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Julie Wulf Plimpton and Linda Parks
DSU faculty Julie Wulf Plimpton (left) and Linda Parks have been selected to serve on national committees within their professional organization, the American Health Information Management Association.

HIM faculty to serve on national committees

Academics, Admissions, College of Business and Information Systems

Two Dakota State University professors have been chosen to serve on national committees within their professional organization, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Linda Parks and Julie Wulf Plimpton will begin their terms in January of 2018.

AHIMA, with about 70,000 members nationwide, serves as a resource for health information management (HIM) education and accreditation, professional credentialing, standards-setting, policy-making and issue advocacy.

Parks will serve for one year as a reviewer on the professional certificate approval program (PCAP) committee. The members of this committee will consider applications from HIM coding programs, and make recommendations regarding approval. A PCAP approval demonstrates to healthcare providers that graduates of these programs have the necessary job skills to attain success in entry level coding positions. Parks is an associate professor in the College of Business and Information’s health information management program.

Wulf Plimpton will serve a three-year term on AHIMA’s Health Informatics Practice Council. Her role on the 20-member practice council will be to act as a subject matter expert, advising AHIMA on specific topics related to health informatics. This will involve a variety of tasks such as writing articles and/or blogs, and working on the creation or updating of AHIMA toolkits. It will also entail writing occasional public comments on proposed legislation. Wulf Plimpton is an assistant professor in the HIM department at DSU.

Renae Spohn, the director of DSU’s HIM program, said selection for these national committees demonstrates the excellence of the faculty within the HIM faculty.

“Not many institutions which provide HIM programming have the depth and breadth of experience that our faculty have,” Spohn said. Both Parks and Wulf Plimpton have served on state-level AHIMA boards, and Wulf Plimpton recently earned a new AHIMA certification, that of Certified Professional in Health Informatics (CPHI™).

Both Wulf Plimpton and Parks are looking forward to the new experience of working with the national level of the organization. The committee work will provide a way to be informed about upcoming changes in the profession, Parks said, and a way to give back to HIM.

In addition, “working with AHIMA directly will be good for the DSU program and students by keeping us more informed and involved with health informatics’ best practices, so that we will be assured that we are on the right track teaching our courses,” said Wulf Plimpton.

Dr. Dorine Bennett, dean of the College of Business and Information Systems, said “DSU can be proud to have our faculty members participating in these meaningful roles.”