It has been a few years since we changed our name from AAMT to AHDI. The goal of this change was to incorporate a larger healthcare documentation role. If you look at the wording of our mission statement and strategic goals, it is clear that the aim is beyond just the medical transcription role.
Despite this growth idea, we still have a lot of individuals who only want to see the medical transcription component discussed. When we have national director candidates we ask if they are medical transcriptionists and if they have their CMT. I heard this a few times before the last Board elections and here as well. This has bugged me for a while now.
I would love to see an MBA who is in any healthcare documentation industry and can help lead us from a pure business side. I would love to see a medical coder who can help us do more than talk around coding topics. I would love to see a vendor company owner who can help us see issues from that end. I would like to see an MTSO owner of a larger company. It would also be great to see a computer programmer who works on healthcare documentation software. If any of these individuals ran, I honestly do not think they would receive a warm welcome. We would be stuck on whether or not they had a CMT even if they are a PhD computer programmer.
Imagine what this Association could do if we could finally accept that we are not a medical transcription only industry and move beyond that image. At that point, I think we would begin to see such a dramatic change that our members would take notice and begin to rekindle that passion that we are longing to get back.Your thoughts?