Saturday, April 19, 2014

2014 AHDI National Leadership Board Elections

The NLB candidates for this year's election will be announced very soon, along with the dates and times of our Meet the Candidates webinars, so stay tuned!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Book of Style Development Team—Call for Volunteers

AHDI is issuing a call for volunteers to serve on a development team for the next iteration of the Book of Style. Volunteers should be very familiar with The Book of Style for Medical Transcription, 3rd edition, and will discuss layout, current content, and trending topics for potential inclusion. The development team should be comprised of professionals of varying backgrounds, knowledge, and experience with regard to styles and standards, health information management, and technologies such as NLP and EHRs. Volunteers should be available for biweekly/monthly meetings, as decided by the group; provide input and feedback; and conduct research as necessary.

Interested parties should email Kristin Wall ( by April 30 with name, credentials, biographical information to include pertinent knowledge and experience that you can contribute to this project, and why you would like to serve on the Book of Style Development Team.

2014 AHDI Integrity Awards Nominations—Last Chance!

Every one of us knows someone who has made a professional impact over the last year. Be a proactive colleague and take the time to nominate that person or organization for one of the AHDI Integrity Awards. AHDI’s Integrity Awards program is designed to shine a spotlight on those individuals, organizations, and volunteer groups who are truly making a difference in our industry. Not only does this recognition program impact the individuals who are nominated and chosen for these awards, but it generates visibility around best practices and drives recognition of our industry in a public way. Take the time to nominate today.

  • Hall of Fame Award
  • Employer of the Year Award
  • Membership Impact Award
  • Rising Star Award
  • Excellence in Credentialing Award
  • Innovation through Technology Award
  • Educator of the Year Award
  • Advocate of the Year Award

Nominations should be submitted electronically and are due no later than Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Nominees will be notified of nomination after committee vote and winners will be announced at the Integrity Awards session at the 36th AHDI Healthcare Documentation Integrity Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit the AHDI Integrity Awards page for more information.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Word from Your National Leadership Board

At the NLB meeting on Wednesday, 4/9/14, the Board had its own "debate" about The Great Debate topics to be presented and discussed at the Healthcare Documentation Integrity Conference in July. We had a lively, interactive conversation about which topics would serve our attendees the best and be most interesting and beneficial. In the end, these are the topics we decided on:

Book of Style: Obsolete or Awesome?
QA of Clinician-Created Documentation: Luxury or Necessity?
Healthcare Documentation Entrepreneurs: Go For It or Forget About It?

We're calling all attendees to put your thinking caps on ahead of time and help make this year's Great Debate the best so far! Read more.

President’s Address—The Beauty of Boring

The other day my son and I went to Denny’s for dinner. We ordered our food and within seconds of the waitress walking away from the table, my son was asking to play a game on my phone. “But I’m bored!” he whined, when I told him no. I rolled my eyes as I tried to remember the last time I said I was bored, and then I thought wistfully of how glorious it would feel to not have anything on the to-do list for a few minutes. It seems that these days our brains are conditioned to want to be doing something all the time, regardless of whether the activity is worthwhile or not. Read more.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

From the Library: Keyboarding Techniques for Fast and Efficient SRT Editing

This presentation will cover keyboard shortcuts in MS Word and Word-based speech recognition editing platforms. Learn little-known keystrokes and techniques that will make editing effortless and efficient, including tips on creating editing macros and remapping shortcut keys that will supercharge your keyboard. Increase productivity, efficiency, and your income with these fun, clever approaches to editing.

Visit the Online Learning Library to download this recorded webinar presentation (valid login required; available to AHDI Individual Professional members only).

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

10 Roles for Healthcare Documentation Specialists

AHDI has published a flyer featuring 10 roles that healthcare documentation specialists are qualified to perform in the EHR. The flyer includes a section presenting the value proposition of the workforce and briefly summarizes the Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist (CHDS) body of knowledge to give employers a quick snapshot of the breadth of knowledge a CHDS brings to the table.

AHDI began circulating this material at HIMSS14 and we will continue to reach out to employers to share it. We encourage you to download the flyer to use as a tool to position yourself and your talent in the ever-changing healthcare marketplace and circulate it to your professional network.

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