2020 House of Delegates Recap: Transformation Continues Despite Challenges

Christine A. Williams, RHIABy Christine Williams, RHIA
It has been an honor to lead the 2020 AHIMA House of Delegates (HOD). Thank you, delegates, for giving me this opportunity to serve. How could any of us have imagined the type of year that we have had? When I reflect on this year and October’s first virtual annual AHIMA HOD meeting, so many words come to mind: innovative, inspiring, and hopeful.
At the 2019 HOD Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, I remarked how the shortest but most memorable part of the butterfly’s lifespan is the actual butterfly phase. To me, this phase represents the journey and success, but it also represents the need for rebirth and appreciation for the journey. We can’t get stuck in one phase. We must continue our transformation and remain agile in the industry. I look forward to seeing how the House will continue to transform in 2021.
Two Call to Action Sessions
The first call to action session was about the professional enhancement campaign and advocating for the profession. Delegates furthered their understanding of the campaign and the tools available to help them become champions and advocates for their communities.
The second call to action session was on the Patient Matching Naming Policy, where delegates gained knowledge on AHIMA’s recommended naming policy—why it’s important, and how to champion it within their CSAs for education and organizational adoption. Health information professionals are asked to pledge to advocate and educate members and other key stakeholders on the importance of naming policies in healthcare organizations. Individuals can sign the pledge here.
A more thorough breakdown of the HOD activities can be found on Engage, while revisions to the bylaws can be found online in AHIMA’s Body of Knowledge.
I am impressed and appreciative of the hard work and engagement all delegates provided for this meeting, and throughout the year. We have accomplished much despite the uncertainties of 2020. I know that the 2021 Speaker of the HOD, Aurae Beidler, MHA, RHIA, CHC, CHPS, will build on the great work we have done this year and will lead the HOD with a clear and innovative vision going forward—one that challenges us to be agile and transformational leaders. Beidler will work alongside our incoming speaker-elect, Jeannine Cain, MSHI, RHIA, CPHI, as well as the chair for the House leadership team, Laura Shue, MPA, CHDA, CPHIMS, and the chair for the Envisioning Collaborative Team, Melany Merryman, MSL, RHIA. They will continue to champion the AHIMA mission and vision through the work of the delegates and CSAs.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you in this role. I look forward to continuing on this journey with you as we lead and transform healthcare.
Christine Williams (christine.williams@ahima.org) is the document integrity manager at UW Health.

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