Happy New Year

Happy New 2024!

On behalf of your 2023-2024 HIMAH Board, we sincerely hope you have a Happy New Year and had an awesome holiday season filled with fun, laughter, and quality time with family and friends.

Our theme for this year and the upcoming 2024 Conference is Member Alliance & Sustainable Success. As we all move forward as a professional community post pandemic, it is important to me and to the board to have membership involvement in this state association. We also want to explore and plan a F2F event. This first time we are back together in this way since 2019! We are excited to have a great educational and networking session currently being planned for March 2024 on the island of Hawaii.

We also are seeking your input in the form of a membership survey. Please read on for more information.

Membership Survey

Hopefully, you have seen the notification and request to complete the 2024 Membership Survey. The nine questions of this survey will help us make decisions as a board. Our focus is on being effective and our theme – Member Alliance & Sustainable Success. This year the board is offering events that will continue to bring us together both virtually and face-to-face to fellowship, network, and provide educational opportunities.

Upcoming Educational Event

We are planning an educational face-to-face on the island of Hawaii. The focus at this meeting will be on meeting the board members, board updates, and presentations related to the topic of Revenue Cycle Management (RCM). The RCM presentations will provide at last one continuing educational unit for those in attendance. The will be a free event for HIMAH members.

Preview of the 2024 HIMAH Annual Conference

We are planning our Annual Conference; the theme is Member Alliance and Sustainable Success. It will be accessible online via recordings. Speaker topics range from Servant Leader, Revenue Cycle Management, Communication Skills, Security & PHI, to Overcoming Overwhelm, Debridement Coding, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare. At a minimum, we plan to offer at least 20 CEUs in this virtual format. We hope that you are excited for this on-demand learning event!

Let’s Get to Know More About Our President-Elect, Patrice M. Jackson, RHIA, RHIT, CHP, CCS, FAHIMA

Question –  What is your current HIM role?
Answer: I am a private consultant, and I am the Program Director for the Health Information Technology (HIT) Program at the University of Hawaii, Leeward Community College.

Question – What drew you to working in the HIM field?
Answer: I was awarded a scholarship for either Medical Records Management or Construction Management. I liked forms so I picked Medical Records Management, The rest is by luck and being in the right place at the right time.

Question – What value do you find in AHIMA and HIMAH membership?
Answer: Networking and one-stop shop for HIM information.

Question – What are you excited about for your upcoming term as HIMAH Board president?
Answer: Getting to serve the members of Hawaii. This year the board has taken major steps to bring the organization back post-pandemic. Next year, I’d like to take it up a notch. I look forward to getting all of our members involved in some way that is meaningful for each of you.

Question – What do you like to do in your spare time?
Answer: I love my family and friends. I like getting together. I’m a foodie and love the idea of wine tastings but in small doses. I like to paint.

Question – What is your favorite location in Hawaii?
Answer: Wow. I can’t pick one. Our city is pretty. But I like the country too. I stay on O’ahu for the options of town and country but I love all the natural beauty, people, and cultures. I am particularly drawn to our host culture of Hawaii as my children and grandchildren identify as native Hawaiians, Samoans, and Māori.

Question – What is your favorite spot to eat at on O’ahu?
Answer: I’m a foodie! But I like several. Morton’s, L7L, Akasaka, Assagio’s, Haleiwa Joes – in Haleiwa, Giovani’s, 7 Brothers – out in Laie, and Panda Express. I’ve never met a food truck that I didn’t like. I have become a pretty good cook too, so my dining room is always the place to gather. I hope we all get to break bread together in the next several years.

Mahalo nui loa for reading this eblast. Take good care and we hope to talk to you again soon either online or maybe in person! Need to contact the board, please reach out via this link.

Lynette Williamson, Ed.D., MBA, RHIA, CCS, CPC, FAHIMA
President 2023-2024 HIMAH