PHIMA e-Alert — May 06, 2022

2022 PHIMA Conference Recap

It was amazing to come together IN-PERSON for the 84th PHIMA Annual Conference in Lancaster.  With over 200 registrants, 20 exhibitors and engaging and knowledgeable speakers, it was a wonderful opportunity to learn, connect and celebrate.  PHIMA would like to thank the registrants, exhibitors and speakers for their participation and enthusiasm.

Our conference kicked off with our keynote speaker Preethi Fernando who shared information about emotional intelligence and how to reconnect after social distancing.  Tracks and educational sessions included topics such as capturing social determinants of health, information governance, mitigating/eliminating threats to ePHI and denials and appeals management.  Our conference ended on Tuesday with AHIMA Board of Directors member, Thea Campbell’s presentation on “Leadership Today”.

In addition to relevant and interesting educational sessions, we also had opportunities to engage with our exhibitors.  Our exhibit hall theme was “Around the World” and attendees had their “passports” stamped as they connected with the exhibitors.  A big shout out to Tom Merry from FairCode who dressed the part in lederhosen for his Germany-themed booth!

Our 1st and 2nd Year Directors, Diane Kolodinsky and Michele Maier and Student Liaison, Samuel Viggiano led a student forum discussion where the students had an opportunity to connect with health information professionals and share ideas.  Through generous contributions from our regional associations, vendors, and individual members, our raffle raised $1800 towards our student scholarship.

Of course we found time to celebrate!  We recognized 2 outstanding student scholarship recipients, Enyu Lin-University of Pittsburgh and Tijana Mrkalj-Pennsylvania College of Technology.  In addition, we recognized the 2022 Distinguished Member, Daniel Christopher, MBA, RHIA, LLP for his outstanding accomplishments.  It was also special to have the 2021 Distinguished Member, Mary Ann Anderson, MPH, RHIA and 2020 Distinguished Member, Lisa Hershey, RHIA, CHDA with us so we could applaud them in person!

The ongoing success of PHIMA rests mainly on our volunteers.  We hope you will join us!  For more information or to get involved, please email us at contactus@phima.org.

Thank you again to everyone who joined us in Lancaster.  We hope to see you again soon.