CHIA Director Candidate April Morris


April Morris


Position Statement

CHIA’s mission to advance health information management (HIM) is held up by four very strong pillars representing the Strategic Plan. The roadmap to advance that mission must be the charge of every CHIA leader. As a candidate for CHIA Director, these are my views.

As part of the first pillar, we’ve learned how Information Governance capabilities, stewardship and management of data and information across an organization enables quality health care. Capabilities, such as consistent definitions of data, consistent usage of data from authoritative sources, and coordinated resolution of issues, among others are necessary to achieve quality information. Through excellent leadership, this capability is being advanced in many of our educational sessions.

My vision is that HIM plays a central role in stewardship, is recognized as the authoritative source in the Information Governance discipline, and that every Chief Data Officer career path includes HIM credentials as a preferred, if not required, qualification. I hope to contribute to this vision by bridging educational advancement with focused internships.

I believe robust Information Governance and Health Informatics capabilities will require significant and sustained executive sponsorship, business collaboration and change management skills. As stated in the second pillar of the strategic plan, strengthening those skills in our existing workforce and developing them in our students is critical. Increasing offerings on these process skills and relentlessly inviting applicable use cases will drive our commitment to Quality Information.

The third pillar invites us to be agile in this changing environment. To support component local associations, educate and prepare professionals with the knowledge needed to ensure accessibility, accuracy, availability, integrity, and security of patient health information beyond traditions roles, we must all understand how future trends support operational excellence. I propose we expand and strengthen line of sight with a clear and innovative goal around how we engage and interact with leaders who are currently in nontraditional roles. This collective goal coupled with a deepening of the core analytic capabilities of our students will generate maximum interest from future employers.

Finally, we can help empower consumers through knowledge sharing and advocacy around the use of Health Information to improve the quality of care. Through a What’s in it for Me “the consumer” approach I see us promoting, organizing, sponsoring and participating in events and activities that drive a greater understanding about the value Telehealth, Data Science and other future trends. Only when we deepen our own knowledge are we able to share with others. Let’s work to get the right insights, at the right time, in the right hands, to make the right decisions.

Relevant Health Information Professional Positions

  • Director, Decision Support

Academic and Professional Degrees or Training Received

  • Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), 1992

Association Board Activities

  • Delegate, SCHIA to CHIA 2016, 2010-2013
  • SCHIA President 2011-2012

Association Committee/Task Force Activities

  • AHIMA CHDA Job Analysis Committee, 2016
  • CHIA Awards Committee, 2017,
  • Information Governance Committee 2016-2017,
  • Nominating Committee 2010
  • SCHIA Chair, Credentials Committee 2011,
  • Editor, SCHIA Newsletter 2009-2010

Five Adjectives That Describe Personality and Leadership Style

Transformational, Strategic, Coaching, Self-driven, Motivating