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2019 Healthcare Documentation Integrity Virtual Conference (HDIVC19)

4-Day Conference


Welcome to AHDI's 41st Annual Conference, but our first-ever Virtual Conference. We're glad you're here!

The virtual platform provides an interactive experience for participants with live and on-demand educational sessions, discussion forums, live chats with presenters, a virtual exhibit hall, and so much more. In addition, busy professionals and students will have the convenience and flexibility to access the conference on their own time from anywhere – live as well as on-demand for three (3) months following the event.

Click individual tabs above to see and view the schedule-at-a-glance and continuing education credits offered, and to learn more about the presenters. Still have questions? Our contact information is at the bottom of this page. We're happy to assist you!


Full Conference Registration

Wednesday - Saturday, August 14-17, 2019. Your full registration includes:

AHDI Student or Postgraduate Members

AHDI Members*

List Price

Kathy Dempsey, Keynote Speaker

Regular Rate 7/1/19 to event $199 $299 $399

Credit-worthy Sessions & Social Activities

Access to Virtual Exhibitors


Access to conference forum and more!

* AHDI Individual Professional, Sustaining, Corporate and Educational Members are eligible for this rate.



Kathy Dempsey's Profile

Kathy Dempsey Related seminars and products: 1

Keep Shedding!

Kathy B. Dempsey, award winning author, keynote speaker and change expert is President of Keep Shedding! Inc. Kathy ignites people and organizations with the skills and motivation to lead and manage change. Adapt Quicker...Get Results!

Her most popular book, Shed or You're Dead®: 31 Unconventional Strategies for Growth and Change has been awarded with a Writer's Digest International Book Award.

Kathy Dempsey knows change...

Her “signature story” is her transformation from working as an ER/trauma nurse to becoming the first healthcare worker in America to be diagnosed positive for AIDS as a result of workplace exposure. Kathy received national attention as a result of this hospital-based event that made her a “poster child” for the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The diagnosis, which was a death sentence in the mid-80s, was confirmed with multiple positive tests. Months later, all tests returned negative. Was it a miracle or medical error? Nobody can explain it. What’s certain is that the three-month period Kathy lived with that traumatic diagnosis was a life-altering experience.

This event forced Kathy to learn about hard changes in life and how to adapt to them. What emerged was a new life philosophy: SHED. Today Kathy’s presentations reach far beyond that experience. They are a wake-up call to provide focus, inspiration and practical tools for people to lead and manage change at work and in life. Kathy’s message has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to SHED in places around the world including Europe, Canada, Africa, Mexico and across the United States.

A native of Washington, DC, Kathy now resides in Scottsdale, AZ.  

Laura Bryan's Profile

Laura Bryan Related seminars and products: 1


MT Werks

Laura Bryan, MT (ASCP), CHDS, AHDI-F, has taught productivity tips and techniques for MS Word and Windows for 19 years.  In addition to presenting at numerous association meetings at the local and national level, she has published four editions of "MS Word for Healthcare Documentation" as well as "Technology for the Medical Transcriptionist." Laura's work as a speaker and writer has focused on techniques for increasing productivity and accuracy. Laura and her husband Bob own MedEDocs, a healthcare documentation technology provider.

Justin Chapman's Profile

Justin Chapman Related seminars and products: 1

Sales and Marketing Manager

CanScribe Career College

Justin Chapman has been in the online learning industry for 10 years, focusing on sales and marketing for seven of those. He spends time studying, researching, and implementing new strategies through various mediums. When massive data breaches and data sharing came to the forefront of the news cycle, he studied how people’s data could be openly shared and understood. With a background in calculus and physics, Justin has always enjoyed numbers. Thus, he takes great interest in learning how social media and Google infer information about people through algorithms, including how companies find out who people are, what they like, and how they act. 

Gary David's Profile

Gary David Related seminars and products: 1

PhD, Associate Professor, Sociology

Bentley University

Gary David conducts ethnographic research in a variety of settings, with research on: 1) integrated experience design; 2) examinations of implementation and use of technology, 3) collaborative communication, 4) organizational culture and change, and 5) assets-based innovation. He also has his own consultancy called Ethno-analytics, which integrates big data in local contexts. Present projects include examining the nature of collaborative activity in multicultural worksites, the impact of speech recognition technology and electronic medical records on healthcare, the implementation of enterprise systems on workplaces, and how co-workers build a collaborative relationship through engaging in workplace practices. Additionally, he is involved in work applying conversation analysis and forensic linguistics to the examination of customer experience, police interrogations, and workplace interactions.  

