Hello to all my fellow MeHIMA supporters. What a year we have ahead of us…with the leaders you have voted into office this year, we are encouraged and excited to work with everyone in the coming year to build a stronger and more dynamic association.

Congratulations to the following board members who represent you at the state level for 2016-2017:

Past President: Jennifer Curry
President: Linda Pooler
President Elect: Michelle Edwards
Secretary: Gena Roderick
Treasurer: Cindy Greathouse
Director: Kim Gray
Director: Jennifer Abbott
Nominating: Rosanne Young
Nominating: Barbara Marchelletta

Appointed Committee Chairs:

Data & Reimbursement: Wendy Pelletier
Legislative: Sheri Conley / Jennifer Abbott
Program & Arrangements: Rosanne Young / Elizabeth Sheridan
Public Relations: Rhonda Edgecomb
Awards & Tuition: Jennifer Curry
Bylaws: Michelle Edwards
Finance: Cindy Greathouse
Nominating: Renee O’Neill

The new Board of Directors was sworn into office at the MeHIMA Annual Conference on September 23rd at Pine Land Farms in New Gloucester. Please visit the MeHIMA website for contact information on each of these board members. We are here to represent you.

AHIMA Convention 2016

During the week of October 15-19th, Michelle Edwards (President Elect) and I attended the AHIMA Convention 2016 in Baltimore Maryland. It was both my pleasure and honor to represent MeHIMA at this National level. It was an amazing event and we came back full of ideas, information and motivation.

Our first event at the convention was the House of Delegates (HoD) on Sunday. If you have ever had the opportunity to attend one of these astounding AHIMA Conventions (highly recommended), you can appreciate the fact that we made it on time for MOST of the events and educational sessions in spite of the distances between them…these convention centers are unbelievably huge.

The HoD had 5 Breakout sessions:

Communication in the HoD
This session identified opportunities to ensure optimum communication and engagement for HoD activities. The goal is to ensure communication occurs between the speaker and delegates; maintaining the message with bi-directional flow. Suggestions from this break out session were on how to create a dashboard of items that would be discussed in the HoD with key points and outcomes noted.

Multigenerational workforce
This session was aimed at how to ensure that understanding what opportunities are emerging and how HIM activities will be performed in the multigenerational workforce we are living in. There was brainstorming with the HoD on how to bring these different generations together as a profession so that it is relevant to all.

Patient-Generated Health Data (PGHD)
This session focused on how to brainstorm and gain understanding on how to ensure the accuracy of information being utilized in the health record. We need to identify opportunities to ensure security of mobile applications from an HIM perspective.

HIM Reimagined
This future focused initiative proposed bold recommendations to ensure the continued relevance of the HIM profession in the rapidly changing health care environment. Discussion was on the idea of how to make the technical HIM professional level associate degree more focused or specialized, bringing awareness to the employer community that associate degree, HIM Professionals, have a deep knowledge in a specific area of HIM practice (example: privacy, auditing, coding, data analysis, etc.)

Regulatory Impact on the profession
This session shared suggestions and insight (brainstorming) on how the HoD, CSA and members can advance advocacy efforts for AHIMA and the profession.

The HoD leaders heard the delegates loud and clear on the dissatisfaction of the fact that we do not get a vote on how the AHIMA HoD process unfolds. They do receive our recommendations and take it back for discussion and at that level decide on behalf of the membership how to move or change or introduce change for the Association. The key points and ideas from the above sessions will be discussed at the National Committee level and we will hear more on each of these throughout the year.

MeHIMA BOD Meeting

The new MeHIMA Board of Directors held our first “face to face” BOD meeting on October 28th, at Inland Hospital in Waterville. The goal of this first meeting was to be sure the transition of the incoming and outgoing members shared the tools and information they need to carry out their new duties. This will be a year of changes and restructuring as we look at all the committee goals and purposes. We will be putting together a calendar of events with deadlines so we can all easily track what the next steps need to be to keep us organized, realign time lines/deadlines and keep us moving forward.

Discussions were focused on the following:

  • Changing the time frames of the conferences
    • having a 2 day Annual Conference in June, instead of in the Fall
    • having a 2 day Fall Conference in September (before AHIMA Convention)
  • Realigning the elections with the fiscal year again.
  • Reorganizing what committees we have and might need for the future
  • Updating the bylaws and standing rules.
  • Begin planning for the budget for the upcoming fiscal year

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns about MeHIMA. It is always a pleasure to hear from you! Visit our website for updates and events as they unfold…

Best wishes to everyone and safe travels during the upcoming holidays!

Linda Pooler, RHIT
MeHIMA President








Michelle Edwards and Linda Pooler – we found the State of Maine Flag at the HoD