An Article On The American Health Information Management Association

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With the vast improvements in technology over the years, society has had to change the way they do business. Very few industries are exempt from change. One industry that has benefitted greatly from technological advances is the health care industry. But with technological advances comes the need to adapt. A question to consider when attempting to have your staff adapt to change is: how are you going to motivate your staff to operate in a new environment? This report will analyze an article written for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) by Elizabeth Layman for presentation at the 2011 AHIMA convention. The primary focus will be the motivational concept of job enrichment/job design and how members of the AHIMA could implement change in their respective organizations. Keeping job enrichment/job design in mind, we will answer the following questions regarding this report: 1. How are the principles of goal setting applied in this case? 2. How are the principles of job enrichment applied in this case? 3. What were the outcomes of job enrichment in the HIS Departments? 4. What was the impact of job enrichment on motivation and communication in the HIS Departments? How are the principles of goal setting applied in this case? In her article, Ms. Layman points out that the growth in technology in Health Information Services (HIS) departments (specifically with electronic health records and the health care delivery system), has actually created more work for health information professionals. She notes that just working harder to fulfill these new requirements is not a long-term solution. Instead, there must be a push to work smarter. This is why Ms. Layman takes the time to define four levels of organizational go... ... middle of paper ... ... enrichment, the turnover rate in healthcare employees is growing. According to, the total turnover rate for healthcare employees in 2015 was 19.2%. BUS1101 - UNIT 7 5 This is up from 2014 when the rate was 17.7%. Based on this information, I would suggest that the impact of job enrichment on motivation and communication has had both positive and negative effects. Conclusion Job enrichment is a double edged sword. On one side there is the opportunity to motivate and encourage employees through expansion/enhancement of their roles. One the other side there is the potential to make your employees feel added pressure because their workload has been increased. The Health Information Systems departments in America have experienced both the pros and cons of job enhancement. Going forward, they would be best served to “enhance with caution”.
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