Paulson earns AHIMA student award

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) announced that DSU student Cynthia Paulson from Sioux Falls, S.D. has been selected to receive the 2012 Student Award. The AHIMA Triumph Awards Committee chose Paulson along with three other students for the national award.

“Cindy truly is an outstanding example of what we desire in a student,” said Dorine Bennett, the Director of Health Information Management (HIM) programs at DSU. “Not only does she perform well in her classes, she is also a role model in her other activities related to our profession.”

Paulson is pursuing her degree in Health Information Technology at DSU along with being a leader in the HIM Club and other areas of healthcare. She currently works with a group of HIM students, faculty and professionals on implementing the “Yellow Dot” program in South Dakota. The program assists citizens and first responders in the event of an automobile accident or other emergencies involving the participant’s vehicle.

A “yellow dot” decal is displayed on the back driver’s side window that indicates there is a folder or envelope in the victim’s vehicle that contains information (name, address, next of kin, current medications, allergies, etc.) that is of extreme importance during emergencies. Paulson has been a driving force in getting the program off the ground in the state of South Dakota.

The AHIMA Triumph Awards are the premier awards of the Association which recognizes those special individuals who have made a significant difference in the HIM profession. The awards are sponsored by 3M and will be conferred at the AHIMA Annual Convention and Exhibits in Chicago, Ill. in October.

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Last Updated: 11/16/12