At the American Health Information Management Association's annual conference in Orlando, Fla., in September, there was a lot of talk about meaningful use, ICD-10, data analytics and reporting, and other information technology and process changes that will significantly challenge HIM professionals in coming years.
Ask Kim Bussie, director of revenue cycle health information services at Washington-based Howard University Hospital what is the biggest challenge HIM professionals face and she'll point out the rapid change from information management to informatics. The industry is starting to see more HIM pros going back to school to bone up on informatics, she says. But too many of their peers aren't grasping the formal education that will be required in the near future, she laments.
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