Letter from the Editor


Welcome to the first issue of 2019. This issue was put together soon after the 2018 Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA)/ National Centre for Classification in Health (NCCH) Conference, which was held in Hobart from 31 October to 2 November 2018. The conference theme was ‘Health Information Management: Engaging the Next Generation’ and the presentations and conversations certainly inspired us for this issue of HIM-Interchange.

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Letter from the editor


Welcome to the third issue of 2018. I have been reading with interest the articles and commentary following the commencement of the ‘opt out’ period for the My Health Record. Much of the commentary, in the major media outlets at least, has been very quiet on the benefits of the My Health Record, of which there are many. The Consumer Health Forum (2018) is one of a number of organisations and peak bodies that are trying to bring attention to the potential benefits, urging consumers to recognise the substantial value electronic medical record systems can bring to the Australian healthcare system. Our professional association, the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) is another. HIMAA has released a joint statement along with the Health Informatics Society of Australia and the Australian College of Health Informatics (2018), endorsing the Australian and state and territory governments’ decision to implement an ‘opt out’ approach to the My Health Record.

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Letter from the Editor


Dear HIM-Interchange readersBy the time you are reading this issue, assuming you read HIM-Interchange as soon as it is published, we will be well into 2018 and Easter will be upon us. However, due to publication timelines I am writing my letter in the first week of January 2018. A time when we often reflect, plan for the year ahead, set goals, promise to do things more efficiently this year and generally make a fresh start. Consequently, the New Year is is a perfect time to unveil the new-look HIM-Interchange. I hope you like it.

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Letter from the Editor


Dear HIM-Interchange readers Welcome to the third Issue for 2017. I know many of you who have private health insurance will be familiar with that feeling you get when you receive your annual letter notifying you that your premium is increasing.According to the latest figures from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), nearly half of the Australian population (46.5%) have private hospital treatment cover, and over half (55.5%) have some form of private general treatment cover (APRA, 2017). During the March 2017 quarter, insurers benefits for 2.85 million days in hospital, arising from 1.10 million hospital episodes of care (APRA, 2017). With this volume of activity, the private health sector and its developments are of interest to us not just as consumers who have policies, pay premiums, and utilise private health care, but also as a profession.

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Letter from the Editor


Welcome to the second issue of 2017, and my first as Editor of HIM-Interchange. The issue has some interesting personalperspectives and the reports are very much “on trend”, covering a number of topics that are currently in the media and which are relevant to Health Information Managers (HIMs) everywhere.

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Introducing the new Editor of HIM-Interchange: Joanne Fitzgerald, Director, Classifications and Coding Standards, Independednt Hospital Pricing Authority


I am very honoured to accept the role of Editor of HIM-Interchange (HIM-I) and to be writing my first piece in the role of future Editor. I would like to personally thank Jennie Shepheard for her contribution to HIM-I. Jennie has given countless hours to producing the journal, sourcing and editing articles, and making improvements to the journal so that health information management professionals like me can continue to educate ourselves and showcase the work we do.

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Letter from the Editor


Dear HIM-Interchange readers This is my last letter to you! From our next issue Joanne Fitzgerald will be your Editor. Joanne has introduced herself in this issue (Fitzgerald, 2017) for those of you who don’t already know her. Those of you who do know Joanne will agree with me when I say that I am confident she will fulfil her role as Editor very capably. I am looking forward to seeing the journal progress under her leadership and to seeing how she puts her own stamp on its production. Please support Joanne with contributions to the journal!

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Letter from the Editor


The theme for this issue is Managing staff; Change management; Clinical coder in-house training; Professional development! There are some very big topics in this theme and while our contributions in this issue deal with some aspects of these, they don’t cover the full spectrum of health information management endeavour. Our guest editors Claire Pierce and Kate Horkings discuss management of clinical coding teams (Pierce and Horkings, 2016), while Lyn Williams (Williams, 2016), and Susan Claesson and Anne Elsworthy (Claesson and Elsworthy, 2016) cover changes to clinical coder training. However,contributions from hospital-based Clinical Coders (CCs) seem to be difficult to attract.

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