Jill Devrick's Profile

Jill Devrick Related seminars and products: 1

MPA, AHDI-F, Product Solutions Advisor

3M Health Information Systems

Jill Devrick has served as a document creation subject matter expert at SoftMed and 3M for 24 years. She is currently a product owner with 3M’s Clinical Documentation Improvement product line, specializing in 360 Encompass MD software. Jill is a past President of AHDI’s National Leadership Board and was recognized as an AHDI Fellow in 2017. She is an experienced industry speaker, collaborator, and writer. Jill earned a master’s degree in Public Administration with healthcare certification from West Virginia University and was recognized as the 2018 MPA Outstanding Alumna.

Susan Dooley's Profile

Susan Dooley Related seminars and products: 1


Florida Hospital

Susan Dooley, MHA, CMT, AHDI-F, works as an HIM quality assurance specialist at Florida Hospital, reviewing reports transcribed at our outsourced MTSO. Susan has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida and a graduate certificate in health informatics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her master’s degree in health administration, specializing in health informatics, was earned from the University of Phoenix. Susan was elected to the AHDI National Leadership Board in 2012, was AHDI’s president in 2014-2015, and is an At-Large Director through August 2019. She currently serves on AHDI task forces and committees including education strategies, membership development, and the Book of Style 4th Edition.

Patricia Ireland's Profile

Patricia Ireland Related seminars and products: 1


Patricia Ireland, CMT, AHDI-F, has been active in the field of medical transcription since 1968, both as a multispecialty practitioner and as an instructor. She lives in San Antonio, Texas, working as a freelance medical/technical author and editor. She has been a medical transcriptionist instructor since the 1970s, teaching online medical transcription programs since 2000. She has co-authored four medical transcription textbooks. Pat has served on several AHDI committees to include the Educator's Alliance and Book of Style 4e Development Team.

Raul Kivatinetz Related seminars and products: 1


Cybexys, Inc.

Mr. Kivatinetz is a pioneer in building systems and recognizing how things should work. He was founder and CEO of several healthcare enterprises, including AssistMed, one of the first dictation/transcription SaaS platforms in 1999. He also led the development of three EHR and clinical documentation systems as well as other health IT software. Mr. Kivatinetz has been working with Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning since 2001 and is now the founder and CEO of Cybexys, which has developed an Artificial Intelligence powered expert system to detect details from a clinician's narrative that humans might miss when processing unstructured information to properly code the severity and complexity of each patient’s disease state. Mr. Kivatinetz graduated as a Civil Engineer in Argentina and specialized in Six-Sigma in Japan before emigrating to the United States in 1984.

Stacy Lehto's Profile

Stacy Lehto Related seminars and products: 1


Spectrum Health


Stacy Lehto, CHDS, has been in the medical transcription field for 19 years. She has done transcription, QA, and has also been a QA auditor. She is currently the Quality Coordinator for Documentation Integrity at Spectrum Health. Stacy has contributed to AHDI’s e-book on Strategic and Business Planning Skills and has been instrumental in the development of the toolkit Clinician Created Documentation: Reinstating Quality Assurance Programs to Safeguard Patients and Providers. Stacy has worked as copy editor for several of Stedman’s word books, including their Medical Transcription Skill Builder series.

Susan Lucci's Profile

Susan Lucci Related seminars and products: 1

RHIA, CHPS, CHDS, AHDI-F, Privacy Officer and Senior Privacy/Security Consultant


Susan Lucci is the Privacy Officer and Senior Privacy / Security Consultant for tw-Security. Susan serves on the AHIMA Privacy and Security Practice Council. She is a past national president and Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI). Susan authored the AHDI HIPAA Compliance Guide & Quick Reference eBook now in its second edition. As a contributing author to the 2013 HIMSS Book, Implementing Information Security in Healthcare, her experience leading healthcare initiatives on privacy and security has spanned over 15 years. Susan is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.  

April Martin's Profile

April Martin Related seminars and products: 1


Southeast Health

April Martin is the HIM Director for Southeast Health in Cape Girardeau, MO. She holds a doctorate in business administration from Baker College, a master’s in strategic leadership from Stephen’s College, and earned her bachelor’s in health information from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to coming to Missouri four years ago, she was born and raised in Michigan, where she was a program director for Baker College for both the HIT and Medical Insurance Specialist programs. She owned a national transcription company for eight years and was a supervisor in the HIM Department at the University of Michigan for almost 10 years. She currently also is an adjunct professor for both Stephen’s College and the University of Maryland University College in their online programs.

John McKenna's Profile

John McKenna Related seminars and products: 1

Vice President, Transcription Platforms


John McKenna lives outside of Atlanta Georgia and works for M*Modal/3M. He heads up the group developing the M*Modal workflow solutions. John has over 35 years of experience developing technology solutions. He manages software development teams in the U.S., U.K. and India. He began developing using Neural Network (artificial intelligence) approaches for robotics solutions in the 1980s. He led the efforts to bring some of the first speech recognition solutions to the healthcare field in the early ‘90s and now is involved in using Deep Neural Network technology to improve all facets of clinical documentation. John earned his BS from S.U.N.Y Polytechnic, New York, in Computer Science. 

