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Tip of the week: Celebrate Health Information Technology week with staff

HIM-HIPAA Insider, November 6, 2007

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HIM and coding staff work hard, so why not recognize their efforts during Health Information Technology (HIT) week, November 4-10? The weeklong annual event seeks to heighten awareness of the HIM/coding field, build team spirit, and reward staff members for their dedication. AHIMA has sponsored HIT week since 1989. This year's theme is: "Accuracy you can count on, Information you can trust."

If you're looking for some creative ideas as to how to celebrate, consider the following:

  • Hold an open house with cider and donuts, and invite other hospital staff members so they can get to know the coding and HIM staff members.
  • Take your staff members out to lunch or give out small gifts, such as pins.
  • Play "guess the doctor's handwriting" and give out prizes.
  • Encourage staff members and physicians to bring in their baby pictures and then have them match the pictures to the correct person.
  • Recognize physicians and other clinical staff members who serve as role models as they work with HIT staff.

This tip was adapted from the November 2007 issue of Medical Records Briefing. For more information and additional tips, click here.

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