Sunday, January 25, 2009

AHDI Leadership Institute – Call for Instructors

The AHDI Leadership Institute will kick off its third year of providing training and mentoring in leadership skills development in the spring of this year. The following courses are in need of new instructors with education and experience in these areas:

Public Speaking
Component Management
Industry Trends and Drivers

If you have the qualifications and an interest in serving AHDI members and the industry in this volunteer capacity, please contact Lea Sims, CMT, AHDI-F, LI Coordinator, by Friday, January 30, 2009. This position would not require candidates to develop curricula for these courses, and previous instructor’s materials will be provided to orient new instructors to these roles.

TEPR 2009 – AHDI and MTIA Member Special Offering

This February, the TEPR+ Conference (February 1-5, Palm Springs CA), will hold a special program focused on how the changing world of healthcare will impact stakeholders throughout healthcare – including the medical transcription industry, both its practitioners and its business owners. To that end, MRI is offering MTIA and AHDI members a 50% discount off regular registration rates, courtesy of AAMT’s former CEO, Claudia Tessier, who is now Vice President of Medical Records Institute – TEPR’s sponsoring organization. Join us for this special session on Thursday:

EMRs and Medical Transcription: The Benefits of Cooperation
Medical transcription continues to be a multi-billion dollar industry even as EMR adoption is growing slowly but steadily. Join key industry leaders at TEPR+ 2009 on Thursday, February 5, to explore their intersecting factors and their current and potential impact on one another and throughout healthcare. Chaired by: George Catuogno, President, Sten-Tel Inc. and Claudia Tessier RHIA, Vice President, Medical Records Institute, and former CEO, American Association for Medical Transcription.

Co-moderators will be joined by
Rob Marsh, Vice President, Business Development, Nightingale
Mark R. Anderson, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, CEO, AC Group, Inc.
Nick van Terheyden, MD Chief Medical Officer, M*Modal
Raul Kivatinetz, President, AssistMed, and
Robin Daigh, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, MD-IT.

Other Conference Highlights:

EMR Boot Camp 101 Tutorial – free to all registrants
Health Care: The Next Bubble - Alan Greene, MD
AMA View - Joseph Heyman, Chairman of the Board of the American Medical Association

*AHDI/MTIA member discount valid for full conference registration and Thursday-only registration

Click here to register. AHDI and MTIA members must use this link to access discount rates.

Love Our Planet. Plant a Tree.

In keeping with our Go Green strategy for 2009, AHDI is adopting The Arbor Day Foundation as this year's philanthropy project. Nothing can make a greater impact on our planet and our natural resources than replenishing our national forests. Join AHDI in supporting this worthwhile organization this year. How can you get involved? Join The Arbor Day Foundation for $10 (6 months) or $15 (12 months). For your membership, the Foundation will plant 10 trees in a national forest in your honor. You will also receive 10 trees to plant in your own yard, the Foundation's bimonthly newsletter, and discounts on other trees and plants for your yard.
Plant a tree in honor or memory of a loved one on Arbor Day - April 24, 2009. Notify AHDI when you join the Foundation so that we can track how many trees have been planted by AHDI members in 2009! To find out more about The Arbor Day Foundation and its projects, including its ongoing Rainforest Rescue programs, visit their website at

Educational Programs Seek Cutting-edge Tools: Adopt Benchmark KB

The need to position industry students in the right stream of professional information is prompting many MT educational programs to turn to Benchmark KB as a one-stop resource for research data that is critical to performing in today’s documentation sector and to keeping up with the ever-changing arena of clinical language. Just last month, Career Step, the nation’s largest provider of transcription training, announced its adoption of Benchmark KB, recognizing the advantage that integrating such a resource solution at the educational level will provide to students of programs who adopt it. Career Step joins other top-notch MT programs, like Oak Horizons, CanScribe Career Centre, Vancouver MT Community College, Andrews & Holbrook, Sheridan Technical College, and TRS Institute in providing the knowledge base, and the important electronic membership in AHDI that comes with it, to their students. A job-ready workforce continues to be the mutual goal of these programs and AHDI, whose contributions to Benchmark KB are driven by the need to put the very best resources in the hands of the future professionals of the industry. Learn more about Benchmark KB here.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Find Us on Facebook!

Have you discovered Facebook yet? Already on it? Get connected to AHDI information and members through this dynamic, interactive online community. Facebook is free to join, and after a simple registration process, you are ready to get connected. After you register, simply search for the group “AHDI Members on Facebook” to join and stay connected to discussions and information. The news feed on your Facebook home page will alert you to new group posts, including events, discussions, and updates. When you join the group, we’ll send you a “Proud Member of AHDI” flair button to post on your virtual corkboard.

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