1. What is your first and last name, current title/role, and credentials?
Mary Wolfe, RHIT
2. What has surprised you about being the HIM profession?
There are a lot of people, professionals and patients who do not take HIM seriously
3. What do you like best about being an HIM professional?
The rules and regulations, interacting with patients and staff members.
4. What have you found to be the most challenging experiences you have had as an HIM professional so far?
People taking the HIM department seriously
5. If you could change one thing about the HIM profession, what would it be?
You would have to be credentialed to hold a management position
6 Has anyone influenced your decision to become an HIM professional or to change roles within the HIM profession? If so, who and what did they say or do to influence you?
Yes, my old boss from a long time ago.
7. What is an element of being an HIM professional you wish more people understood?
That it is a serious profession, we have a code of ethics, and not everyone can do our jobs.
8. What do you think will change about the HIM profession over the next five to ten years? Why?
It is hard to tell with patient portal, government measures, and the ever-changing roles of healthcare.
9. What would you tell someone who is thinking about becoming an HIM professional?
Go for the gold and get your RHIA or your CCS.
10. Is there any additional information you would like to share with us?
I have enjoyed my career in HIM and the challenges that go along with all of the regulations and changes.