The time has come! The 2016 AHIMA Convention and Exhibit has arrived and is in full swing right now in Charm City, and we hope you’re getting the most out of this outstanding event. This year’s theme is “Inspire Big Thinking to Launch our Future,” and we’ve definitely seen this to be an important message so far in this year’s event as we look forward to the increasing changes we’re seeing in the healthcare world.

If you don’t have it on your schedule while you’re here, be sure not to miss out on the dynamic group of guest speakers AHIMA is offering during the General Session programs. This year’s speakers are leaders in their field who will provide great insight as they convey their ideas by sharing personal stories, demonstrating the everyday connection to the work of health information professionals. And don’t forget, Elsevier will be hosting a networking breakfast Tuesday, Oct 18th 7am-8am! Enjoy breakfast on us, while learning how to overcome CDI resistance.

Monday, October 17

Andrew Gettinger, MD – 2016 Government Update
ONC Chief Medical Information Officer Dr. Gettinger is the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) and the Executive Director of the Office of Clinical Quality and Safety.

Laurie Garrett – Health 2016: Understanding the Zika Virus Today

Laurie is a Pulitzer, Polk and Peabody award winning journalist who will speak on global public health and the emerging Zika virus. She is a Senior Fellow for Global Health Council on Foreign Relations Author, Lecturer, Policy.

Laila Ali, World Champion Boxer and Television Personality – “Having a Relative with a Chronic Illness”

Hear how Laila’s story about how she faced the greatest challenge in anyone’s life as she shares her inspiring story on balancing a busy life and high profile career while supporting a relative during a difficult time.


Tuesday, October 18

Luminary Healthcare Panel

Led by moderator Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA and AHIMA CEO. The audience will benefit from this session by gaining a glimpse into the future of healthcare from different perspectives and relationships with related disciplines. Panelists: Robin Wiener, President & Founding Partner, Get Real Health; Jennifer Covich Bordenick, CEO, eHealth Initiative; Dr. Susan Turney, MD, MS, FACMPE, FACP CEO, Marshfield Clinic Health System.

Implementing IG: Three Success Stories

Led by moderator Kathy Downing, MA, RHIA, CHPS, PMP Sr. Director, Information Governance, AHIMA. Panelists: Sally Beahan, RHIA, MHA, Director, Health Information Management, UW Medicine; Kathering Lusk, Chief Health Information Management and Exchange Officer, Children’s Health System of Texas; and Jami Woebkenberg, MHIM, RHIA, Director, AZ West HIMS Service Center.

AHIMA Foundation Thought Leaders Series

Emily Stover DeRocco, Principal, E3 Engage Educate Employ


Wednesday, October 19

Dr. Bennet Omalu – “Concussion: Trauma in Sports”

As chronicled in the film Concussion (starring Will Smith), Dr. Bennet Omalu’s story is one of great triumph in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, as he was the first to diagnose chronic brain damage in NFL athletes.

Lesley Stahl, Legendary Broadcast Journalist and Co-Editor of 60 Minutes

Head Trauma Panel Moderator

 Captain Mark Kelly and Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords 

“A Launch of Courage”

As you can see, AHIMA has once again promised a great event full of pertinent information and interesting guest speakers. Take advantage while you’re here! And come stop by Booth #413 to say hi and see how Elsevier can help your organization.

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