Wednesday, 28 December 2011


Education is an important aspect in being successful in the world of health information management (HIM) .There is no more challenging atmosphere than today’s ever-changing healthcare environment. The more healthcare regulations change and expand, and the more issues such as privacy and computerized records gain center stage, the greater the demand will be for HIM professionals. If you have an interest in healthcare and information technology, health information management may be the right career choice for you.

Positioned at the heart of the health care system, health information management (HIM) professionals’ responsibilities include  planning information systems, develop health policy, and identify current and future information needs contributing both to the healthcare system and to people’s health for medical decision making and patient care planning.

What Do Health Information Professionals Do?
What is The Best Part of the HIM Job?
  • Health information professionals design and manage information systems in the healthcare system. 
  • Health information professionals collect and generate records and reports about patients who are being treated by doctors and other clinicians.
  • Health information professionals use science of informatics to manage the health information to meet the legal, professional, ethical and administrative records-keeping requirements of health care delivery.
 Health information professionals report the following aspects of the HIM job as most satisfying:

  • Contact with a wide range of people and professions
  • Challenges brought on by developments in healthcare and information technology
  • The design and use of sophisticated health information systems
  • Opportunities to specialize in computing, financial and health services management
  • Being part of the healthcare team to plan, train and implement health policies.
  • Planning of research projects to revise and expand the existing policies and procedures
  • To use their clinical knowledge of disease and surgical procedures, technical knowledge of computer systems and databases and their management skills to set up and monitor these systems.
They play a key role in the security and legal use of people's medical records and health information by establishing appropriate procedures and handling and protecting personal data.