September 16, 2020
Join the PEC Challenge &
Showcase the Diversity of Health Information
Join the PEC Challenge and showcase the diversity of the health information profession and how HI professionals keep health information human.

Write and share your personal response statement on CHIA's Facebook page to the following, and then challenge two (2) health information peers to do the same. 

  • As a professional in health information, what do you do?

Include #HealthInformationIsHumanInformation on your post to add to the conversation. 

Read the responses of these CHIA leaders and discover tools and sample responses within the pages of the AHIMA PEC toolkit.
About the AHIMA PEC
The recently launched AHIMA Professional Enhancement Campaign (PEC) (available on AHIMA Engage) is a research-founded approach designed to clearly articulate the value of health information professionals within the contemporary healthcare landscape. Discover more within the pages of the AHIMA PEC toolkit.
‎Daniel Castañon‎, RHIA
CHIA First-Year Director

"As a Health Information Professional, I draw on a comprehensive understanding of computer technology, interoperability, electronic health records, and data analytics to ensure that the health information collected, accessed, and used by professionals throughout healthcare, is retrieved by the right people effectively and timely. In my specific role as a senior product support engineer, I am a part of a diverse team of dedicated representatives, who by monitoring, empowering and directing healthcare entities we provide critical support to healthcare providers."
Sharon Lewis, MBA, RHIA, CHPS, CPHQ, CAE, FAHIMA
CHIA CEO/Executive Director

"As a Health Information Professional, I draw on a comprehensive understanding of privacy, security, information governance, and data management to ensure that the health information collected, accessed, and used by healthcare professionals is protected, standardized and used responsibly and effectively.

In my specific role as the Executive Director for the California Health Information Association, I collaborate with California’s health information professionals to support them in advocating, educating and innovatively connecting them to share operational challenges and best practices within their unique roles in today’s healthcare ecosystem. California’s health information professionals work on new and efficient ways to manage health information and provide critical support to the people, patients and clinicians who need it most."
Embracing AHIMA's Professional Enhancement Campaign
The latest issue of the CHIA Journal is available now! The peer-reviewed CHIA Journal provides a wealth of information for California’s health information community. All CHIA and AHIMA members can access the digital version online to view, read and enjoy now!

President's Message
Health Information is Human Information
Embracing AHIMA's Professional Enhancement Campaign
by Melany Merryman, MSL, RHIA

In early July, I and several others from the CHIA Board had the opportunity to attend a virtual, two-day CSA Leadership Symposium sponsored by AHIMA. We joined representatives from other states in great discussion and leadership sessions. One presentation focused on the recently developed AHIMA Professional Enhancement Campaign (PEC) toolkit (available on AHIMA Engage). To be honest, I was not looking forward to this particular session, however, I was very pleasantly surprised.

For quite some time, we have been waiting for AHIMA to provide direction on how to elevate the health information profession and assist us in continuing a promising future. We have asked for an “elevator speech” that would help us tell our story. The PEC toolkit does just that. What’s more, it comes at a time when we need it more than ever to redefine who we are and help us demonstrate the value we bring to healthcare. The PEC toolkit contains a brand success statement, three brand principles and suggested lexicon, talking points, a checklist for brand principles and sample message responses.

I had a conversation with one of my peers recently who was concerned about health information professionals being perceived as information blockers. My initial thought was this could not be further from the truth. Then I considered our history of protecting confidential information and realized that others may think our job is to put up roadblocks in front of those individuals seeking health information. We must ensure that we are educating others in our organizations not only about regulations, but also on new technology and ways to streamline the process of patient access. Health information is human information and we must be perceived as advocates for the patient. The positive and powerful language we use will help us in these discussions.

Read full President's Message and more in the latest CHIA Journal.
Become a CHIA Leader and
Empower the Health Information Community
CHIA is seeking leaders and we are interested in you! The benefits of serving in these leadership roles are many. You will have the opportunity to positively affect the growth and direction of the HIM profession, influence policy at the early stages for the Association, and network with CHIA members and the health information community.

Nominations for CHIA Board of Directors and CHIA Delegates to AHIMA for the 2021 CHIA Ballot are now being accepted through Monday, October 12, 2020. Each term of office will begin July 1, 2021. 

We all have many gifts and talents, why not consider sharing these talents as a CHIA Director or Delegate? With your help, we can continue the tradition of nominating highly qualified and experienced members for leadership positions. 

RN Link's CDI Specialist Training - Discount for CHIA Members
Online Training September 12-30 | October 3-4

Interested in learning about clinical documentation improvement (CDI)? Are you a retired nurse or a nurse who wants to explore other career options? There are enormous needs in the health care industry to become a CDI Specialist where you will assist physicians to accurately document how truly ill patients are with severity ratings. The trend nowadays is quality documentation and this course will teach you how to achieve this.

RN Link is offering a 10% discount to CHIA Members. ​Learn more and register today!
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CHIA Events Calendar
FY2021 Coding Update - Part 1: ICD-10-CM
Tuesday, September 22 - eLearning Program

Patient Record Sharing is Here: EHR Interoperability
Thursday, September 24 - Webinar

CHIA Connect: Health Information Community Chat
Friday, September 25 - Complimentary Chat

FY2021 Coding Update - Part 2: ICD-10-PCS
Tuesday, September 29 - eLearning Program

Countdown to Information Blocking - Part 1
Thursday, October 1 - eLearning Program

FY2021 Coding Update - Part 3: IPPS/MS-DRGs
Tuesday, October 6 - eLearning Program

Countdown to Information Blocking – Part 2
Tuesday, October 13 - eLearning Program

Data Collection for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Tuesday, October 20 - Webinar

Confidentiality: Releasing and Protecting Health Information – 4-Part Series
Wednesdays, October 28 thru November 18 - eLearning Program

HIM Community Chat
Friday, October 30 - Complimentary Chat