HIMs In Action - 2014 chima conference

Virginia Pullar
Coordinator Decision Support for the Niagara Health System and
Chair of the Utilization Managers’ Network of Ontario (UMNO)
HIM Panel Presentation for 2014 CHIMA Conference
2014 CHIMA Conference
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Current Role
Coordinator Decision Support
• Patient Flow and Utilization
• Quality & Patient Safety
• Population Data
• Patient Satisfaction
• Patient Relation
• Workplace Relation & Organizational
• Employee and Physician Engagement
• HSMR and Sepsis
• Environmental Services & Infection Control
• Research and Academics, including I-EQUIP
Liaison (McMaster, Brock & NHS student projects)
Chair, Utilization Managers’ Network of Ontario
• Member of executive for past 7 years
• www.umnoonline.com
2014 CHIMA Conference
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Career Path
• Bachelor of Science from Brock University in Biology and Psychology
• Honours Diploma in Health Information Management, George Brown College
• National Professional Certification with the Canadian College of Health Information
• Quality Management in Healthcare Organizations course, McMaster University
• Also continuing education with Niagara College (SQL), CIHI, OHA and SAS
Most recently finished a Business Healthcare Leadership certificate program offered jointly
by the Goodman School of Business, McMaster University and the DeGroote School of
• Niagara Health System
• St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton
• Hamilton Health Sciences
• Sunnybrook and Women’s College
UMNO member for 12 years
(started attending in College)
Great networking opportunities and
learned through other hospitals’
experiences & real examples…and made a
lot of friends along the way!
2014 CHIMA Conference
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Growth & Opportunities
Patient Relations & Patient Experience
Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management
Workplace Relations, Human Resources and Organizational Development
Common potential in these areas:
• Large datasets across many years
• Populated by decentralized staff across the organization (incident reporting)
• Data quality and data management challenges
• Survey data (patient satisfaction, employee and physician engagement)

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