March 20, 2017
Health Information Professionals Week Promotes ‘Leading the Way to Quality Data’ During 28th Annual Celebration
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) will honor and celebrate health information professionals during the 28th annual Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week March 26–April 1, 2017. This year’s theme is “Leading the way to quality data.”
“In order for health care to meet the Triple Aim of improving care, reducing costs and improving population health, we need to analyze and use data effectively,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, FACHE, CAE, FAHIMA. “During AHIMA’s Health Information Professionals Week, our goal is to raise awareness that health information management professionals are the best equipped to understand health data and turn information into knowledge that powers better decision making.”
HIP Week 2017 will coincide with AHIMA’s Leader Symposium and Hill Day, events where AHIMA members receive education specific to advocacy and visit Capitol Hill to share the importance of advancing HIM. Information governance, privacy, security, and consumer empowerment continue to be key issues for HIM professionals; AHIMA will continue to provide guidance to the health care industry and government leaders seeking expertise and counsel.
“HIM professionals understand the volumes of health data and information being generated, and they know how to manage it and what it is saying,” said Thomas Gordon. “This year’s HIP Week theme reflects AHIMA’s vision of leading the way to improving health through trusted information.”
During HIP Week, health information professionals will engage in focused activities in their organizations and the community to raise awareness of the important work they perform. Some of the activities include lunch and learns, displays in facility lobbies and lunchrooms, tours for elected officials, community seminars and local media coverage. Facilities may recognize the accomplishments of their HIM team during HIP Week.
Information can be used as an asset to benefit health care organizations, to improve performance and improve patient health. Achieving aims such as improving cost, quality, and population health depends on the ability to turn data into knowledge. With the theme of “Leading the way to quality data,” AHIMA reiterates its belief in the necessity of leading the industry to quality data.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) represents more than 103,000 health information professionals in the United States and around the world. AHIMA is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA is advancing informatics, data analytics, and information governance to achieve the goal of providing expertise to ensure trusted information for health care. www.ahima.org