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AHIOS Names New President

The Association of Health Information Outsourcing Services (AHIOS), an organization of HIM outsourcing service companies who promote excellence in managing the risk and compliance issues around disclosure of protected health information (PHI), announced the appointment of its new president, Carlos A. Rodriguez, and its new executive committee.

As president of AHIOS, Rodriguez will lead the association's initiatives to strengthen, enhance and raise awareness of the value of the HIM outsourcing industry as it evolves to a more technology-based process, while establishing standards of excellence for the entire industry to ensure quality assurance and compliance with ever-changing, complex regulations. Rodriguez currently serves as the vice president of HIM services at Vital Records Control.

Serving with Rodriguez on the AHIOS executive committee are the following:

• Stephen Hynes, treasurer and CEO of MRO and a past president of AHIOS;

• Chad Tillman, secretary and vice president of client services at ScanSTAT;

• Oz Munoz, website coordinator and release-of-information vice president for STAT Imaging Solutions;

• Mariella Twiggs, education chair and director of training and compliance for MRO; and

• Dick Logan, emeritus membership, a founder and past president and executive director of AHIOS.

"In these challenging times for the health care industry, I am honored to have been named president of AHIOS by my colleagues who lead the industry's premier HIM outsourcing services organizations," Rodriguez says. "As president, my goal is to continue the AHIOS mission of increasing awareness of the value of partnering with member organizations to help ensure that the health care industry has access to highly skilled, certified professionals when considering initiatives surrounding the secure and compliant exchange of PHI."

Prior to joining Vital Records Control, Rodriguez has held numerous leadership positions within several health care organizations including founder and CEO at NEXT Medical Records, chief operating officer of an academic health care system, and CFO of a pediatric physician practice plan in Houston.

— Source: Association of Health Information Outsourcing Services