As I sit here and think about the many things I have to be thankful for, MSHIMA comes to my mind. As I look back over the many years I have been a part of this amazing organization and cannot help but think of the people that have touched my life. I will save those thank-yous until the end of my term, but I would like each of you to know how vital you are for the success of our profession and our association.
When looking to the future, we have many changes coming. I had mentioned in previous articles that AHIMA has taken a pause to re-evaluate our path. They sent out some information earlier in the month giving us some idea of the direction we will be traveling in the future.
AHIMA will make two pivots with the first being in 2019. The short-term focus will be on our current strengths while exploring growth opportunities to lead AHIMA toward renewal of the association. The second long-term pivot will be to lay the foundation for innovation and greater impact within the healthcare ecosystem by 2022. One way this will happen is by directing our focus to more productive service lines such as Coding, Clinical Documentation Improvement, AHIMA World Congress Advocacy, Certification/Credentialing, Privacy/Security, Higher Education, Membership Periodicals and Convention. Service lines that will be discontinued are Information Governance, Data Analytics (in its current form), Informatics, Standards and Consumer Engagement.
As you can see, there will be big changes and we are still not sure exactly how all of this will play out in the future. We hope this will help us bring into focus a vision and a path that will help AHIMA stay on the forefront in the healthcare field.
As always, thank you for your continued support and dedication to our profession. I wish you the best and hope your holidays are filled with love, joy, family and friends. Remember to always look for the best in every situation and strive to help be a guiding light for moving into the future. God bless you all and know you may reach out to me at any time!
Lorie B Mills, RHIT, CCS