financial Advisory, Deloitte concluding where we are heading and the next steps to prepare for the future of clinical coding in Australia

 Register today, for the 2024 HIMAA WORKFORCE SUMMIT and if you have registered for on-line and can now attend in person, let us know and we will assist with changing your registration.

The Case for Change Next Steps

Change graphic

After synthesizing the feedback from the Case for Change Consultation Paper together with the HIMAA Leadership Workshop from December, I am currently designing an approach to how to effectively address the key challenges facing the health information management profession. More details will be shared soon after further consultation with the HIMAA Board.

 

2024 National Health Information Management Conference – 28th-30th October

Are you coming?  Is it in your calendar? Have you submitted an abstract?  I am expecting to see you at this year’s conference from 28th-30th October in Melbourne.  This year’s conference will be a critical opportunity for conversation as we progress the key challenges facing the profession and promote and celebrate the excellent and innovative ways you are adapting to and applying your expertise to meet the evolving needs of the health sector.   We have given you the Easter long weekend to put any final abstract submissions together and I look forward to seeing your name in the list of submitters! 

HIMAA Education Services Transformation

I am pleased to report that we have commenced a transformation of our education service offerings to provide a better experience for students, improve learning outcomes, and to easily respond to the need for new courses and education support. 

The transformation involves moving to a new learning and student management system that will improve the experience for students and educators, transforming our training material into a variety of e-learning formats, re-assessing course durations and content, appointing a Learning Content Manager, and offering new education products. 

To ensure the best possible outcome for our current and future students, we are cancelling upcoming enrolment intakes between now and 30th June, however from 1 July we will be ready to meet all your training needs, particularly for clinical coding. Refer to more details in Mary-Ellen’s article on ‘Currency, Credentials and Experience’ and watch this space!

In closing, my involvement in the recent Information Awareness Week roundtable with ALIA, ASA, DAMA, NAA and RIMPA, as reported by Catherine, was a great opportunity to assimilate the world of health information management with our colleagues managing and governing data, information and records in other industries.  This is just one opportunity of many to be an association that collaborates, partners with, and learns from others.

As the Easter weekend approaches, I wish you a restful, relaxing, and reflective long weekend.

See you at the Summit!

 Sallyanne

A reminder that I welcome your input and feedback at any time to ceo@himaa.org.au or 0403898403 

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