Lorraine M. Fernandes, RHIA
Lorraine Fernandes is an international and domestic thought leader, accomplished author and respected public speaker on topics related to the role of technology and data in healthcare transformation. Lorraine is co-author of two IFHIMA whitepapers addressing governance and privacy. Lorraine is recipient of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) 2013 Pioneer Award and 1998 Discovery Award, and California Health Information Association (CHIA) 2002 Distinguished Member Award.
Lorraine has in-depth knowledge about information/data governance and data exchange from a healthcare organizational and jurisdictional perspective. Additionally, she has expertise in patient/consumer/person, provider and citizen identification related to citizen-centric services, population health, electronic health records and customer satisfaction.
Lorraine is an independent consultant specializing in information and data governance. Previously she was Global Healthcare Ambassador for IBM Analytics, specializing in information integration and governance. She has held numerous managerial and strategic roles at healthcare organizations.
Vicki Bennett, CHIM, FAIDH, CHIA
Vicki is the Head of the Metadata, Information Management and Classifications Unit at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, where she has held a number of different roles over the past 15 years. She is on the Board of the Health Information Management Association of Australia.
Vicki has a degree in Health Information Management, and a Master’s in Health Informatics, and has had a diverse career both domestically and internationally. She has worked extensively across the Pacific over the past 20 years and has been appointed as an Advisor to the Pacific Health Information Network Board.
She has also lectured at a range of Australian universities and is passionate about ensuring that good health information is used to improve health outcomes for all.
Marci MacDonald, CHIM
Past-President and Membership Chair
Marci is a Health Information Management Professional, whose career has involved working in the provinces of Alberta and Ontario, Canada, – employed in management positions in corrections, community and teaching hospitals. She has served on the Boards of and has worked with many health information management and related groups. Namely the Utilization Managers of Ontario, the Ontario Health Information Management Association, the Board of the Canadian Health Information Management Association, the Council on Education for CHIMA. Additional support to education involved serving on Advisory Committees with George Brown College and Ryerson University, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and is a co-author of two Canadian HIM textbooks, “Fundamentals of Health Information Management” (second edition 2013) and “The Canadian Health Information Management Lifecycle” (2017). She has also been involved in multiple provincial and federal initiatives, including privacy, clinical data quality and various Ministry of Health client registry initiatives.
Babale Garba Nagada, FHIM,FHISM,FIIM
Regional Director, Africa
Babale Garba Nafada a prospective PhD Student of Babcock University,Ilishan-Reno,North-West, Nigeria.He has MSc (s) in Information Technology, Industrial and labor relations as well as in Health Planning and Management. Babale was appointed as a Board Member of Nigerias HIM Regulatory Body (Health Records Officers Registration Board of Nigeria) from 2003-2009. He headed HIM Department in a Tertiary Health Institution for 17 years (2000-2017) with a staff strength of about 140. During his tenure as head of HIM Department, he served as the Secretary Research and Ethics Committee, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, North-East,Nigeria. As an IFHIMA Regional Director for Africa Babale is currently leading an IFHIMA Developing Nation(DN) Pillar workgroup survey across the globe He’s been doing a lot of freelancing HIM activities for accreditation bodies like National Board for Technical Education ,Health Records Officers Registration Board of Nigeria. He has published more than 10 articles both empirical and position papers in local and academic international journals.As a HIM lecturer, Babale taught National and Higher National Diploma Students on Operations Research, Health Planning/Management and Computer Science. In July 2020, Babale was appointed the Provost of a private College of Health Sciences and Technology for 13 month. Presently, he is the head of National Health Insurance Records Unit at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital,North-West,Nigeria.
Deneice Marshall, B.S., M.S., Dip.Ed, RHIA
Regional Director, The Americas
Ms.Deneice Marshall is the President and Co-Founder of the Barbados Health Information Management Association (BHIMA), which was established in 2013. Deneice is also the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) Director for the Americas and the assigned IFHIMA Lead for the Education, Training & Research Pillar. Deneice is the Health Information Management (HIM) Program Coordinator/Instructor in the Division of Health Sciences at the Barbados Community College, a position she has held since 2009. Deneice has conducted health information management consultancies as a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Advisor for several Ministries of Health in the Caribbean. Her research interests focus on HIM and information technology education challenges in developing countries. She is highly active in community outreach activities and enjoys mentoring her students, travelling, hiking and stand-up paddle boarding.
