Health Information Management
Health information management (HIM) is the practice of maintenance and care of health records by traditional (paper-based) and electronic means in hospitals, physician’s office clinics, health departments, health insurance companies, and other facilities that provide health care or maintenance of health records.
With the widespread computerization of health records and other information sources, including hospital administration functions and health human resources information, health informatics and health information technology are being increasingly utilized in information management practices in the health care sector. (wikipedia. rg/wiki/Health_information_management) Health information management’s standards history is dated back to the introduction of the American Health Information Management Association, founded in 1928 “when the American College of Surgeons established the Association of Record Librarians of North America (ARLNA) to ‘elevate the standards of clinical records in hospitals and other medical institutions.
Retrieved 2010-01-08. In 1938, AHIMA was known as American Association of Medical Record Librarians (AAMRL) and its members were known as medical record experts or librarians who studied medical record science.
The goal of this career was to raise the standards of keeping records in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The individuals involved in this profession were promoters for the successful management of clinical records to guarantee their precision.
In 1970 the organization changed its name to the American Medical Record Association (AMRA). Medical records professionals found employment in hospitals, health clinics, insurance companies, and other organizations that used medical records. In 1991 the organization became known as the American Health Information Management Association. As the organization grows, so does the need for more education in the field.
The Administration has more responsibilities and more areas to govern; therefore their knowledge must also increase continually. Continuing education is a requirement for most employers. The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) defines standards which higher education health information management and technology programs must meet to qualify for accreditation.
Students who graduate from an accredited associate’s, bachelor’s or certificate program are qualified to sit for their respective exams for certification as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) – via graduation from an accredited associate or certification program – or Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), which requires education through an accredited bachelor or certification program.