By Wylecia Wiggs Harris
At the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), we are in the business of changing lives.
Health information management (HIM) professionals play a vital role in delivering quality healthcare to the public as they manage important health data and information. Our annual conference brings these professionals together to discuss key issues in HIM that impact patients nationwide. AHIMA19 is the latest installment in our association’s transformation to be a leading force for change in healthcare, as we stand proudly and boldly beside our new platform, “WE ARE AHIMA.”
Thousands of HIM professionals from across the country will join us in Chicago for this year’s gathering, AHIMA19: Health Data and Information Conference, September 14-18, as we move forward with our mission of empowering people to impact health.
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This year’s conference allows us to showcase our mission, live out our vision, and to do so in fresh and exciting ways that highlight the best, brightest, and most innovative in our field.
AHIMA represents 52 states and more than 103,000 health information professionals in the U.S. and around the world. We’ll welcome thousands of industry innovators, government leaders and healthcare experts to convene for the largest gathering of the HIM profession.
As the CEO of AHIMA, I am especially proud to lead at this critical juncture where opportunity meets innovation, propelling us ever closer to our vision of transforming health and healthcare by connecting people, systems and ideas. And our conference allows us to showcase what we do best - change lives.
The power of trusted health information to change lives
During our general sessions, you’ll hear from Doug Lindsay, the man who was bedridden for 11 years before inventing a surgery and assembling a team to cure his condition. Yes, cure his condition. Lindsay, whose story was reported by CNN this summer, will share his gripping personal testimony of unyielding courage, perseverance and how access to medical information changed his life.
You’ll also hear from transformational thought leaders like Dr. Patrice Harris, the first woman of color to lead the American Medical Association (AMA) as president. Dr. Harris, along with AMA’s past president, Dr. David Barbe, now VP of regional operations at Mercy Springfield, will shed light on the AMA’s Opioid Task Force and its recommendations for physicians and policymakers.
Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, will share her powerful story of bravery in flight and what it takes to be successful, despite challenge or resistance. Having flown worldwide, Lohrenz will offer her first-hand knowledge of the importance of accuracy and the catastrophic results when errors occur. And Alexandra Mugge, Deputy Chief Health Informatics Officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), will further enlighten us about the importance of connectivity and in particular, the Patient Access Initiative and CMS’s work toward interoperability.