So, the young woman looked through college catalogues and narrowed her pick to one with a program in medical record administration. And off to school she went.
Later, the dad laughed, she said, when the young woman called home from college, saying, “Dad, I can't believe they're making us learn all this stuff about computers. What do you think all that stuff is about?”
“Today that young girl is older and wiser and, of course, stands before you,” Thomas Gordon said. “Even though I don't touch patients or practice as a clinician, I do touch the lives of patients every day. And, boy, was my father right about job security.”
Gordon Thomas, who took over as AHIMA CEO late last month, said the healthcare IT industry will need to add an estimated 50,000 new workers a year to keep pace with new positions being created and to replace retirees.
The heath information management profession will be challenged by the conversion to ICD-10 codes in October 2013, or in “727 days, 15 hours and 12 minutes,” she said. “The people right here in this room cannot procrastinate,” she said. “That's because we must be the leaders to get this massive project done and done on time.”
There are also will be heightened needs for information brought on by the shift to new payment methods such as accountable care organizations, she said.
Gordon Thomas, who worked her way up from an entry level employee to her current position, a “job I never would have dreamed of when I started in the medical records department,” told AHIMA members, “You are not alone.”
“Anything and everything” members need to advance their careers and improve their professional skills, “AHIMA will be there to help you.”
More [email protected] Coverage