HIM PROFESSIONAL BRINGS SKILLS TO AMBULANCE SERVICE
By Chris Thorne Watanabe, RHIA
Editor’s Note: The following is a first-person account of an HIM professional embracing the “HIM without walls”
concept and working as a vice president at an emergency medical service company.
IN 2012 I responded to a blind ad looking
for someone with health information
management (HIM) credentials. While
I initially thought the position was for
one of our local hospitals, I later learned
it was for the Regional Emergency Medical
Services Authority (REMSA) in Reno, NV.
REMSA is a private, nonprofit ambulance
authority providing paramedic ambulance
services and emergency medical
helicopter services to Washoe County.
Working for an ambulance service
wasn’t my intended career path, but
the decision has turned out to be the
best career choice I’ve ever made.