Eight Predictions for ’ 18
Advocates of the “art” of palm reading will tell you
that the results of a reading aren’t set in stone. A
palm reading enthusiast writing for the publication
Mic says, “Anything that you read from your palms
is only a potential future that you CAN change if you have the
desire and believe in yourself.”
This palm reader’s advice isn’t terribly different than what
AHIMA’s information governance consultants, IGAdvisors,
would tell you after completing an Information Governance
Adoption Model TM (IGAM) assessment. Once a facility takes the
time to figure out where they are falling short in terms of infor-
mation governance (IG), AHIMA has developed a comprehen-
sive program to help secure an organization’s information.
In a recent IG survey conducted by AHIMA that polled 1,500
healthcare professionals, 53 percent of respondents said they
have IG practices in place or recognize the need for IG. Additionally, 14 percent of respondents have initiated an organization-wide IG program, and 18 percent have IG-related projects underway. Now that AHIMA has made strides in building
awareness for what IG is, providers can get down to the nitty
gritty of doing IG.
Kathy Downing, MA, RHIA, CHPS, PMP, AHIMA’s vice president of informatics, IG, and standards, says in 2018 enterprise-wide retention policies will still cause problems for providers.
“There are huge issues in the legacy system space creating
cyber[security] issues constantly,” Downing says. “For example,
if you have a legacy system and the vendor is no longer in business, no longer ‘supporting’ that software, then when a security patch is issued you can’t take the patch, therefore exposing
yourself to cyber threat constantly,” she says.
Downing is also hearing from organizations that have data analytics and informatics tools, but are still having issues with data
quality. A tell-tale sign that an organization is struggling with
data quality is if chief medical information officers or department heads stop asking for reports from various departments
because they know they’ll be getting bad information. Starting
an IG program can help improve this, Downing says.
“Or the users of the information like the CMIO and department heads get reports and they ‘know’ they can’t trust the data
so they stop asking or stop using the reports to make the important business decisions necessary to succeed and continue to be
agile and competitive,” Downing says.
Education and Workforce
Oneiromancy, or interpreting dreams to predict
the future, has ancient origins, from sources as
diverse as the Bible and ancient Japanese and
Yet, notice the way humans talk about dreams—particularly
hopefulness about the future. More often than not, these dreams
are tied to educational goals. For the last several years AHIMA
has asked committees to work on HIM curriculum changes intended to move the HIM profession into the future.
Julie A. Shay, MBA-HIN, RHIA, HIM program director and associate professor at Santa Fe College, has been very involved in
the development of HIM Reimagined (HIMR), an AHIMA initiative that provides guidance on how to take the newly updated HIM competencies and use them in the profession to help
students prepare for the “new” HIM of the future, centering on
newer areas of specialization.
Shay says there has been a flurry of HIMR activity that will continue to shape education in 2018. “Currently, we are preparing
for an open comment period in January 2018 based on what the
group(s) have proposed to be HIM CORE and specializations,
[with] implementation to take place after AOE 2018,” Shay says.
HIMR’s ambitions go well beyond 2018. “AHIMA has done due
diligence in identifying the skills that the industry is currently
looking for, but more importantly, what skills the industry will
be looking for in the future,” Shay says.
Desla Mancilla, DHA, RHIA, vice president of academic and
certification services at AHIMA, notes three education and
workforce priorities for 2018:
Upskilling existing practitioners for more advanced roles
in data analytics and informatics
Preparing academic faculty to teach higher-level content
in data analytics
Revising curriculum to ensure students are prepared to
meet workplace needs
“Upskilling” means adding or upgrading skills to be ready for
the job market. For HIM professionals—both HIM students and
existing HIM practitioners—this means acquiring more data
analytics and informatics skills. “For instance, I’ve taught nu-
merous data analytics workshops for HIM practitioners that are
looking to advance their skills in this space,” says David Marc,
PhD, CHDA, assistant professor and health informatics gradu-
ate programming director at the College of St. Scholastica.