Guillermo Paluzie, MD, PhD
Regional Director, Europe
Guillermo currently works for the Corporació de Salut del Maresme i la Selva (CSMS), Calella (Spain)as Chief of Medical Information Officer since 2003 and as part of the Chief Medical Officer team. In addition, he is the Corporate Coordinator of Data Protection since 2018. He is responsible for the broad sense of the clinical history in all his supports, of the activity of the coders and performs the corporate analysis of the clinical data. Coordinate the development of the CSMS’s electronic clinical history as a bridge between clinical services and the IT department. He is doctor and has a PhD in Public Health. Since 2020 he is Director for Europe of The International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA), co-director of the X Master of Medical Documentation, 2019-2020 (Autonomous University of Barcelona) and member of the Technical Commission on Clinical Documentation of the Department of Health (Autonomous Government of Catalonia). Guillermo’s current lines of research are Familial Hypercholesterolemia, Smart-Data, Digital Health, Decision-Making Support Systems, Health App Evaluation.
Hussein Al-Bishi, CHIM
Regional Director, Eastern Mediterranean
Hussein is a Certified Health Information Manager (CHIM) graduated from Curtin University of Technology in Australia. He has more than 30 years of experience in Health Information Management (HIM), Clinical Coding and Case-mix Management. Hussein served as a senior consultant with the healthcare finance team at the Ministry of Health Vision Realization Office (VRO), and currently working with the Advanced Healthcare Technology team at the MOH. Hussein is the elected president of the Saudi Health Information Management Association (SHIMA). He also served as a temporary consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO) East Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO). Hussein is a founding Member of the Global Health Workforce Council (GHWC) founded by the AHIMA Foundation i2014-2016. To support the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC)’s Countries healthcare workforce development, Hussein has participated as a co-founding member of the GCC Taskforce on e-health Workforce Development “ZIMAM” and the SHIMA “HIMAM” initiative.
Ok-Nam Kim, KHIM, Ph.D.
Regional Director, Western Pacific
Ok-Nam Kim is an administrator of health data management and utilization, and an educator of health information management lectures and research at universities, and has been in charge of medical information management at teaching hospitals over 40 years. She served as Korean Health Information Management Association President and the Director of the Research Institute and was the chairman of the organizing committee of the 15th IFHIMA General Assembly in Seoul in May 2007.
She is currently participating in health information standardization as a professional member of Korean Standards Committee for International Organization for Standardization, Technical Committee on health informatics (ISO/TC 215), mainly conducting research on establishing international standards related to protection and interoperability of health information. Oknam mainly conducts research and advisory activities at the advisory committee of KHIMA and Ministry of Health and Welfare.
She is a co-author of four Korean HIM textbooks, “Diseases Classification, KCD-8” (2021), “Health Information Management” (2017), “Health Information Quality Improvement” (2021), and “Privacy and Security for HIM” (2019).
Gemala Hatta, Dr., Dra., MRA. M.Kes
Regional Director, South East Asia
Since 1977, Gemala Hatta has spoken at universities and health centers around the world. She worked at the Indonesian Ministry of Health (1976 – 2017) and set up hospital medical records, teaching materials, and medical record systems throughout Indonesia. From 1978 – 1988, she led the Medical Record Committee to Jakarta Municipality Health Department. In 1989, she established the first Medical Record Administration school in Indonesia and PORMIKI (Indonesia Professionals on Medical Record and Health Information Organization). She also served as: head of PUSRENGUIN, Secretary of the Indonesian Medical Couuncil, a lecturer at the Health Polytechnic School in Jakarta, IFHRO’s Regional Director for South East Asia, and IFHIMA’s Regional Director to SEAR.
Publications include Medical Records Manual: A Guide for Developing Countries, 8 modules on ICD-10, 10 modules on Medical Terminology for the Social Health Insurance Administration Body, and 3 textbooks. Hatta produced the Hatta Method (2002) as a new technology in analysing quantitative and qualitative medical records.