Zachary Nelson Related seminars and products: 1

DC, Chiropractor and Laser Technician

Chiropractic Plus

Zack Nelson is a chiropractor and laser technician at Chiropractic Plus in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Zack grew up locally in Coopersville, where regular chiropractic care kept him healthy while participating in various school sports. Zack went on to study biology at Grand Valley State University and completed his bachelor’s degree at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota. Afterward, he went on to attend their chiropractic doctorate program and graduated in April 2019. Zack specializes in nutrition and applied kinesiology.

Ignacio Ripoll Related seminars and products: 1

MD, Medical Director

Bayview Medical

Dr. Ignacio Ripoll is board certified in Internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and sleep medicine, and until recently was also board certified in critical care medicine. Dr. Ripoll is the medical director of TCCC Respiratory Therapy Department and the medical director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic. He is a fellow of the American College of Internal Medicine and the American College of Chest Physician. He practices pulmonary and sleep medicine in Virginia Beach, VA. Dr. Ripoll also is an associate professor of Internal Medicine at EVMS, has written two medical books: Exercise and Disease management (in its second edition) and Ethical health Care Reform, has published articles in medical journals.

CEC Policy

The 2019 Healthcare Documentation Integrity Virtual Conference (HDIVC19) has been approved for 11 CECs for the 4-day conference.  You will receive a certificate for each credit-worthy session once you have viewed 85% or more, whether live or on-demand after the conference.  If you are unable to attend the live sessions, the recordings will be available for 3 months following the conference.


Q.  When is the virtual conference?
A.  The virtual conference will be held over 4 days, August 14-17, 2019. See schedule details here!

Q.  What will the price be for the virtual conference?
A.  Early-bird registration is now open!  See pricing information here.

Q.  Can I register for a single day or single session?
A.  Single days or single sessions are not available a la carte; however, your full registration gives you access to all sessions during the live event on August 14-17, 2019 as well as on-demand access for 3 months immediately following.

Q.  How do I attend a virtual conference?
A.  Enjoy the conference from any computer (PC or Mac), tablet, or smartphone using a link provided by AHDI. Click here for more information on minimum specs needed to view. We recommend the latest version of Google Chrome as your internet browser.

Q.  Will I need a webcam to participate?
A.  A webcam is not required for attendees. You will be able to see our speakers and presenters who will be using webcams.

Q.  What if I can’t make one of the live sessions?
A.  All sessions will be recorded and available to you for 3 months immediately following the event to view on-demand.

Q.  What if I have technical difficulty?
A.  Please see our technical FAQs here.  Live phone and email help desk support will be available throughout the conference in case you run into any technical issues.

Q.  How many continuing education credits will be available?
A.  We currently anticipate a total of 11 CECs.  Certificates will be available to print upon completion of each session.

Q.  How long is each session?
A.  Each session will last approximately 60 minutes.  Check out the Schedule at a Glance and Speaker Bios – both are being updated frequently!

Q.  Will I be able to ask the speakers and presenters questions?
A.  Absolutely!  During the live event, you will be able to post questions and/or comments to the speakers, presenters and attendees who have joined the session. Everyone joining live will be able to view and interact. This feature will not be available on the recording if viewing on-demand so do your best to join us live!

Q.  Will I be able to meet and interact with other attendees during the virtual conference?
A.  Absolutely!  Once registered, you’ll be able to communicate via the conference forum as well as via chat within each session. You will also see and meet new people during the social activities scheduled at the end of each day.

Q. What are the social activities?
A. The social activities are live events held at the end of each day. Details for each are being finalized and we will make announcements along the way. You won’t want to miss them as they will include fun and prizes!

Q.  Can I participate with a group of friends?
A.  You are welcome to view the conference with a group, but we ask that each participant have their own registration. A participant of the group may contact AHDI with an attendance list for the CECs to be marked on the individual accounts.

Q.  I’m afraid I’ll miss the fun of not being face-to-face. What can I expect?
A.  We will still be coming to you live for our Integrity Awards Ceremony, AHDI leadership updates, and scheduled social activities!  We’re re-inventing fun!

Q.  Will there be sponsors and exhibitors participating in the virtual conference?
A.  Yes, we couldn’t make this possible without the support of our sponsors who are displayed before, during and after the event. You will also find our exhibitors on our website and on the Virtual Exhibitors tab within the platform. You will hear from them in-between sessions, with an option to connect with them further if you wish. If you or someone you know may be interested, please have them contact us at

Q.  I still have questions, who should I contact?
A.  Please contact us at and we’d be happy to help answer any questions you have.

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