Physical and Health Sciences at Alfred State College, traveled to Milan, Italy, this month to present “So Now You Are a Program Director,” at the 2010 International Federation of Health Records Organizations (IFHRO) Congress.
Locke’s presentation discusses the challenges, resources, opportunities, and successes of serving as program director of a successful health information technology program.
Other topics discussed at the conference include classification systems (disease and procedure); clinical coding and quality of data; electronic health records; health records and patient safety; clinical documentation and scientific research; and data management and integration.
The IFHRO supports national associations to implement and improve health records and the systems which support them. The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is a sponsor of IFHRO. Currently, the major initiatives of IFHRO include clinical data management, education, and electronic health records, supporting and developing the HIM profession in both the developing and the developed world, and patient privacy and confidentiality. IFHRO is a non-profit organization affiliated with the World Health Organization as a non-governmental organization.
Locke, who joined the ASC faculty in 2006, teaches courses in the health information technology program. She holds a master of science degree from New School University and a bachelor of professional studies degree from SUNY College of Technology, Utica, and an associate of applied science degree from Monroe Community College.
She holds memberships in the American Health Information Management Association, the Health Information Management System Society, the New York Health Information Management Association, and the Rochester Regional Health Information Management Association.
The ASC HIT program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). Program accreditation by CAHIIM is necessary in order to be eligible for students to sit for American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) professional HIM Certification Exams.