AHIMA Con 2016 is coming to an end in the beautiful city of Baltimore, MD. The annual convention, geared toward healthcare and health information professionals, kicked off on October 15th with interactive panels. Pre-convention workshops and institutes were available, with a heavy focus on information security and privacy. Sunday’s welcome reception and net   working events eased attendees into Monday’s busy schedule, priming them for educational tracks on everything from EHR implementation to emerging technologies and public health initiatives. Professional practices roundtables brought the evening to an enlightening close, allowing attendees the chance to mingle on their own for the latter portion of the afternoon.

Cybersecurity and information technology were the main focuses on Tuesday’s agenda. With a cybersecurity panel sponsored by the University of Central Florida, attendees were invited to discuss technology innovation in respect to security, informatics, and information governance. Technical publishing company Elsevier sponsored a great discussion on why physicians are so resistant to CDI, and Altegra Health spoke on information consolidation.

Wednesday’s events are still in full swing, so feel free to keep up with our AHIMA Con 2016 activities on Twitter. In the meantime, here’s a list of our convention highlights.

  1. “Shift Happens.” AHIMA Foundation CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon delivered a poignant, rousing, and thought provoking glimpse at the future of HIM professions.
  2. The overall patient-focused attitude held by all attendees and patient leaders.
  3. The Photobooth, sponsored by Himagine Solutions provided a great ice breaker and a reprieve from the industry-speak.
  4. Sessions dedicated to Population Health Management, the content was very much aligned with our own presentation and perspective on PHM.
  5. The calling out of the industry’s data problem. “80% of data in healthcare is currently unstructured and unable to report out on.”

As AHIMA Con 2016 comes to a close this afternoon, perhaps we will have some other highlights to offer fellow attendees and those who were unable to attend this year. Next year’s convention will be held in Los Angeles, CA, from October 7th until October 11th.

Will we see you there?