AHIMA leadership steps down for reasons unknown

Alan F. Dowling and Sandra Fuller have left the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), where they were formerly CEO and COO, respectively, according to several news accounts.

AHIMA spokesman Craig May confirmed their departures in an interview with Healthcare IT News. He would not say whether or not the two executives were fired and would not give a reason for their separation from AHIMA, which represents 61,000 health IT professionals.

Rose Dunn, a consultant and former AHIMA board member, has taken the reins of the organization as interim CEO while AHIMA seeks a replacement for Dowling. Dunn apparently is not a candidate.

Dowling became head of AHIMA in January 2010. He succeeded Linda Kloss, who'd served as CEO since 1995 and was a well-known industry leader.

There has been talk within the industry about internal conflicts at AHIMA since Dowling took over, according to HISTalk, an industry web forum. 

To learn more:
- read the Healthcare IT News article
- see the Health Data Management piece
- check out the HISTalk item

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