Celebrate Health Information Management Professional Week 2018!
Health Information Management (HIM)Professionals are the only certified experts in the science and technology of health information management. Their key role is to maintain the integrity and confidentiality of personal health information within the Domains of Practice:
- Data Quality,
- eHIM and
- Health Information Management standards.
CHIMA certified HIM Professionals are
- Subject matter experts (SMEs) in the entire lifecycle of the health record, including data collection and information access, use, disclosure, retention and destruction.
- Skilled experts in data and information management regardless of the medium in which it was collected and used (paper, hybrid, electronic).
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HIMs Work in a Variety of Areas
- Health Information Services
- Admitting / Patient Registration
- Quality Management
- Research and Statistics
- Information Systems / Technology
- Utilization Management / Decision Support
- Risk Management
- Government Agencies
- Cancer Care
- Educational Institutions
- Community Health Clinics
- Law Offices
- Insurance Companies
- Pharmaceutical Companies
- Primary Care
- Nursing Homes
- Long Term Care
- Mental Health
- Release of Information
In our Practice Management Nuggets Webinars for Your Healthcare Practice on February 15, 2015, we spoke with Lisa Proudfoot, Instructor, Health Information and Practice Assistants, School of Health and Public Safety, SAIT Polytechnic about the role of the HIM professional in your healthcare practice.
Lisa #1 Tip to health care practice managers about the HIM profession?
“Health Information Management professionals are like your central nervous system – you might not think about us, but HIM professionals have an impact in every aspect of the health care system.”
No fluffy courses!
Practical, comprehensive skills that HIM students learn include:
Medical background – anatomy, physiology, terminology; records management and electronic medical records; privacy legislation; basic office productivity software, health data collection and abstracting including ICD-10-CA; database design and management, statistics, how to present a meaningful report, data standards, quality management, project management, andchange management.
Why hire a new HIM grad in your practice?
An independent primary care practice can benefit from HIM professionals in their team have a strong, comprehensive understanding of medical terminology and integrated health care services. Workflow design to support clinical standards of practice and accreditation. Statistics collection and reporting to support business decision making in your practice.
HIM students also receive instruction in management related skills including basic management principles and additional instruction in project management, business case, leadership and motivation, change management, and quality management, risk management and patient safety.
Many HIM students are entering the program from previous education and degrees and previous health care related careers. Don’t assume that new grads are new to work place. If you need some help to transition from paper to EMR, or other projects to improve workflow or prepare for a new project, consider accepting a HIM student as a practicum placement in your practice.
For more tips, tools, and resources that you can use right away to learn more about the skills that HIM professionals learn, see SAIT’s HIM program website, Health Information Management Program SAIT
CHIMA (The Canadian Health Information Management Association)
Practice Management Nugget webinar interview with Lisa Proudfoot recorded live on Thursday February 19, 2015. Listen to the replay now!
Bonus tip: There are so many things you need to know to start, maintain, and grow your practice. Join us each Thursday for nuggets of information that you can use right away for your healthcare practice.
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