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Bund Chaudhary: Inspiring the Next Generation of HI Professionals

By Bund Chaudhary, RHIA

Bio

Bund Chaudhary, RHIA, is a recent graduate from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management in May 2024. She is also a certified registered health information (HI) administrator. With a stellar academic record, including being on the dean's list and a major 4.0 GPA, Bund exemplifies excellence in both scholastic and professional endeavors.

Bund's journey in HI includes significant contributions to various healthcare institutions. At the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Bund has served as a HI technician aide, where she adeptly managed electronic communications, patient data release processes, and PHI integrity management. Bund's internship experiences at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and DDFC Family Clinic in Chicago, IL, showcase her expertise in clinical and technical practicums, emphasizing data integrity, operational efficiency, and HIPAA compliance.

Bund's dedication to advancing healthcare extends to her involvement in research projects. Notably, she led a systems analysis project focused on optimizing productivity tracking for a healthcare system, and she contributed to research with a project on analyzing COVID-19 telehealth access disparities among Medicare beneficiaries.

Bund is well-equipped to navigate the complexities of healthcare technology. Her achievements, including scholarships from HIMSS and ILHIMA and prestigious awards such as the Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Awards (CSSLA) and Applied Health Sciences (AHS) Achievement Award, underscore her leadership, service, and academic excellence.

Bund's leadership roles within UIC's Health Information Management Student Organization (HIMSO) and the Applied Health Science Student Council (AHSSC) reflect her commitment to fostering a supportive academic environment. She is actively involved in national organizations such as the AHIMA Emerging Professionals Advisory Council (EPAC) and the Greater Illinois Chapter of HIMSS, where she serves as a student liaison board member.
Outside of her academic and professional pursuits, Bund has demonstrated a passion for community service and advocacy. Her journey is characterized by excellence, hands-on experiences, leadership, and a steadfast commitment to advancing healthcare through HI management.

Check out Bund's advice for fellow HI professionals on how to thrive in the dynamic world of HI

Challenges and Opportunities in HI in 2024

In 2024, HI has both challenges and opportunities. One significant opportunity lies in leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) for predictive analysis, which can revolutionize healthcare by anticipating patient needs and optimizing resource allocation. I believe this is a big opportunity in healthcare and as HI professionals, this a ground for potentially exercising our expertise in the regulatory aspect of AI integration as challenges such as ensuring data privacy and security in an increasingly digital landscape also requires our attention.

Specific Actions for Maximum Impact on Healthcare/Patient Care in 2024:

As a recent graduate, my aim is to join the HIM/HI field and contribute as a working professional. I plan to immerse myself in practical experience and work in health IT. I want to continue working in a healthcare facility to learn from seasoned professionals and still have the opportunity to work at the core of health IT. I plan on incorporating and consistently thinking about efficiency in everyday workflows. I strongly believe that efficiency drives effective healthcare and I plan on ensuring that I actively think about this in my everyday job!

Steps HI Students Can Take to Thrive in the Profession in 2024

For HI students looking to thrive in the profession, I highly recommend volunteering and actively building connections within the industry. Volunteering not only provides valuable hands-on experience but also opens doors to networking opportunities that can lead to internships, mentorships, and future job prospects. I can attest to this and say that networking and volunteering has given me the chance to expose myself to unique experiences and has opened innumerable doors.

Small Steps to Advance, Especially AHIMA Specific

One small but impactful step HI students can take is to obtain AHIMA credentials. Achieving certification not only demonstrates proficiency in HI practices but also enhances credibility in the eyes of employers. AHIMA credentials serve as a testament to one's dedication and competence in the field, setting individuals apart in a competitive job market! I also suggest early testing for the credentials if possible—I promise you are a lot more prepared than you think you are!

Additional Note

Lastly, I encourage HI students not to hesitate in reaching out to professionals in the field for guidance and support. The HI community is incredibly supportive, and networking with seasoned professionals can offer valuable insights, advice, and opportunities for personal and professional growth. Remember, everyone was once in your shoes and understands the importance of mentorship and collaboration in fostering success.

Bund Chaudhary, RHIA

Bund Chaudhary, RHIA

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