CHIA President-elect Candidate Roy Shurtliff

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Roy Shurtliff


Relevant Health Information Professional Positions

  • HIM Director, Regional Medical Center of San Jose, 2001 - Present
  • Instructor Health Technologies, De Anza College

Academic and Professional Degrees or Training Received

  • AS, HIT - Chabot College 2000
  • BA, Asian Studies - Brigham Young University

Association Board Activities

  • CHIA, Director, 2016-2019
  • NCHIA, Board Member, 2002-2007

Association Committee/Task Force Activities

  • CHIA, Convention Committee, 2019-2020, 2018-2019, 2011-2012, 2010-2011
  • CHIA, Seminars Committee, 2015-2016, 2009-2010, 2012-2015, 2007-2008
  • AHIMA, National RHIT Job Analysis Task Force, 2010

Five Adjectives That Describe Personality and Leadership Style

Responsible, Likeable, Dedicated, Enabling, Passionate

Position Statement

The President-elect candidates were asked to respond to the following question: Given CHIA’s vision, mission and strategic initiatives, what do you consider are CHIA’s highest priorities and what are your thoughts on how to best achieve them?

CHIA’s mission states, “develop health information professionals and advocate for practice excellence.” The mission then leads into the Strategic Plan: Catalyze Health Information Integrity, Connect the Health Information Community and Partner to Accelerate Innovation. All these lead to my thoughts on what CHIA’s priority should be in the coming years. I believe the biggest challenge as an organization and as a profession are the constant changes that are happening all around us and how are we going to hold on to the ball as these changes occur. I feel that to overcome the challenges of change, we need to make sure that we are prepared and understand what the options are that will lead us to the future.

This leads me to opt to the Strategic Plan as a means to meet the change. In particular, I believe Catalyze Health Information Integrity should be the first step. I envision that CHIA should focus on Catalyze with the bullet points of develop and promote best practices and train, mentor and empower professionals. If the organization focuses on these important plans, we will be able to develop a strong professional network of members. We are lucky that we have many committees within CHIA that are set up to do just this. CHIA needs to give more emphasis on expanding the roles of the committees to help expand outside of the traditional HIM positions and to build on the new. Our education, CHIA Journal articles, etc. should be based on what is new and how the membership can migrate to the new world around us. CHIA committees need to break out of the silos that sometimes occur and work to meet the Catalyze plan.

The outcome of developing health information professionals will then lead into the other key components of the Strategic Plan. We will then better connect to the health information community by having strong professionals that know how to exercise their skills. A strong educated professional network will then be able to Partner to Accelerate Innovation with other technology stakeholders to meet the needs of our membership.

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