Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Shelton State Community College will join the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to honor and celebrate health information professionals during the 29th annual Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week, March 18-24, 2018. This year’s theme is, “Our Future is Bright.”
Shelton State’s Health Information Technology (HIT) program will celebrate Health Professionals Week with ice cream socials on the Martin and Fredd Campuses. Monday through Thursday, ice cream socials will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Martin Campus socials will be held in the Atrium, and Fredd Campus socials will be held in Building 100. Distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, the ice cream socials are free and open to the public.
“It’s a transformational time for healthcare, and health information is at the heart of this transformation,” said Lou Ann Wiedemann, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CHDA, FAHIMA, interim senior vice president, member services. “In the midst of all this change, positive opportunities are being created. Health information management professionals understand clinical and financial data as well as information governance and data management—all tools that can help reward value, lower cost, and make the healthcare experience better for patients. It is a great time to be in the HIM profession, and we believe our future is bright.”
HIP Week 2018 will coincide with AHIMA’s Advocacy Summit and Hill Day, events where AHIMA members receive education specific to advocacy and visit Capitol Hill to share the importance of advancing HIM. Information governance and privacy and security continue to be key issues for HIM professionals; AHIMA will continue to provide guidance to the healthcare industry and government leaders seeking expertise and counsel.
For more information about Shelton State’s HIT program, visit sheltonstate.edu. Follow the social media hashtag #HIPWEEK18 to see how organizations across the U.S. celebrate HIP Week.