Are you heading to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin next week? Then consider this your pre-conference pep talk.
“Rub shoulders with people who do what you do—from a wide cross section of organizations.” This advice comes straight from the team of successful health information management (HIM) professionals who are organizing and leading the 2016 WHIMA Conference.
The annual Wisconsin HIM conference will draw health information professionals from across the state, including a few familiar faces from the University of Wisconsin Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) program. More on that in a minute…
HIM on the road
The healthcare industry is changing fast—which inspired the “road” theme of the 2016 WHIMA Conference—and technology is largely responsible for the transformation. This means that demand for a highly skilled HIM workforce is growing rapidly, too, according to the WHIMA conference team.
What: 2016 WHIMA Conference
When: May 4-6, 2016
Where: Elkhart Lake, Wis.
“The HIM practice has moved beyond state boundaries and is now global with many opportunities for new roles and responsibilities in data analytics, data governance, and informatics,” the team says.
That sums up the focus of the conference, but the sessions, panels, and other presentations will cover a wide spectrum of topics that are categorized into three tracks:
- Main street (or, mainstream issues)
- Autobahn (or, fast-paced changes like health apps)
- Off-road (or, challenges such as cyber security threats)
Though the Wisconsin HIM conference is intended for heath information managers, data coordinators, reimbursement analysts, transcription supervisors, and coders, the conference welcomes anyone who has an interest in managing patient health information.
In a nutshell, there’s something for everyone—from novice to expert—and students are especially welcome at the event.
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Sneak peak at the UW HIMT presentations
Looking for a chance to chat in person with the staff of UW HIMT? You’ll get that chance next week! UW HIMT Program Manager Wil Limp will be at booth #117, and he’ll be joined by two faculty members and a course designer.
All four will be giving presentations during the week, so be sure not to miss them! Here are short descriptions of their talks.
HIMT program manager
Title: Different Jobs with the Skills We Already Have
Sometimes you don’t need new skills or more school to move up in health information management. Often times, HIM professionals have more opportunities available to them than they know—especially considering the emerging roles that are cropping up in the field.
At the WHIMA conference, Wil is hosting a panel discussion about the different career paths you can pursue with the skills and credentials you already have.
HIMT course designer
Title: EMRs and the Loss of the Narrative
Electronic medical records (EMRs) have revolutionized patient care and documentation. Medical providers can now rapidly click through and complete a tremendous amount of documentation on a patient visit, which links smoothly with other departments and units within the organization.
However, the documentation generated from a patient visit does not give satisfactory information about the patient or the provider’s interaction with the patient. This story—the heart of the patient visit—is lost when reading most EMR-generated notes. In his presentation, Bernard draws on his experience working as a trainer for providers using an EMR at a local healthcare organization to explain some of the reasons why we have lost this narrative and offer some thoughts on what can be done about it.
HIMT academic director and professor
Title: Harnessing Data to Improve Population Health
The widespread adoption of EMRs provides an exciting opportunity to begin monitoring population health in large geographic areas of the United States, even in real time. In his presentation, Dan describes his experiences monitoring health conditions, such as childhood obesity, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, and other diseases, using the Marshfield Clinic EMR—one of the oldest in the country.
HIMT academic director and professor
Title: Issues and Challenges in Post Acute Care
For more details about the upcoming conference, see the WHIMA Conference brochure. Find out more about the UW Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology by downloading the program guide on the right or speaking to an enrollment adviser. Call 1-877-895-3276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.