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Honourary Membership Awarded to Lorraine Nicholson – Dubai, November 19, 2019
Lorraine has been a pillar and in many ways, the face of IFHIMA, to many nations. Her decades of work with IFHIMA have shaped the Federation to where we are today, and her positive influence and leadership continue to impact many HIM’s internationally. Lorraine first attended an IFHIMA Congress in 1984 – which was the 9th Congress at the time, in Auckland, New Zealand. She joined the IFHIMA Board in 2000, and was the reigning President when our federation changed its name from IFHRO to IFHIMA in 2010 at the Congress in Milan, Italy.
In addition to her support of the European members and the global HIM community as a whole, we would be amiss if we did not make special mention of her devotion to developing nations. Nowhere is this more apparent than the continent of Africa, where she has devoted much personal time, effort and expertise to our colleagues from this region. She is known as the “Mother of HIM” – and has been an unwavering advocate in advancing the profession and educational opportunities.
Notably, Lorraine’s presentation on the challenges of obtaining educational materials in developing nations, inspired the idea of a “Book Donation Project”, proposed by an American member. Starting in 2013, Lorraine worked single handedly as the IFHIMA representative, to coordinate the books donated by AHIMA, and ensured they were delivered to deserving educational facilities across the entire globe.
Lorraine served as the IFHIMA President from 2007 – 2010, and since leaving the Executive IFHIMA Board, has continued on as the Membership Chair. Challenges with software, technical upgrades and revisions, were sometimes challenging, but Lorraine met all these situations with her usual calm grace, and success was always the end product!
Professionally she is a sought after consultant in all areas of the Health Information Management profession, and widely respected by all who have the fortunate experience to meet her.
It is with great honour that we present this IFHIMA Honourary Award and Membership, to Ms. Lorraine Nicholson!
Honorary Membership Awarded to Yukiko Yokobori – Dubai, November 19, 2019
Yukiko has worked tirelessly for the Japanese HIM Association as well as IFHIMA, for many decades.
She is currently the Director of the Department of Education of the Japan Hospital Association, and the Head of Secretariat of the Japan Society of Health Information Management.
Yukiko has focused her career on the education and certification of Health Information Managers in Japan since 1991.
She has been actively participating in the WHO-FIC network since 2003, assisting in the areas of education, as well and revision and implementation of ICD globally. She has served as the Co-Chair, representing IFHIMA and her nation, on the WHO-FIC EIC from 2014 to 2018. She assisted in the establishment of the WHO-FIC Asia-Pacific Network in 2006, and continues to serve as the Network’s secretariat.
From 2019 – 2016 she served on the IFHIMA Board as the Regional Director of South East Asia. She continues her IFHIMA work through liaising with the WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre in Japan, where she oversees the training of ICD and ICF since 2011. Additionally, she leant her expertise as an IFHIMA representation as a council member of the Global Health Workforce Council for 3 years, until 2016, and continues to serve on the Global Advisory Council for Healthcare Workforce – to improve population health through development of a highly skilled and qualified HIM global workforce.
Of special note, she successfully coordinated and oversaw the very successful IFHIMA 2016 Congress in Tokyo, Japan, and was instrumental in creating a sponsorship program to provide financial support, enabling IFHIMA developing nation members to attend future congresses.
Yukiko continues to share her knowledge and support to the global HIM community, and is a valued and sought after expert within the profession. IFHIMA is forever grateful for her past and ongoing support of the Federation.
It is with great honour, that we present this IFHIMA Honourary Award and Membership, to Ms. Yukiko Yokobori!
IFHIMA Immediate Past President