HIMAA eNewsletter No. 297 (November 2012)

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President’s Column

On behalf of the HIMAA Board, I extend to each and every one of you our very best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable time in your personal and professional endeavours over this Christmas and New Year period. May 2013 bring you much satisfaction, contentment and sense of purpose as you continue to contribute to the lives of those around you, whether at home, at work or in the community.

Thanks to each of you who have contributed to HIMAA in some way over the past year, we value your contribution.

Thank you for being a member of HIMAA, please continue to consider, provide feedback and initiate new ideas and suggestions for how the Association can continue to meet your needs as a health information management professional in 2013.

Sallyanne Wissmann
HIMAA President

CEO Column

  • Featured Product/Service
  • Retirement of Denise Johnston
  • Board Office Bearers 2012/2013
  • 17th IFHIMA Congress Montreal
  • Privacy Act Changes
  • Australian Health Informatics Summer School
  • Christmas Greetings

Featured Product/Service
Structured CMT and clinical coding courses in 2013.

Our next Structured Program will be open for enrolment on the 2nd January (closing on 22nd January). This program consists of two parts; Part 1 - Comprehensive Medical Terminology and Part 2 – HLTCC301B Produce Coded Clinical Data. The course content and assessment requirements are the same as our courses for Comprehensive Medical Terminology and HLTCC301B Produce Coded Clinical Data that are routinely scheduled throughout the year. The bonus is that the program is completed within 12 months instead of an average of 24 months. However, the study and assessment workload is heavy and consistent and the student and employer need to be committed to the program, and allow for a minimum of 8 hours of study per week during work time. This is in addition to the study required in the student’s own time. Numbers are limited and allocated in order of receipt of enrolment AND payment. The course commences on the 1st February 2013.

For further information visit our education web site, HERE.

Retirement of Denise Johnston

After a little over 16 years with HIMAA Denise Johnston retired on 5th December 2012. For many years Denise filled the position of Registrar, Education Services. More recently Denise was appointed to the role of Project Officer, RTO Project. Once HIMAA achieved accreditation as an RTO, in no small measure thanks to her hard work and determination, Denise was appointed to the position of Compliance Officer, which she held till her retirement. Denise has contributed significantly to what HIMAA is today and she can be rightly proud of this contribution.

On a personal level I would like to publicly thank Denise for her unstinting support and loyalty, and wish her a very happy and rewarding retirement.

Board Office Bearers 2012/2013

The HIMAA Board meeting on 6 Dec 12 ratified the following office bearers for 2012/2013:

  • President: Sallyanne Wissmann
  • Senior Vice President: Vicki Bennett
  • Junior Vice President: Janine Carter
  • Treasurer: Catherine Garvey

Other Board appointments/portfolio responsibilities will be determined in early 2013.

17th IFHIMA Congress Montreal

The Canadian Health Information Management Association is hosting the upcoming 17th Congress of the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) – May 13-15, 2013, Montréal, Québec, Canada.

The IFHIMA Congress brings together health information management and health informatics professionals from around the world. An international attendance of approximately 1,200 delegates is anticipated from approximately 19 countries.
This congress promises to engage and inform delegates by mobilizing the HIM voice and identifying global HIM trends in the areas of:

  • Electronic Health Information/Records
  • Emerging Roles and HIM Workforce Transformation
  • Data Quality
  • Privacy, Confidentiality and Access
  • Developing Countries’ Challenges, Achievements and Opportunities

This is an opportunity to come together and share experiences, best practices and discuss the future of the HIM profession as it continues to evolve with the ever-changing health care system.

Register online at http://www.ifhimacongress2013.com before February 28th, 2013 to take advantage of the Early Bird rate.

Privacy Act Changes

The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012 has passed Parliament, and is due to come into effect in March 2014. This Bill represents the biggest changes to the Privacy Act in over 20 years. The full media release is available on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner's (OAIC) website: www.oaic.gov.au/news/media_releases/media_release_121129_privacy_changes...

