Monica Seeland

1. What is your first and last name, current title/role, and credentials?
Monica Seeland, RHIA, Vice President Quality Initiatives

2. What has surprised you about being the HIM profession?
The variety of opportunity that is available to us; the profession keeps evolving

3. What do you like best about being an HIM professional?
There is always something new and different to learn

4. What have you found to be the most challenging experiences you have had as an HIM professional so far?
The need to always promote our abilities and what we can do to as a member of the healthcare team.

5. If you could change one thing about the HIM profession, what would it be?
More emphasis on personal responsibility for health information, and how we can use that information to improve our own individual health.

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?
Actually, my mother who was a dietitian knew about the HIM profession and she influenced my decision to explore the field. There were many others throughout my career who gave me the opportunity to use my HIM skills in non-traditional settings.

7. What is an element of being an HIM professional you wish more people understood?
How varied our profession is and how our skills and abilities can be useful in a variety of ways.

8. What do you think will change about the HIM profession over the next five to ten years? Why?
The profession is always evolving, no predictions!

9. What would you tell someone who is thinking about becoming an HIM professional?
Go for it! The field is varied so there is something for almost everyone.