Thursday, September 17, 2009

Speech Recognition Editing Online Course—NEW!

When used in conjunction with properly trained medical transcription editors, speech recognition technology (SRT) has proven its worth by lowering healthcare costs and providing faster turn-around times. The technology serves as a bridge to the electronic health record by offering a familiar and efficient method of data entry to the medical community. The need for qualified SRT editors is expected to increase in correlation with the growing healthcare demands of an aging population.

In partnership with TRSi and 3M, and with the contributions of a volunteer workgroup comprised of SRT developers, MT managers and supervisors, educators and practicing medical transcription professionals from around the country, the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) has developed the first of its kind speech recognition editing course which will:

* Assist the practicing MT to confidently make the transition from standard transcription production worker to successful SRT knowledge-based worker.
* Provide medical transcription schools and programs an option to broaden their curriculum.
* Offer employers an excellent training opportunity for their workforce.

Click here for more information and to enroll in the next open session.

Health Story Project Q3 Business Update Webcast

Please join us for an interactive Q3 Health Story Project Business Update webinar. The executive committee has a dynamic agenda planned to provide a progress update and plans related to development and promotion of data standards that support the Health Story vision in which all of the clinical information required for good patient care, administration, reporting and research is readily available electronically, including information from narrative documents, thus supporting a comprehensive electronic clinical record that tells a patient’s complete health story.

This webinar is being held Wednesday, September 30, 2009, from 9:00-10:00 AM Central. Register here. Please contact Joy Kuhl, MBA, CPF, if you are interested in an update yet unable to make the webinar.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Power of 10 Facebook Challenge

AHDI is issuing a fun "challenge" to all Facebook members and AHDI Facebook fans. Donate $10 to the Power of 10 campaign through our Facebook Cause: Support the AHDI Power of 10 Campaign. By donating to our Facebook cause, you could be the lucky winner of an AHDI educational CD! For every 10th donation of $10, AHDI will give away a great credit-worthy product, so log in to Facebook, become a fan of our Power of 10 cause, and donate your $10 today. Note: This challenge applies only to donations received through Facebook and not to donations received through other avenues. Promotionals and challenges to other member groups will be forthcoming. Challenge runs from 9/10 to 10/10 of 2009.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

AHDI Announces Newly Elected Leaders

AHDI is proud to announce these newly elected directors, who will serve from 2010-2012:

Sherry Doggett
Brett McCutcheon, CMT, AHDI-F
Lisa Johnson Williams, CMT, AHDI-F

We are also happy to announce the Speaker-elect for the House of Delegates for 2009:

Chad Sines, AHDI-F

Thank you, elected leaders and candidates, for your commitment to excellence and support of the Association through advocacy, standards-setting, and education. Thank you, AHDI members, who took the time to cast your votes and help to shape the future of the association and industry. On behalf of AHDI members, board of directors and staff, we congratulate you!

ADVANCE Salary Survey - Please Participate!

Each year ADVANCE for HIM conducts a salary survey of targeted HIM professionals, including medical tanscriptionists and editors. AHDI encourages all members and industry colleagues to participate in the survey to help provide all stakeholders in our sector with credible data on compensation, wages, and work settings. The survey seeks information about salary, work setting (on site vs at home), job specialty, education, and benefits. To take the ADVANCE Salary Survey today.

AHDI-West Hosting Technology Webinars to Support Power of 10 Campaign

We’re ready! Are you?

“Power of 10” Technology Webinars

As most of you know, AHDI has launched a year-long campaign to raise a minimum of $100,000 ($10 from 10,000 MTs) by the end of 2010. This is an effort to support our association’s advocacy efforts in Washington, DC. AHDI has hired a lobbying firm, who is working to ensure our sector is well represented in the healthcare reform criteria, standards for EHR systems, and workforce development in allied health. There is definitely power in numbers.

On behalf of ALL AHDI components, AHDI-West will host a technology webinar once a month, beginning in September 2009 and extending through December 2010 (total of 16 sessions). Each webinar will be focused on various aspects of technology in our industry, featuring a variety of vendors who will provide an education overview. The webinars will be 1.5 hours in length, including 60 minutes of education/instruction and 30 minutes of Q&A, qualify for AHDI-approved CEC opportunities for registrants (either MT Tools or Technology & Workplace). The fee for each of the 16 webinars will be $10 (for all registrants). All sessions will be recorded (with the permission of the presenters) and available for download if members are not able to attend the live presentation. Each download will also cost $10 for All proceeds will be sent to AHDI earmarked for the AHDI Power of 10 campaign.

The first Power of 10 Technology webinar will be Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 2:00-3:30 PM PST.

Topic: The Health Story Project
Presenter: Laura Bryan, CMT, AHDI-F, AHDI 2009 Advocate of the Year & AHDI representative on the HSP since January 2007.
AHDI CEC Approval: 1.5 TW (Technology & Workplace) credits

We are capturing where attendees heard about the webinars and which components they belong to. Every month we will celebrate who has brought in the most attendees per webinar. Spread the word to EVERYONE who has ANYTHING to do with healthcare documentation. This is a great opportunity to follow up with your legislators or introduce yourself to more of them, and invite them to this webinar.
Go to to register for the webinars.

Spread the news!! Promote this to your members and “future” AHDI or MTIA members.