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Volume 9 | Issue 09 | Digital
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Catherine Garvey

President - HIMAA

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Catherine Garvey

President - HIMAA

President's Message

Well, the anticipation of attending the IFHIMA Congress/ HIMAA Conference and catching up with everyone was well worth it and realised with all its potential, and more.  With the expert and diligent curation of the Congress/ Conference Committee the programme offerings including 105 papers and 8 posters were presented by attendees representing 30 nationalities.  The energy and collegiality of the 500+ delegates and exhibitors were second to none.  The diversity of the programme had so much to offer, that careful planning of your sessions was essential!  It was the perfect combination of networking and shared learning.  A big thanks also to our international colleagues and IFHIMA Board for their support, impact and involvement in our conjoint success.

National and State awards for recognition of exceptional effort and contribution to the profession were announced during the Gala Dinner.  We extend our congratulations to Lorraine Van Gemert (South Australia) on being awarded HIMAA Life Membership and to all the National and State Practitioners of 2023 and their awards – thank you for all your hard work.  To see the chosen winners of these awards for 2023, refer to the article below or go to the HIMAA website.

The social and interactive sessions were received with gusto – so much so we had to add another table to the Gala Dinner, not to mention the Koala, such was the popularity.  There was no space left on the dance floor as we did our traditional Tina Turner dance moves for the ‘Nutbush’. And our DJ Aaron was nothing short of phenomenal! Dance moves, out of this world!

Congratulations to the Congress/ Conference Committee and especially to Dr Joan Henderson and Kathleen Rogers for the stewardship as Co-Chairs for Academic, Scientific and Industry representation as they retire from these roles and hand on the baton to Jenn Lee (Victoria) and Adele Visser (South Australia) in their respective new roles.  Plans for our next conference are already afoot.  Mark your calendar for 2024!

41st HIMAA Conference – Crown, Melbourne between Monday 28th to Wednesday 30th October 2023

We look forward to catching up again for another rich and contemporaneous programme of topics and thought-provoking subjects in 2024.  Have you an idea for a paper or a poster?  Step into advancing your profession!  Get ready to share your research or experience with your peers.  We look forward to seeing your abstracts early in 2024. 

Our Congress/Conference left me re-energised and optimistic for our profession but so too did the AI.Care 2023 conference, last week in Melbourne, which I had the good fortune to attend with Sallyanne.  Co-ordinated by the Australasian Institute of Digital Health it brought together a broad group of professionals, particularly clinicians, as a means to bring a collaboration of key stakeholders to consider the implications of AI in Health and Healthcare.  There are many implications for us.  One presentation was a trial of an AI-assisted clinical coding function.  Many presentations raised the matter of data, its quality, quantity and capture methodology and governance.  A space we know well.  Sallyanne and I had quite a number of questions and thoughts about how we position the profession in this space and what this means for us.  The Case for Change, presented by Sallyanne at the Congress/Conference, is a conversation very pertinent to this backdrop of technological advance.  Be sure to participate in the consultation paper that has now been released for comment.  We need to step out of our busy schedules for a short while and look to the horizon on these significant matters and questions.

Resulting from my participation in these two events and having recently, under HIMAA’s banner, provided feedback on draft standards relating to Digital Health Capability relating to the preparedness of the health workforce there are two roadmaps I want to draw your attention to as professionals whose core interest is health information, in the event that you had not been aware of them before.

The National Digital Health Capability Roadmap (2020), the associated The National Digital Health Capability Action Plan and A National Policy Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare (2023)

Closely aligned with being a profession in healthcare and also with matters of workforce and education concerns for the digital literacy and AI knowledge, we are at a point of time of significant change and challenge.  To paraphrase the latter document above, the advance of global investment in electronic medical records, low-cost access to computational power and storage, and deep learning technologies (e.g., generative AI and large language models) are driving the need for new skill sets and greater emphasis on health information, its governance and management. The author observes that AI is set to be our next “major disrupter, presenting opportunities and threats across all industries”.

So, I pose these questions to each of you, where are HIMs and Clinical Coders positioned now to be a voice and contributor of our skillset in this electronic health ecosystem?  What leadership is required of each of us in our own workplace and role?  What do you know about AI in your organisation?  Are you part of the conversations occurring with your clinical teams on discharge summary generation and other matters of data, metadata, consent? How do we meet the workforce demands effectively?  The optimism for our profession lies in its members drive and participation in matters in which we have a direct interest.  I’m curious to know how we, as a collective group of professionals, will add our voice to these major healthcare conversations.  Share your thoughts by contacting myself, Sallyanne or any of the Board members.  Join in our Committees, Working Groups, Communities of Practice and keep abreast of events impacting our profession.

