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30-Year Veteran of the HIM Field Offers Insight and Advice to Students

Apr 13, 2015

Students and staff from the health information management (HIM) program at the Louisville Campus recently gathered to celebrate Health Information Professionals Week. The event featured a reception and a presentation by guest speaker Linda Kamer, who serves on the campus’s HIM advisory board.

Linda shared her experiences from her career working in HIM over the past 30 years. After earning her degree in health information management, she first worked for a cancer registry and later advanced into positions working as the director of medical records for several hospitals. 

During her tenure in the field, Linda saw the introduction of DRG (diagnosis related group) codes and also worked during the transition from ICD 8 to ICD 9 coding. “It was really an exciting time, because we had to educate the whole medical staff,” she recalled. “We had to change all of the documentation systems. It kind of pushed computerization.”

Linda served as director of health information management at Jewish Hospital (now Kentucky One Health) from 1989 until 2006, where she was part of the team that brought the first fully integrated document imaging system to Kentucky. “At Jewish, technology really took off and things really started happening in HIM,” she explained. “It was fun, and there was a lot of interaction with the physicians, IT, and nursing. Every part of the hospital touches HIM, and you can learn so many different things.”

Today as a senior consultant for CGI, one of the largest IT companies in the world, Linda helps to provide IT solutions to health care facilities across the nation, as well as internationally. Her duties include business development, account management, and product development and research.

She encouraged the HIM students to consider the many options available to them as they begin their careers. “You have the world in front of you when you get this degree,” she told them. “Think about the companies around Louisville and how many health care jobs there are. Health is big business. You guys are in the right field because they all have information that needs to be managed.”

A- Students and staff from the HIM program at the Louisville Campus gathered for a photo during the Health Information Professionals Week celebration.

B- Guest speaker Linda Kamer shared her experiences from working in the HIM field for over 30 years.

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