Revolutionizing Health Information Management:
A Virtual Expedition into Emerging Technologies

Join us for this enlightening event that delves into the future of health information management and how emerging technologies are reshaping the landscape of healthcare. We will explore groundbreaking technological advancements and real-world case studies, discuss the impact, benefits, and challenges associated with emerging technologies, and learn strategies to effectively prepare coding teams for technological shifts. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the future and empower your team to remain agile and ready to thrive in a rapidly evolving technological landscape.

Register now to secure your spot! This virtual event will take place on Tuesday, July 23, 2024 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM EST via Zoom (all times are Eastern Time Zone). The event recording will be available through August 31, 2024. It is highly recommended that you attend this event live so you can interact with our speakers and ask questions! Full agenda below.


1:00 PM
Beyond the Horizon: Charting the Future of Health Information with Tomorrow’s Technologies

Sharon Easterling will lead this journey exploring the technologies impacting health information now and in the future:

Unveiling Tomorrow’s Tools: Kick off with an introduction to groundbreaking technologies reshaping HIM landscapes, including the next wave of artificial intelligence (AI); generative AI integration throughout healthcare, blockchain enhancements, and advanced data analytics.

Case Studies in Innovation: Dive into real-world scenarios where these technologies have transformed HIM practices, focusing on improved outcomes, efficiency gains, and innovative problem-solving approaches.

Navigating Challenges with Tech Solutions: Discuss the hurdles of integrating high-tech solutions into existing HIM systems and strategies to overcome them, ensuring a smooth transition into future-ready healthcare infrastructures.

Quality and Compliance in the Digital Age: Analyze how emerging technologies are setting new standards for clinical documentation quality and regulatory compliance, emphasizing enhancements in data integrity and security.

Interactive AI Demonstration: Conduct a live, interactive session utilizing a Generative Pre-trained Transformer (GPT) to demonstrate real-time query handling, data interpretation, and scenario-based problem-solving in HIM.

Empowering Through Education: Conclude with a call to action for continuous learning and adaptation, highlighting resources and pathways for HIM professionals to stay ahead in the technology curve.



Sharon Easterling, MHA, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CRC, FAHIMA, is a highly respected leader in the health information sector with over two decades of experience. Known for her expertise in healthcare documentation integrity, she has held key roles in coding, utilization review, and clinical documentation improvement (CDI). Sharon has led initiatives integrating natural language processing and machine learning into coding and CDI technology, driving innovation in the field.

A sought-after speaker and author, she contributes significantly to professional education and development. Sharon's leadership extends to board positions with organizations like AHIMA and American College of Physician Advisors  (ACPA), where she advocates for high-quality clinical documentation and advancing the HI profession.

As CEO of Upskillz, LLC and VP of Revenue Cycle Management, she continues to champion documentation excellence, emphasizing its crucial role in the healthcare continuum.

2:00 PM
Tech Trends in Health Information Management: Adapting to Change and Innovation

Hear from our panel of health information professionals from a variety of settings on how emerging technologies are being applied in their departments. We will discuss how these technologies are assisting, supplementing and replacing health information staff.

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate Impact: Assess the impact of emerging technologies on health information management processes, including efficiency, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness.
  • Discuss Benefits and Challenges: Discuss the benefits and challenges associated with the adoption of emerging technologies in health information management.
  • Examine Workforce Implications: Explore how these technologies are assisting, supplementing, and potentially replacing traditional roles within health information departments, and discuss the implications for the workforce.
  • Provide Insights: Share real-world experiences and insights on integrating emerging technologies into health information departments.


Alonzo Blackwell, RHIA (Moderator)
Summa Health System – Manager, HIM-Release of Information

Angie James, MBA, RHIA, CCS
The Christ Hospital Health Network - Manager, Hospital Coding

Donna Edmondson, RHIA
Central Ohio VA Healthcare System - Chief of Health Information Management

Amanda Wickard, MBA, RHIA, CPHI
Wood County Hospital – Director, Health Information Management Services Department

3:00 PM
How to Future-Proof Your Team: Navigating Emerging Technologies in Coding and Beyond

In today's rapidly evolving technological landscape, staying ahead of the curve is crucial for businesses to thrive. The session, "How to Future-Proof Your Team: Navigating Emerging Technologies in Coding & Beyond," offers a comprehensive guide to help businesses effectively navigate the impact of emerging technologies on their coding teams. From artificial intelligence to automation, this session will explore strategies to communicate, prepare, and cross-train your staff to adapt to the changing demands of the industry. Join us to discover how to ensure your team remains agile, resilient, and future-ready in the face of technological advancements.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the landscape: Gain insights into the emerging technologies reshaping the coding industry and their potential impact on traditional coding roles.
  • Effective communication strategies: Learn how to communicate changes and expectations to your team regarding the adoption of new technologies and evolving job roles.
  • Proactive preparation: Explore methods to proactively prepare your coding team for upcoming technological shifts, including training programs, skill assessments, and resource allocation.
  • Cross-training initiatives: Discover the importance of cross-training and upskilling your staff to equip them with the versatile skill sets needed to thrive in a dynamic technological environment.
  • Building resilience: Acquire strategies to foster a culture of adaptability and resilience within your coding team, ensuring they are well-equipped to embrace change and navigate uncertainties.
  • Future-proofing your team: Leave with actionable insights to future-proof your coding team, enabling them to stay ahead of the curve and drive innovation within your organization.


Angie James, MBA, RHIA, CCS, is a Coding Manager with a passion for finding innovative ways to navigate the ever-changing world of healthcare in a pay-for-performance environment. She has over 20 years' experience in healthcare, working in all aspects of the revenue cycle. Her career ranges from physician's office registration to facility billing, with a primary focus on facility coding, compliance, education, and audits. Angie earned her BS in Health Information Administration from the University of Cincinnati and MBA at Thomas More University. She is on the Executive Board for OHIMA, President-Elect for SWOHIMA and serves on the advisory committee for the Health Information Management Department of Gateway Community & Technical College.


Dee Mandley, RHIT, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P has been in the health information management field for 30+ years.  She has held various positions within hospitals, review organizations, and HIM consulting firms and has successfully managed D. Mandley & Associates, LLC. since 2004.  She also holds the credentials of RHIT, CDIP, CCS, and CCS-P.  She is active in OHIMA and has held several positions on the executive board. Dee lives near Brady Lake and when not working enjoys time with her grandchildren Maddie and Deacon.





Registration deadline is Friday, July 19, 2024.

This event is worth 3 AHIMA CEUs
AHIMA CEUs are also accepted by AAPC!
Check eligibility on the AAPC website. 

Registration Fees  
Member $75
Non-Member $105



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