Wiregrass celebrates Health Information Professionals Week


March 20, 2013

Lynn Trexler, Krista Lilly, Hannah Moon, John Daniels
Lynn Trexler, senior student; Krista Lilly, guest speaker; Hannah Moon, recent graduate; John Daniels, junior student.

Valdosta, GA— The Wiregrass Georgia Tech Health Information Technology program held a dinner to celebrate National Health Information Professionals Week. The program is accredited by The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Every year AHIMA designates a week to honor and celebrate health information professionals. This is the 24th year of the tradition and this year’s theme is “Accurate Data, Excellent Care.”

“Health information management (HIM) professionals are a critical linchpin in our healthcare system, and the American Health Information Management Association is proud to recognize the contributions of these individuals,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. “Our hope is Health Information Professionals Week will increase awareness of the vital role HIM professionals play in the success and efficiency of our healthcare system landscape.”

On Monday evening, health information students, recent graduates, and instructors held a dinner to recognize the students currently enrolled and highlight the importance of their career choice. Hannah Moon, a recent graduate from Wiregrass, shared her reasons for choosing the health information field, about her college experience with Wiregrass, and her job search that led her to her career with South Georgia Medical Center.

Krista Lilly, a former Wiregrass instructor, shared with the group her educational and career path. She is currently employed as an ICD-10 trainer working with the International Health Terminology Standard Development Organization (IHTSDO). She maps SNOMED Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) to ICD-10. She has had the opportunity to travel to Switzerland and Denmark in her position. SNOMED Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) is the most comprehensive, multilingual clinical healthcare terminology in the world.

Wiregrass currently offers an associate degree in Health Information Technology, health information coding diploma, and a healthcare access associate technical certificate. Summer semester classes begin on May 20 and new student applications are being accepted now. These programs are offered as a hybrid so students do most of the course work online and only visit a campus periodically.