On a more, business as usual note, our Annual General Meeting, held online this year, had 39 attendees, and the Board is preparing for our meeting on 12th December as our final meeting for 2023.  We are very pleased to announce Cassie Rupnik as elected to the Board for a 3-year term.  The Board extends their gratitude, appreciation and sincere thanks to Natasha Prasad, who stepped onto the Board as a Casual Director earlier this year, for sharing her time, insights, critical thinking and positive contribution to our discussions and decisions.

The roles on the Board were confirmed following the AGM, as follows:

Office Bearers for 2024:

  • President – Catherine Garvey
  • Senior Vice President – James Katte
  • Vice President – Kara Pollard
  • Treasurer – Shane Sanfilippo

Liaison positions / Committee roles:

  • Accreditation Council Board Liaison– James Katte
  • Branch Convenors Committee – Catherine Garvey
  • Conference Committee – Cassie Rupnik/ Catherine Garvey
  • Education Committee Board Liaison – Cassie Rupnik
    • CDI Working Party – Cassie Rupnik
    • Professional Development Sub-Committee – Kara Pollard
  • Finance, Audit & Risk Management Committee (FARM)– Shane Sanfilipo, James Katte, Louise Edmonds
  • Membership Committee Board Liaison – Kara Pollard
  • Research and Advisory Committee Board Liaison– Vicki Bennett

As this will be the last HIMAA Matters for 2023, on behalf of the Board I wish our staff, you, our members, and all your family, friends and colleagues a very Happy Christmas and a celebration of the opportunities and efforts of 2023 as it closes out on New Years Eve.  Have a safe and memorable holiday break.  See you in 2024!

The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority” Kenneth H Blanchard

Catherine Garvey, President

catherineg@himaa.org.au

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From the CEO's desk

Sallyanne Wissmann | CEO (Interim), HIMAA

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From the CEO's desk

Sallyanne Wissmann | CEO, HIMAA

The joint 20th IFHIMA Congress and 40th HIMAA Conference at the end of October was a fantastic opportunity for our profession and industry to connect, network, collaborate and learn.  Thank you to every person who attended, to those who presented, to those who had enquiring and open minds, to those who exhibited, to those who sponsored the event, and to those that worked behind the scenes to make the event happen.  To those who were unable to attend. or missed hearing some of the presentations, I encourage you to review the conference proceedings and follow up with presenters you are interested in.

This year our premier national health information and clinical coding event certainly attracted attention both during and after the event on social media, through our media partner, Pulse+IT and our international attendees.  Based on the positive and energised interaction of those who attended, our profession is well placed to leverage our strengths as we continue to adapt to the future.  We will continue to build on this momentum to plan and deliver an impactful and insightful national conference in October 2024 in Melbourne.

Hopefully this week you have seen the email from HIMAA on The Case for Change Consultation Paper.

In response to challenges facing the health information management profession, the HIMAA Board has commissioned the Case for Change Consultation Paper. The purpose of this consultation paper is to gain feedback and consensus from health information management professionals, educators, and industry on the challenges facing the health information management profession in Australia and subsequently the professional association, HIMAA, which represents the profession. Your feedback is invited to determine the accuracy and support for the Case for Change.

In the first quarter of 2024, the Case for Change will be finalised and an Action Plan to address the challenges will be circulated for consultation and finalisation.  This is an important time in the profession’s history as we seek to address the challenges and barriers facing the profession, and seek to continue to be valued and valuable into the future.

Feedback on the Consultation Paper is invited from HIMAA members and other interested individuals and parties.  Please circulate it to others to comment on who are not HIMAA members.

To provide feedback as an individual, please complete the survey by Friday 22nd December.

To provide feedback as an organisation, please email your feedback to ceo@himaa.org.au.

I look forward to reviewing the feedback and having further conversations with a number of you.

Thank you to the members of HIMAA’s Clinical Coder Community of Practice who prepared HIMAA’s response to IHACPA’s Development of ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS Thirteenth Edition and AR-DRG Version 12.0 Consultation Paper.  The response can be viewed here.

As we close out the year, HIMAA’s staff and members pay special tribute to Lyn Williams, HIMAA’s Director Education Services who is retiring after 16 years with HIMAA, and previous roles in health information management. Lyn has significantly contributed to the maturing of clinical coder education in Australia and has positively influenced and impacted many individuals on their coding learning journey. We wish Lyn all the very best in her retirement. Lyn has provided a reflection piece further in HIMAA Matters. 

The HIMAA team is available to support you up until Wednesday 20th December when HIMAA operations, including Education Services, will close until Monday 8th January.  Myself and the team look forward to continuing to serve you in 2024.

Sallyanne, CEO

ceo@himaa.org.au

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