) is a national non-profit professional association, founded in 1928, dedicated to the effective management of personal health information needed to deliver quality healthcare to the public.
AHIMA’s 71,000+ members are health information management professionals who specialize in managing and protecting your personal health information and medical records in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and other healthcare settings.
Health information management professionals care for your health by caring for your health information. Their job is to make sure that all the medical information collected about you is complete, accurate, and protected, yet, readily available for your healthcare providers when it’s needed.
AHIMA’s vision and values have always been people-centered. After all, the goal of effective HIM is to provide quality healthcare to the public. As part of our mission to serve as a resource for the public, AHIMA is working to help individuals become better managers of their own personal health information by sponsoring a public service initiative that draws upon the unique expertise of AHIMA and its members.
Personal health information is a valuable resource to individuals, their families, and the doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who provide treatment and care. HIM professionals are reaching out—at the community level—to share their knowledge of health information and medical records directly with the public in order to help them better understand and manage their personal health information and thus improve the quality of care they receive.
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Health information management is the study of the principles and practices of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care.
A career in Health Information Management or Information Technology is right for you if you:
- See yourself in a career that offers diverse opportunities
- Would like to work in health care, but not directly with patients
- Have an aptitude for science, but also like management, law, and computers
- Enjoy working with professionals: physicians, nurses, lawyers, administrators and executives
- Want a career where you can choose to work on your own, with others, or some of both
The Health Information Management (HIM) and Health Information Technology (HIT) programs incorporate the disciplines of medicine, management, finance, information technology, and law into one curriculum. Because of this unique mixture, HIM graduates can choose from a variety of work settings across an array of healthcare environments.
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