William J. Rudman, PhD, RHIA, is the Executive Director of the AHIMA Foundation and Vice President of Education Visioning for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Dr. Rudman worked for over 20 years in academia as a professor in health information management. Rudman also chaired a MD/PhD program and served as the director of the HIT core for the Delta Regional Institute overseeing implementation of an electronic record exchange in rural Mississippi. He served on the state of Mississippi task force for health information exchange, chaired the education committee. Rudman was the PI on the HISPC grant for education and training for the implementation on electronic medical records for the state of Tennessee. In addition to hands on experience in the development, implementation, and training of those working in the field of HIM, Rudman has an extensive list of presentations, publications, and health information technology grants. Rudman has published over 85 scholarly articles, made 150 scholarly presentations, and received over $80 million in federal funded grants. Among those grants, Rudman served as either a PI or co-PI on funding for the Southern Mississippi health information exchange (at the time was the largest operating HIE in the US), a rural e-network of Mississippi hospitals, and a telemedicine grant to connect hospitals in the Delta Region in Mississippi, and the National Apprenticeship Program for health information management.