Health Information Management

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Health Information Management :

Health Information Management Renee Harris

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Why Health Information Management?

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“Learning about the Health Information Management profession for the first time immediately made me realize that this will pave the way to making my dream come true of being able to work in a medical setting. This profession has a uniqueness of its own and change is so constant that you will find yourself and your intelligence quite motivated at all times.” - Maria C. Pearsons , HIM Graduate

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HIM is Ranked #4 Major by US New and World Report article Approximately 12,000 to 50,000 new job anticipated by 2017 (Ahima.org)

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What is Health Information Management?

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According to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), HIM is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. It is a combination of business, science, and information technology.

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HIM Professionals have a responsibility to protect and ensure the safety of all patient health information. Working closely, with physicians, nurses, and insurance providers, HIM professionals are often at the center of healthcare information and administration.

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Want to become a HIM professional?

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To become a Health Information Management Professional, a 4 year bachelors degree or a 2 year associates degree is required from a college or university. After, graduates may sit for any of the various certification test to advance their careers. Joining large organizations such as AHIMA also helps with networking and furthering career opportunities.

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Certifications included: RHIA – Registered Health Information Administrator RHIT – Registered Health Information Technician CCS – Certified Coding Specialist CCA – Certified Coding Associate

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HIM is a combination of clinical application, business and technology. There are various Job settings HIM professionals can join, including acute care hospitals, insurance companies, Health information exchanges, and other provider settings.

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Area’s of HIM include: Coding Compliance Release of Information Risk Management Consulting Firms Pharmaceutical Research

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HIM also offers opportunities in specialized job settings such as Law, Government agencies, and Educational institutions.

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A career in HIM offers a competitive salary range. With a bachelors degree, professionals can make upwards of $75,000/year. With advance degrees, experiences, and certifications, salary can range has high as $95,000/year.

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Resources http://www.ahima.org/ http://www.ahima.org/certification/exams?tabid=him http://library.ahima.org/xpedio/groups/public/documents/ahima/bok1_050583.pdf

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