Health Information Management Students Attend Society Meeting
October 21, 2009
On September 17, the Medical Education Campus Health Information Management (HIM) students attended the monthly Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), National Capital Area chapter meeting in Rosslyn, Va. The invitation was extended by Professor Victor Eilenfield, who teaches the HIM 231 class and is a chapter member.
The focus of the meeting was the expanded role of states in fostering health information exchange and adoption of the electronic health record, initiatives under the HITECH Act, which is apart of President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The students had a chance to network with Ken Bodenheimer, the chapter’s president, Provost Brian Foley (MEC) and other members. They were also able to hear from guest speakers representing Mississippi, Delaware, Nebraska and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Each speaker gave a detailed report on the health information exchange systems implemented by their organizations and the lessons learned. It was a valuable experience and provided great insight for the students who are working toward careers in the health information industry. Eilenfield stated that he is considering another class trip to a chapter meeting as this one shed light on the challenges his students will be facing once they enter the HIM workforce.
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