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Dear HIM-Interchange readers

Welcome to Issue 3 of 2021 and to another special edition, HIM-Interchange’s tenth anniversary. Thanks to the dedication of a long list of people who have contributed their time and writing skills, all of it unpaid and in addition to their day jobs, HIM-Interchange continues to grow and evolve.

In this special edition, we are fortunate to have contributions from three people who have been involved with HIM-Interchange since the beginning. Watson (2021), Bonello (2021) and Wood (2021) share their reflections on HIM-Interchange’s ten-year history and the health information management profession more broadly. All three authors contemplate how things have changed in the last ten years but also how relevant the themes from the first issue in 2011 still are today.

Other areas that continue to evolve are clinical coding and clinical documentation improvement (CDI), with two articles in this issue exploring these themes. Dimitropoulos et al (2021) share their final report on the results of the clinical coding practice survey they conducted in 2018. The report is a rich source of information on Clinical Coders’ (CC) views on everything from CDI, complexity of clinical coding, education, activity-based funding, and recognition and support for CCs. You might like to re-read the earlier report written by Dimitropoulos et al (2019), which contains further information on the survey results. Heard (2021) writes about the messaging around CDI and CDI programs, and tailoring these so the focus is not primarily on benefits associated with funding and reimbursement.

Sheehan et al (2021) discuss the process whereby associated causes of death are captured as part of mortality coding undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It is an interesting demonstration of how these data can be used to drive changes in policies and systems. If you are interested in knowing more about mortality coding, check out the article published in issue 1 of 2021 from Torrens et al (2021).

Lastly, enjoy reading about some of the Health Information Management Awareness Week 2021 activities (Walker et al 2021) organised by Health Information Managers in Queensland and a professional profile for a Health Information Manager in a non-traditional role (Bhatt 2021).

As you read through the articles in this issue, think about what you can contribute to HIM-Interchange, and become part of its history.

Enjoy the issue.


  • Bhatt V (2021) My journey as a non-traditional health information manager. HIM-Interchange 11(3).
  • Bonello K (2021) The HIM-Interchange journey from inception to the ten-year anniversary. HIM-Interchange 11(3).
  • Dimitropoulos V, Lean N, Butler-Henderson, K, Shepheard J (2019) Supporting Clinical Coders: future proofing the integrity of our clinically coded data. HIM-Interchange 9(1):17-24
  • Dimitropoulos V, Lean N, Butler-Henderson K, Shepheard J (2021) Supporting Clinical Coders: analysis of a free text survey question exploring practice issues reported by Australian Clinical Coders. HIM-Interchange 11(3).
  • Heard D (2021) Clinical documentation improvement engagement and education: tailoring stakeholder messaging. HIM-Interchange 11(3).
  • Sheehan K, Moran L, Torren E (2021) Coding associated causes of death and psychosocial risk factors as part of the National Mortality Dataset. HIM-Interchange 11(3).
  • Torren E, Moran L, Enyestone-Hinkins J (2021) Rapid reporting of mortality data during the COVID-19 pandemic. HIM-Interchange 11(1).
  • Walker S, Ramsden L, Thursfield R (2021) Celebrating Health Information Management Awareness Week in 2021. HIM-Interchange 11(3).
  • Watson P (2021) Communication: spreading our views and learning from each other. HIM-Interchange 11(3).
  • Wood M (2021) Happy anniversary – Ten years of HIM-Interchange. HIM-Interchange 11(3).


Joanne Fitzgerald