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October 7 @ 2:00pm 1 CPE credit

Discussing coding productivity in Canada (0078)

Speakers: Pat Garcia, MScHA, CHIM & Sonia Shiels, BA, CHIM

Join Pat Garcia for an interactive discussion on coding productivity in Canada.

Here you’ll gain unique insight into the National Coding Collaborative Committee and its purpose. This is an opportunity to engage with other attendees, ask questions, and join in the conversation!

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Sonia Shiels has over 25 years of experience in the health information management industry, over seven years managing two highly engaged remote coding teams, and over 15 years in decision support roles. Currently, Sonia works at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, a large teaching hospital, as manager of coding, data quality, reporting, and documentation improvement. Prior to working at St. Joseph’s, she worked at the Ontario Ministry of Health.

Sonia currently holds lead roles as chair of the National Coding Collaborative Committee and education coordinator for the Utilization Managers’ Network of Ontario executive for over two years. She recently joined the faculty of the HIM program at CHA Learning, a division of HealthCareCAN, and has also worked as a clinical documentation improvement auditor with 3M Canada.

Pat Garcia has over 42 years of experience in health Information Management in a variety of roles. She is a graduate of the health data technology program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, has a certificate in health administration from the University of Saskatchewan and a master’s in health administration from the University of Colorado.

Pat has a diverse background in management of health records services, registration services, transcription services and release of information. She has been innovative and creative in finding solutions, improving quality, and productivity. Her last position before deciding to retire in December 2019, was as the corporate director of health information management for 22 acute care sites for the Interior Health Authority in British Columbia.

Kathy Braaten’s HIM career started in 2002 as a coding specialist in Southern Ontario and subsequently Saskatchewan. In 2011 she had the opportunity to move to a supervisory role in health information management (HIM), which evolved into a management role. Kathy’s current position is director of program standards and development for the privacy and health information management portfolio at Saskatchewan Health Authority. She is fortunate to have the opportunity to work with colleagues in privacy and HIM across the province of Saskatchewan and serves on a number of national committees.

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