2020 – 2021 Incoming President’s Message
It is a special honor and privilege to serve as the Maryland Health Information Management Association (MdHIMA) president for the 2020-2021 year. It is a humbling, though somewhat intimidating, experience to follow in the footsteps of so many superb leaders. There is no greater, nor more important, time to be part of our vibrant health information management association. I am certain that you will find value, purpose and unequalled opportunities for professional growth by being an active member in MdHIMA. As an active member of the association, you can also look forward to having fun and making long-lasting professional relationships in the process.
With the continued changing healthcare landscape and, along with that, the health information management profession, we must, as leaders, remain engaged in newer areas such as health informatics and data analytics. We are regularly presented with new opportunities and must embrace technological advances as leaders to guide the organizations we work for and with into new realms to meet the future demands in healthcare and the ways we manage health information.
I look forward to working with the outstanding members of MdHIMA, our executive board and committee chairs to reach new heights while continuing to work hard ensuring our members remain engaged and knowledgeable in critical areas of HIM. Some of the areas I would like MdHIMA to focus on this year include:
- establishing mentoring programs for our student members and others new to the profession;
- increasing our social media presence to attract new members while encouraging other long-time members to actively participate in events;
- awarding our first Master’s degree level scholarship; and
- continuing all of the important, outstanding programs currently promoted through various MdHIMA members and committees.
I am looking forward to seeing (or virtually ‘hearing’) each and every one of our members at our events throughout the year while we strive to make this a meaningful and memorable year.
Tricia Coffey, RHIA, CPHIMS, CPHI