What Is Health Information Management?
When a patient has an encounter in the health information management system – whether it is a check up with their doctor, a surgery or a hospitalization – information is generated about that patient, their health and the visit.
That health information is necessary, not only from a patient care standpoint, but also for billing and quality. Someone in the healthcare system has to manage that patient information behind the scenes and that’s where Health Information Management professionals come in.
Health Information Management – also known as H-I-M – is the practice of acquiring, analyzing and protecting medical information vital to providing quality patient care. It is a combination of business, health science, and information technology.
Health Information Management professionals work in a variety of different settings providing many different job avenues. They often serve in bridge roles – connecting clinical, operational and administrative functions.
Health Information Management professionals care for patients by caring for their medical data. Having skilled H.I.M. professionals on staff ensures an organization has the right information on hand – when and where it is needed – while maintaining the highest standards of data integrity, confidentiality and security.
H.I.M. professionals possess a unique skill set – understanding the health care system and the flow of patients and their information within it. They are invaluable in today’s workforce. Want more information? Visit the Ohio Health Information Management Association’s website at www.