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With the everyday hustle and the ever-changing healthcare landscape, it can become easy to overlook those programs and teams who are constantly monitoring data, checking accuracy and ensuring vital patient information meets quality and compliance measures.  But the reality is that clinical data and the health information management (HIM) professionals who oversee just that have a critical job to do when it comes to information governance – an issue that can impact both individual patient care and  larger population health management.

In honor of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) 2013 conference at the end of the month, we’re highlighting five HIM and health IT thought leaders who are helping to address some of the key industry challenges:

  1. @Lynne_T_Gordon
  2. @Brian_Eastwood
  3. @SmyrnaGirl
  4. @techguy
  5. @MichellePaster

In addition to these thought leaders, we’ve also identified some must-see speaking sessions at AHIMA.  One of the key themes at AHIMA will be advancing the future of HIM and these experts offer speaking tracks that will help HIM leaders take the driver’s seat when it comes to spearheading an evolution in healthcare:

  1. Information Governance: A Special Discussion
  2. Clinical Language Understanding: Don’t Underestimate its Power
  3. Coders Learn Coding by Coding – How to Prepare Coders for ICD-10
  4. The Digital Omnivore: How to Effectively Leverage Smartphones, Tablets and Computers
  5. Preparing Physicians for the ICD-10 Transition: Philosophy, Approach & Methodology

 To see the full list of presenters, check out the AHIMA schedule and be sure to visit us at booth #1226!


Bonnie Cassidy

About Bonnie Cassidy

This was a contributed post by Bonnie Cassidy. Bonnie serves as the 2015 Chair of the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) Board of Directors, is a Fellow of AHIMA, an AHIMA Academy ICD-10-CM/PCS Certificate Holder and ICD-10 Ambassador, and a Fellow of HIMSS. Bonnie also served as the vice president of HIM product management & innovation at QuadraMed, and served as an executive with the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT), Ernst & Young and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Bonnie was the 2011 President/Chair of AHIMA, recipient of the 2014 AHIMA Distinguished Member Triumph Award and the 2015 (Georgia) GHIMA Distinguished Member Award. Bonnie received her graduate degree from Cleveland State University and her Bachelor’s Degree in HIM from Daemen College. Bonnie grew up in Buffalo, NY, lived in Cleveland, OH and has been a resident of Atlanta, GA for 17 years. She considers the Bills, the Browns and the Falcons her hometown teams.