The 18th International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) Congress was held in Tokyo, Japan, from Wednesday 12 October to Friday 14 October 2016. The Congress was attended by approximately 240 registrants, including 30 Australians, representing 47 countries. Speakers presented on topics of contemporary significance within the international scope of health information management.
Deborah Green, Executive Vice-President and Chief of Global Innovation at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), delivered the day-long workshop Evolving and Emerging Workforce Roles in Health Information at the HIMSS Asia Pacific Singapore e-Health Innovations Summit on the 8 October 2016. The objective of the workshop was to examine the changes in healthcare that impact on Health Information Managers (HIMs) and Clinical Coders (CCs), how HIMs and CCs can position themselves to take advantage of changing workforce career opportunities, and the AHIMA certification program. This captivating workshop was timely, given the rate at which digital transformations and health reforms are occurring globally. This article summarises the career opportunities identified in the workshop.
This conference was advertised in the IFHIMA newsletter. I decided that as I was already on this side of the world, I would like to attend and support a developing health information management association. Therefore I submitted a paper, which was accepted, and consequently I packed my bags. The National Maternity Hospital in Ireland, where I was working at the time, very kindly supported my registration.