In 2007, I was like most college students and had no idea what I wanted to do with my future. I was without a declared major and stumbling to make a decision on what to be when I grew up. I loved the idea of healthcare, but I knew I did not have the patience to be a nurse and I didn’t want to take all the chemistry classes to be a pharmacist. While walking around campus on a particularly windy day, I was pondering my future when I looked down and noticed a piece of paper was stuck to my leg from the wind. That brochure was for the HIM program. Talk about a little divine intervention! I changed my major to HIM that day after meeting with the program director. If she would have told me then that a mere 10 years from then that I was going to be President of the state HIM association I would have never believed it. Now here I am living the dream!!!
It is funny the way we can be blown (in my case, literally) into the things that we end up being the most passionate about. I mean, how great is our field? We get ahealthy mix of nursing, pharmacy, business management, data analytics, and so much more all without hands on patient care or all those chemistry classes! Add on the fact that HIM gives you unlimited options for a career and BOOM- it is the best field to get into (of course I may be a little biased). We truly get the best of all the medical worlds. It is our passion, love for the field, and ability for innovation and vision that enables us to make informatics one of the fastest growing career fields in the world.
My hope for the 2017-2018 OkHIMA year is furthering the work to make HIM a household name. How many times have you told someone you are a HIM professional and they have no idea what you are talking about? Let’s change that! With how valuable our field is to the health care industry, we should be as recognizable as an RN. I challenge you to go to your organization, or anyone with an open ear, and advocate for HIM. Explain our expertise, skills, and value. With over 800 active members in Oklahoma, imagine the impact we could make! Gandhi said “The future depends on what we do in the present” so we need to take action NOW. Everything we are doing now is going to affect our viability in the future and that means being a champion today for the field we all hold so dear to our hearts.
Finally, I would like to encourage you to reach out to the OkHIMA board and offer to volunteer this year. OkHIMA has stood strong for 69 years thanks to the volunteers who put countless hours into ensuring its success. Winston Churchill said “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”. The OkHIMA board is truly one of the most wonderful groups of people I have ever had the opportunity to work with. We work hard, play hard, and love every minute in between. Feel like you don’t have the experience to get involved? That’s ok! We will work together to make you successful. There are many chairs with varying dedicated hours from little to large and the more hands we get to help, the more we can serve the membership at large. Who knows- you may be writing your own presidents message in a few years!
I am so excited to be your President this year and look forward to making this one of OkHIMA’s best years. There are big shoes to fill from the 68 presidents before me so I hope to continue the great legacy they have entrusted me with. Thank you for the honor of representing you and our great state.
Diana Flood, MS, RHIA