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Health Information Management (HIM) professionals are Allied Health Professionals, responsible for collecting, capturing, storing, analyzing, distributing and protecting medical information fundamental to providing quality patient care.
The information supplied by Health Information Managers is used by Physicians and other healthcare professionals to provide optimum patient care and support important medical decisions.
A Health Information Manager can work for Information Technology companies, Health Insurance companies, State and federal health departments, Public and private hospitals or Community health services.
The main duties of a Health Information Manager include:
- Coordinating healthcare information from paper based and electronic patient records
- Designing and managing healthcare information systems
- Using clinical and technical knowledge to set up and monitor healthcare information systems
- Documenting procedures on data protection
- Planning and implementing Information Management projects
- Adhering to Federal Government regulations in regard to security of electronic patient records
Education & Qualifications:
To become a health information manager, you will need to complete a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited program. The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) offers accreditation. Typical subjects of a Health Information Management Bachelor’s Degree Program include:
Biomedical sciences, coding and management of clinical data, legal aspects of health information, database management, statistics, quality improvement methods, and computer technology in relation to health information systems.
Salary & Job Prospects:
Health Information Managers can earn salaries from $30,000 to $90,000. Salaries are dependent on work setting, job title, job industry, education level and certification. Health Information Management Consultants can earn salaries in excess of $90,000. Health Information Managers are in high demand, due to statuary regulation which stipulates that all healthcare facilities must have electronic records of patient’s files.
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Below is a list of some of the various types of allied health careers / professions: