CHIA Delegates to AHIMA

CHIA supports and promotes broader communications and increased CHIA member participation in the issues, concerns and goals of CHIA and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). CHIA’s elected representatives to the AHIMA House of Delegates represent CHIA in AHIMA House of Delegates (HoD) activities and decisions.

2021 - 2022 CHIA Delegates to AHIMA

Larry Smith, MHA, RHIA - Chief Delegate
Roberta Baranda, MS, RHIA, CHP - Second Delegate
Vilena Boussarova, MS, RHIA, CHDA, CCS - Second Year
Sandy Hames, MLS, RHIA, CHP (NCHIA) - Second Year
Vivian Thomas, RHIA, CHPS, CHDA, CDIP, CPHQ, CPHIMS - First Year
Roy Shurtliff, RHIT - Alternate
Deanna Klure, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CCS - Board Appointed Alternate

2021 House of Delegates Meeting - Sunday, September 19

The CHIA Delegates to AHIMA participated in the virtual House of Delegates Annual Meeting on Sunday, September 19, 2021.The topic Future of Work was discussed during a strategic break-out pathfinder session. Trends indicate that nearly half, 47%, of US jobs could be automated in the next ten years. CHIA Delegates to AHIMA sought recommendations from California’s Health Information Community regarding this important topic.

Discussion topics included:

• Predictions for how the workforce is expected to change
• The Future of Work: Three dimensions to consider – What, Who, Where
• Non-clinical repetitive functions that are not on the front-line of patient care are ripe to be automated
• Embrace opportunities by thinking outside of the box and discuss the human skills required to address broader strategic priorities in the health information profession

Here is information about this initiative discussed during the AHIMA HoD and CHIA’s recommendations. To provide additional comments or feedback contact CHIA’s President/Chief Delegate at

Strategic Pathfinder (Breakout) Session - The Future of Work
Deloitte Insights Article
AHIMA 2020 Annual Report
2020-2023 Enterprise Strategic Plan
CHIA Recommendations to the AHIMA House of Delegates on September 19, 2021
AHIMA Summary of Pathfinder Sessions