CHIA Director Candidate Victoria Hernandez

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Victoria Hernandez


Relevant Health Information Professional Positions

  • Founder, Integrity Coding Solutions, 2015-Current
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Cosumnes River College, 2017-Current
  • Regional Director of Hospital Coding & Education, Kaiser Permanente, 2012-2015
  • Regional Coding Review Manager/Inpatient Coder/Clinical Data Specialist/Medical Assistant, Kaiser, 1995-2012
  • Coding and Auditing Consultant, Kforce/HCS/Primeau Consulting, 2007-Current

Academic and Professional Degrees or Training Received

  • Bachelor of Science: Health Information Technology, University of Cincinnati, 2013
  • Associate of Science: Health Information Technology, Chabot College, 2004
  • Associate of Arts: Medical Assisting, Chabot College, 1994

Association Committee/Task Force Activities

  • AHIMA Component State Association HIM Awareness Coordinator for CHIA, Current
  • AHIMA CDI Tip Sheet Workgroup Member, Current
  • CHIA Awards and Scholarship Committee Chair, Current
  • CHIA Professional Development Committee Member, Current
  • CHIA Professional Development Committee Chair, 2017-2019
  • CHIA Convention Committee Chair, 2016-2017
  • CHIA Nominating Committee Member, 2016-2017
  • CHIA Webinars Committee Chair, 2014-2015
  • CHIA Webinars Committee Member, 2013-2014, 2015-2016
  • CHIA Coding and Data Quality Committee, 2013-2016
  • SVHIA President/President-Elect/Past President, 2013-2016
  • SVHIA Secretary, 2012-2013
  • SVHIA Delegate, 2011-2012

Five Adjectives That Describe Personality and Leadership Style

Trustworthy, Positive, Collaborative, Ethical, Passionate

Position Statement

The Director candidates were asked to respond to the following question: As a CHIA Director you will help oversee and guide the Association. How can CHIA best pursue its mission via an “innovative approach” to develop health information professionals and advocate for practice excellence?

I remember when the electronic health record was first introduced. There was a fear of the unknown and concern on how these changes would impact productivity. Then there was the launch of coding software. Many felt some skepticism on its reliability and completeness in comparison to the good old-fashioned step-by-step, straight-from-the-book coding. With today’s data-driven digital era, we can now look back and view these advancements in technology as actual growth opportunities which served as the beginning of our expanded scope in the health care sector.

The HIM field has many significant layers of expert representation which serves as a conduit to many aspects of health care. No other profession is as wide-ranging in the same way as HIM. CHIA may continue to advocate practice excellence by staying on the forefront of the rapid changes in technology and providing early communication and education on topics like mobile health, telemedicine, smartphone health apps, artificial intelligence, health information exchange, payment portals, regulatory initiatives, and more. California’s HIT curriculum must remain current and aligned with the health information delivery in the workforce.

It is a crucial time to actively develop creative solutions and think outside the box, which reminds me of the saying “success happens when we leave our comfort zone.” Let’s visibly present all our knowledge, expertise and contributions, and serve as health care leaders. Collaboration with other
professional and health care associations is also important. Let’s create and promote new innovative roles that place HIM professionals as ideal resources in the health care landscape. There are unique roles and responsibilities that need the representation that HIM professionals can best offer. A few good places where seeds have been planted or have pending positions ready to be designed include:

  • Financial institutions and regulators: Create connectivity between medical providers, patients and payers
  • Insurance and mortgage companies: Billing and information governance, financial assessments
  • Law firms: Health care litigation source expert, information technology in health care delivery by direct providers
  • Research method companies: Data mining, analysis, trends explanation for quality improvement and cost reduction
  • Health information exchange: Mobilization of health information, interoperability optimization
  • Patient advocacy: Release of information, health record accuracy and completeness
  • EHR trainers: Systems improvement, software development and proficiency, centralization
  • Pharmaceutical and biomedical manufacturers: Data and trends collection, regulatory requirements and compliance risk
  • Artificial intelligence: Decipher clinically relevant information in high volume data, data tracking and maintenance
  • And all the others that are yet to be created

With the support of our state association, we will be prepared to learn, adapt and master future changes in the health care landscape.

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