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TITLE : DIRECTOR OF HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT OVERVIEW
There are numerous developments that are taking place in the health industry. This is partly due
to the development in technology and emergence of numerous diseases that the human
population is suffering from therefore the need of better health services. This paper discusses the
health information management (HIM) from a director’s approach. It discusses what it entails,
educational requirement and career opportunities in HIM. It also touches on identity theft in the
health sector. It looks at how to improve communication in the IT department, and finally it
looks at certification of several categories of a profession in HIM.
Health information management profession
To describe HIM profession entirely we will look at; what it entails, employment opportunities,
salary, education requirements, who is fit for a career in HIM and finally the best part of HIM
What it entails – HIM is a blend of science, business and information technology. A
professional in the health information management is an expert in analyzing, reporting
and processing information, which is important to the health care industry. Since all ranks
of staff members in a health facility depend on this information to perform their jobs.
This profession blends computer knowledge and business in planning and developing
health information systems, that adhere to standards of regulatory agencies and credit
agencies. This means that HIM professionals use their clinical knowledge and
management skills to set up and monitor these systems. They also establish procedures to
handle and protect personal data.
They are also involved in designing health information systems suitable for different
types and sizes of healthcare facilities. The figure below shows the skills that are
integrated in health information management..
Employment opportunities – a professional in this field is not limited to only working in
hospitals, they can also work in places like; insurance companies, government agencies,
accounting firms, pharmaceutical firms and other areas. According to the labor
department, worldwide employment opportunities for a profession in HIM is growing
faster than the average for all occupations worldwide.
Salary – because of the vast job opportunities available for HIM graduates salaries are
also different depending on the job responsibility and the title. The salaries can also vary
depending on the geographical location of where an individual is employed. A bachelor’s
degree individual can on average get $30,000 - $50,000 annually.
Educational requirement – to become an accredited HIM professional, one needs to
complete an accredited undergraduate or postgraduate degree. The undergraduate degree
may take around 3 – 3.5 years. Upon completion of the degree the program the student
will receive a degree in HIM and is qualified to sit for the national registry examination
for certification. After the exam they are registered and may look for career opportunities
in all types of healthcare setting, legal setting, education setting and business setting.
Who is fit for a career in HIM – this individuals ...