Patricia (Tricia) Coffey, RHIA, CPHI, CPHIMS
Patricia (Tricia) Coffey, RHIA, CPHI, CPHIMS, is the chief health information officer at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (NIH), where she has been very passionate about all aspects of health information management. Tricia has been a part of the Clinical Center team since 1990, where she has worked in various management-level positions within the department. During her tenure as an HIM professional, she led several enterprise-wide initiatives including the organization’s extensive transition from a paper medical record to an entirely electronic medical record along with several other critical initiatives including the implementation of patient and referring clinician portals as well as development of a telehealth program.
Under her leadership, the department was awarded honorable mention for the AHIMA Grace Award in 2017 and the AHIMA Grace Award for 2021. Tricia was also awarded the Innovation Triumph Award from AHIMA in 2019.
She believes in the importance of mentoring and guiding HIM students and new professionals in the field. She has established and worked through many student affiliation contract agreements with local colleges and universities across the United States. She is a past director and past president of the Maryland Health Information Management Association.