Australian Health Informatics Summer School

The University of Western Sydney is holding the third in its annual health informatics summer school series next February at 99 York St, Sydney NSW 2000.

The summer school consists of short courses in the week of February 4 to 8, 2013, each held as a full-day intensive workshop session.

The morning session will provide an introduction to the topic while the afternoon session will build on this with more advanced content.

Topics include:

  • Health informatics scope: basic concepts and principles
  • Recording health data: structure and representation
  • Using health information: clinical information systems
  • Improving clinical processes: systems and services
  • New models of care: integrated information systems.

The courses are aimed at clinical professionals such as doctors and nurses, healthcare administrators and support personnel, from clerical and managerial roles through to executives and policy makers, computing and information systems specialists and researchers and postgraduate students.

For more information and early bird prices, see the UWS School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics website.

Christmas Greetings

As this will be the last newsletter for 2012, I would like to thank all the members who have volunteered their time and effort in so many ways to make 2012 such a successful year for HIMAA.

I would also like to especially thank the staff of the HIMAA National Office for their support and dedication throughout the year. I consider myself very privileged to work with such a great team.

To all members and HIMAA National Office staff: may you have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.

Bob Blue


HIMAA: The First Fifty Years: 1949 - 1999
History of the Medical Record to the Health Information Management Profession in Australia by Professor Phyllis J. Watson, A.M.

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AUS: Medical students recruited to set up practices for ePIP

The National eHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA) is recruiting third-year medical students to assist general practices in Melbourne to register to participate in the PCEHR. Participants are due to attend a training session in Melbourne tomorrow and to work for the week of December 12 to 19, visiting general practices to help them register for the Healthcare Identifiers (HI) Service and provider registration for the PCEHR, both of which are necessary to receive payments under the new eHealth Practice Incentives Program (ePIP).

Pulse IT More...

USA: Brainstorming About the Future of Clinical Documentation

How are most inpatient progress notes documented in hospitals today? The intern writes a note that is often copied by the resident which is often copied by the attending which informs the consultants who may not agree with content. The chart is a largely unreadable and sometimes questionably useful document created via individual contributions and not by the consensus of the care team. The content is sometimes typed, sometimes dictated, sometimes templated, and sometimes cut/pasted. There must be a better way.

Health Care IT News More...

UK: Better access to patient records is essential to make the NHS a safer place

Paternalistic dogma that regards patient records as the property of doctors and institutions must be discarded to make way for shared personal health records.

The Guardian More...

USA: Study: Shorter hospital stays don't increase readmission rates.

On the surface, efforts to simultaneously improve healthcare quality and efficiency may appear at odds, but research published Dec. 18 in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggest that reduced hospital lengths of stay (LOS) correlate with lower readmission rates.

Clinical Innovation & Technology More...

USA: HIE and the patient privacy conundrum

When drawing up plans for Florida HIE, the folks building it made the decision to leave the data where it already resided: With the participants. “One of the issues is that Florida is a pretty conservative state and there was a lot of fear from the physicians that their data would be harvested and sold,” said Florida HIE program director Janet Hofmeister. “Generally, they feel strongly that the data is theirs, they want to keep control of it, and they don’t want people having the ability to share it without their consent.”

Government Health IT More...

AUS: Now Qld Health bungles e-health program

blog It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given the ongoing billion dollar disaster that is Queensland Health’s payroll systems overhaul, but news has emerged that the department is also suffering problems with its electronic health program, with the first two tranches of the initiative being at least two years late. The news comes care of a report published last week by the state’s long-suffering Auditor-General (PDF), who, it must be said, has seen this kind of thing many times before.

Delimiter More...


AUS: Phones become mobile medical labs

A SYSTEM that turns a smartphone into a mobile medical lab will let researchers cut data collection times from several months to just a few days. The system is designed to make heart rate research cheaper, portable and straightforward.

The Australian More...

USA: 6 health IT up-and-comers

Healthcare IT News has selected six up-and-coming health IT gurus who have made a name for themselves in the industry – all before their 30th birthday. These best and brightest show that in health IT, wisdom has little to do with age.

