Linda Allard - 2014 Advocate of the Year

On July 24, 2014, Linda Allard, president of the Maine-based medical transcription firm NEMT won the prestigious Advocate of the Year award by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), the national clinical documentation organization.

The industry’s top advocacy award serves to recognize an individual for outstanding activities related to advancement of the healthcare documentation profession. CEO and owner Linda Sullivan was on hand at AHDI’s national convention (ACE 2014) in Las Vegas where the award was announced.

“We’re extremely proud of Linda and her efforts on behalf of the industry,” Sullivan said. “She works tirelessly to promote awareness of clinical documentation issues, information security and education. We’re very pleased that AHDI has recognized her value to the industry.”

Allard’s passion and goal has always been to help create job opportunities for others and to ensure that those jobs are fair and beneficial to workers. Allard has been a supporter of the industry since 1987. She has contributed to many advocacy-related projects, including lobbying Congress on behalf of the industry, teaching, participating on an advisory board, presenting credit-worthy continuing education sessions, publishing papers and other works on HIPAA, initiating a voice recognition training program for students, and creating an externship program for clinical documentation students.

“This is really a huge honor,” Allard said. “AHDI has always been a preeminent force in the healthcare field and I’m thrilled and humbled by their recognition.”

This is the third year in a row that NEMT has won one of AHDI’s top honors. In 2012, NEMT was named the AHDI Employer of the Year and in 2013, the company was named AHDI’s Technology Innovator of the Year.