Health Information Management
Health information management (HIM) professionals have skills and competencies in health data management, information policy, information systems, administrative and clinical work flow. HIM is focused on operations management—essential to ensuring an accurate and complete medical record and cost effective information processing.
In acute care hospitals, HIM is often part of the team including the Information Technology (IT) staff and clinical informatics professionals that oversee electronic health records (EHRs).
HIM skills are critical to continuous quality improvement, regulatory requirements, and revenue cycle processes, ensuring the availability of accurate health data. The role of HIM in helping medical practices adopt electronic health records is growing and is an ideal skill set for EHR technical assistance.
HIM is a value-added “bridge” between clinicians, payors, regulators, patients, consumers and technology (EHRs, personal health records), with critical skills and competencies essential to building the nationwide health information network (NHIN) and health information exchanges (HIEs).