Healthcare IT News More...

Research and Development

EU: Putting patients in the driving seat: A digital future for healthcare

The European Commission has unveiled an Action Plan to address barriers to the full use of digital solutions in Europe's healthcare systems. The goal is to improve healthcare for the benefit of patients, give patients more control of their care and bring down costs. While patients and health professionals are enthusiastically using telehealth solutions and millions of Europeans have downloaded smartphone apps to keep track of their health and wellbeing, digital healthcare has yet to reap its great potential to improve healthcare and generate efficiency savings.

Europa Press Release More...

Business and Legal

AUS: New PBS computer system delayed

THE Department of Health and Ageing has flagged further delays to a new computer system for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme that will impact prescribers and dispensers, but not patients. The new IT system for the PBS, dubbed PharmCIS, replaces over 40 systems spanning nearly 20 years.

The Australian More...


The Australian Dictionary of Clinical Abbreviations, Acronyms and Symbols.
5th Edition.

HIMAA Australian Dictionary of Clinical Abbreviations, Acronyms and Symbols 5th edition is available as a paperback book or online version which can be accessed through a web browser.

The Australian Dictionary is the official reference for abbreviations throughout hospitals in several Area Health Services in New South Wales and other States of Australia. It establishes and maintains quality of information extracted from medical records which in turn affects the quality of data supplied to state health departments.

The online Australian Dictionary contains links to further reference material for all abbreviations and will be updated on a regular basis.

Member only sales: To order online click here.

Latest WorkWeb

  • WW4840 - Data Specialist - (Full-time) - Australian Health Service Alliance, Camberwell, Vic.

  • WW4839 - Clinical Coder - (Full Time) - Albury Wodonga Health, Wodonga, Vic.

  • WW4838 - Health Information Manager (HIM) - (Contract) - Vital Health Recruitment, Sydney, NSW.

  • WW4837 - Coding Auditor / Educator (Grade 3) - (Full Time) - Austin Health, Heidelberg, Vic.

  • WW4835 - Client Information Manager - (Full Time) - STARTTS, Carramar, NSW.

  • WW4834 - Health Information Managers - (Full Time/Part Time) - Vital Health Recruitment, Melbourne, Vic.

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  • Call for Abstracts - HISA BIG DATA Conference, Monday, 14 January 2013

  • 6th Australasian Workshop on Health Informatics and Knowledge Management (HIKM)
    Tuesday, 29 January 2013 (All day) - Friday, 1 February 2013.

  • 3rd Annual Australian Health Informatics Summer School, Monday, 4 February 2013 - Friday, 8 February 2013.

  • 4th Annual Clinical Documentation Coding & Analysis Conference. Monday, 18 February 2013 (All day) - Tuesday, 19 February 2013.

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HIMAA Endorsed Event

4th Annual Clinical Documentation Coding & Analysis Conference

Monday, 18 February 2013 - Tuesday, 19 February 2013 Location: Hilton on the Park Melbourne.

The roll-out of Activity Based Funding and the ongoing implementation of the national e-Health system continue to highlight the importance of ensuring the quality and quantity of clinical documentation, coding and analysis. IIR’s 4th Annual Clinical Documentation Coding & Analysis Conference will provide a forum for delegates to stay abreast of national initiatives, share project experiences and strategies at all levels within the health sector, and discuss solutions to common challenges.

A comprehensive conference program addressing:

  • Update on the implementation of Activity Based Funding in Australian public hospitals
  • ABF: Opportunities, risks and impacts on Health Information Management and Coding
  • Understanding SNOMED CT-AU: Its structure and how it differs from ICD10 AM
  • How does SNOMED CT-AU fit into the picture?


This well-established conference attracts a loyal audience of Chief Health Information Managers, HIM’s, Clinical Coders, Educators & Auditors, Data Quality Officers, Casemix Analysts and Senior Hospital Executives from right across the country.

Tel: +61 2 9080 4090
Booking Hotline: +61 2 9080 4090
Email: info@iir.com.au

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