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President's Message - November 2014

Summer has gone and fall has begun. I hope that everyone had a wonderful summer and were able to travel somewhere awesome and/or experience something great. Summer sure does fly by as do our busy days as HIM professionals tackling new challenges and having the ability to evolve as the pathways of our profession change.

Let’s start with Tele-medicine. What makes up the Legal Medical Record for Tele-medicine? How do we regulate treatment over the phone, video or even by photos on someone’s personal mobile device? How do we code these “visits” and from what documentation? These are some of the questions brought up at AHIMA’s House of Delegates meeting in San Diego. AHIMA asked us: What trends do we see in 5-10 years with Tele-Medicine? Who should be responsible for regulating this practice? Until then what do we do? As HIM professionals we will be faced with these questions and challenges with the void of established rules & guidelines. Our expertise and training will guide us on how to proceed when faced with the unknown.

Our profession has expanded; HIM is no longer surrounded by walls and we need to think outside of the box and evolve with the times. The Healthcare world is full of exciting changes where HIM professionals need to be involved and have a seat at the decision making table.

I encourage everyone to get involved as much as possible and to keep abreast of these changes. If you would like to be more involved with MdHIMA, please reach out to me. I encourage you to attend the MdHIMA Quarterly Business meetings and the Annual Meeting to get the local taste of what is happening around you.

This year the Annual meeting will be combined with DCHIMA which will give all of the members the opportunity to network, be exposed to what’s happening in our Nation’s Capital, and have top notch speakers. The meeting will be a one day event, at a new location where we can combine forces as neighboring associations.

We have an exciting year ahead of us and I look forward to meeting many of you and hearing your valuable feedback.

Sarah Allinson, RHIA, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
President, MdHIMA 2014-2015