To My Fellow HIM Professionals,

Summer has come to an end and the fall season is upon us. It is also the end of the first quarter of the new MaHIMA year. The first three months of my term as your President have been very busy and as a result of many hours by many volunteers, much has been accomplished! 

During the summer, members of the MaHIMA board attended the AHIMA Leadership meeting in Chicago and the MaHIMA Board meeting where we received training on MaHIMA job functions.  The MaHIMA Executive board members will be attending the upcoming AHIMA House of Delegates, held prior to the AHIMA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. There are five major topics for discussions: Leadership/Professional Development, Future of the House, Consumer Engagement, HIM Reimagined (HIMR) and The Offshoring of Coding.  I hope to have some exciting information to share in the next newsletter and at the Winter meeting. 

Our MaHIMA board met on August 31, 2017 and we started our focus on the strategic goals for the year and beyond. Information Governance (IG) is one of our strategic goals and MaHIMA is seeking your input.  IG is an area where many struggle but much can be accomplished if we work together as a team to better understand the issues and to share our thoughts with each other.  We are committed to promoting and supporting the strategic goals for MaHIMA and we will continue to reach out to you for your support, feedback, and assistance.  

In the next five to ten years we are likely to see drastic changes in the HIM profession.  In preparation, MaHIMA is developing a taskforce to help identify areas within the profession facing the most potential changes and develop skills training workshops to help prepare our members to meet the challenges.  AHIMA has created a list and we plan to identify job roles that may be unique to the New England region.

The MaHIMA Fall meeting was held on September 15, 2017 with many in attendance.  Some of the topics covered were Cyber security, ICD-10 code updates, and an Information Governance (IG) panel discussion.  A major take away for me, was learning about the risks of cyber-attacks and that the best way to minimize risk is through staff training.  The afternoon ended with a session on Data Security. With the events in the news and the recent major breaches, this topic was very timely.  

Planning for the Western Mass meeting scheduled on October 27, and the Dot Wagg meeting on November 3, are well underway and I encourage you to plan to attend.  We have several upcoming coding workshops and webinars including Coders to Coders (C2C). The Education Committee welcomes your input on agenda topics that would be of most interest to you. 

Planning for the Annual Meeting Committee has begun and we welcome your suggestions for topics and great speakers.  We are seeking additional members for the planning, vendor and hospitality committees.  Your input will help ensure we have another successful Annual Meeting. Contact Elisa at info@mahima.org.

Our Communications Committee continues to look for ways to share information with members and increase knowledge of issues affecting our association, our profession, and our industry.  Our new Stay Connected newsletter is being launched this week.  I hope you will find it of value.

My heart goes out to our members who have families and friends who were affected by the recent national weather disasters and the awful events in Las Vegas.  May there be a swift recovery for all.  

I look forward to seeing you at future meetings.  You are welcome to contact me at: diana.lindo@childrens.harvard.edu

Best wishes for a great fall season!

Diana Lindo, MM, RHIT, CCS, President, MaHIMA