President's Message - May/June 2014
It was wonderful to meet and talk to so
many attendees at our MdHIMA 84th Annual Meeting on
April 24-25th. I always enjoy this opportunity to meet
old friends, make new friends, hear great educational
and inspirational talks, and find out what new products
and resources are available for our jobs. I’d like to
give a special “Thank You” to our Annual Committee
members who worked so hard to bring this all together.
When I spoke at our business meeting, I talked
about the changes brought about by the advances of
technology in the health arena and how it is facing and
how it is impacting our profession. Traditional HIM
roles are being reorganized with fewer positions
remaining but other types of jobs are opening up where
our Health Information background and training play a
huge role in helping to ensure the delivery of great
healthcare. As we move into this new era, it is up to
each of us to continue acquiring the needed education
and skills to keep us in the forefront of this movement.
I know we can do it since I’ve seen how hard each one of
you has worked to get where you are today!
national level AHIMA is working hard to provide us with
the resources to do this. They recognize the costs
involved for us as individuals so are working to find
ways to help the state associations as well as
individual member’s resources that are affordable.
Within our own state association we have are also trying
to find ways to save money in order to provide you with
what you need to grow your career. Here are some things
to look for in the coming year: 1. Combined Annual
Meeting with the DC Association which will be held for
one day instead of two. This will enable us to share
costs and keep them at a lower more reasonable level for
our members. It will allow our vendors to also save
costs by coming to one meeting instead of two and,
hopefully, attract more vendors to our meeting. 2. Use
of webcasts so you don’t have to take off work. Sessions
will be recorded so you can also listen to the session
when it’s convenient for you. 3. Collaboration with
colleges and related IT and Heath groups like HIMMS to
help promote our profession, provide more opportunities
for internships and resources, and find ways to provide
more financial aid for those continuing their education.
I would like to take a moment to thank you all for
welcoming me into this wonderful profession when I made
a career change at mid-life. Also for your help whenever
I needed it, the opportunities you let about as I looked
for new challenges, and most of all for the wonderful
friendships I gained working in this great profession.
Here’s to all of you who have made my time in Health
Information such a memorable career.
Nabers, MBA, RHIA
President, MdHIMA 2013-2014