The AHDI is now under attack on the internet. Why would the organization which evolved from the original American Association of Medical Transcription AAMT become criticized more as we move forward? We have heard that many were angry at the AHDI when it seemed to be named so often with software developers (whose intention is to eliminate digital transcription and replace it with EHR). It seems the AHDI was on a list that included the top players in digital transcription – this seems appropriate. Among the other major names on that list were software companies providing EHR equipment – this is understandable but makes some feel worried. We couldn’t find the list, but it has been mentioned. We have no idea if the AHDI is now related to these software companies or if so, how it might be structured. Our quote below seems to indicate a problem with AHDI voting. Are software developers now members of the AHDI and if so, what does that mean?
Unfortunately, we’ve seen crony capitalism at work many times. Too often organizations with big money use that money to buy legislation in Congress in order to make more money or strengthen their group. Some call this lobbying. It could be the AHDI has become too closely aligned to groups who are not liked by the average MT – software companies selling EHR.
Whatever the situation really is, we mention what we hear to help you do your own research and find your own opinion. There is not enough information at this time for us to feel comfortable with a firm opinion of our own. We will say that the older AAMT was for years a very positive force working in favor of the average MT. This is what we recently read on MT Exchange that prompted us to make this post – it is best for you to research this yourself:Unfortunately, AHDI doesn’t go into detail about what associate members get with their membership, but it’s my understanding they cannot vote and they cannot hold office. In effect, therefore, there are only roughly 5,452 members in other categories. According to MT Tools Online, reportedly 30% of the total membership number is in the student category (also unable to vote or hold office), but that number is mixed with students who receive the KB as well. Subtract an unknown number of corporate, institutional and educational members and who knows how many that leaves in the individual professional category – those who can vote and hold office. Certainly, less than 5,000 and probably closer to 4,000. That’s down significantly from the 7000 individual professional members reported several years ago; and it is certainly a smaller and smaller pool of people who are eligible to hold office, much less vote.