Workforce Transformation

CHIMA lead the HIM Workforce Transformation project to leverage the work that the HIM industry had previously completed in understanding the changing HIM role in the broader health sector. CHIMA, working with key stakeholders characterized future roles and functions of HIM professionals and future certification and skills upgrading that will be needed. The rapidly changing health information environment will require HIM professionals with the education and skills necessary to both implement and manage the Electronic Health Record (EHR). The report, Transforming Health Information Mangement; The Evolution of the HIM Professional outlines the strategic plan to educate and prepare HIM professionals for the future.

The purpose of this report is to educate members and the health care industry about the importance of the evolving and expanding role of the certified HIM professional and to increase awareness regarding the competencies of the HIM profession. We are proud to present these findings and invite you to contribute by providing your feedback.

Over the past several months, CHIMA senior leaders have met with key stakeholders including the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Canada Health Infoway, Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) and CHIEFS (COACH’s forum for Chief Information Officers) to discuss and present the evolution and future roles of Health Information Management in Canada.

Please join us as we move forward in the rapidly changing health information environment.

To read the report please click HERE.

ISO/TC 215 Health Informatics International
Standards and Project Catalog

This catalog provides a user friendly and interoperability-focused view into the health informatics standards - published and under development - as of Fall 2017. CHIMA supports the work of Canada’s ISO/TC 215 Standards Mirror Committee through member contributions, subject matter expertise, and attendance at Working Group meetings. This Catalogue will be of interest to HIM professionals interested in Terminology Standards work; and digital health/eHealth implementation and maintenance. 

Standards - the agreements for data clarity, accuracy, and safety - are the underpinnings of a health data exchange. The standards contained within this catalogue support the foundational, structural, and semantic interoperability of shared health data communication in a secure and private digital environment. The development of these standards is an ongoing process undertaken by a group of mostly volunteer senior and leading health informatics experts from Canada and 30 other countries. These globally developed and accepted standards are available for all in our public health care community, in our private sector, and for those vendors and consultants that build, implement, and support the digital solutions for our health data recording, collection, storage, and exchange. 

This Catalog provides an organized listing of the ISO/TC 215 standards, sorted by interoperability categories. The categories are the functional, semantic, and technical standards to support interoperability. A more detailed listing of each type of standard is organized under business and functional; data, information content, and identifier; and information exchange, privacy and security, and safety categories, respectively. 

An introduction to the standard, with details on the scope, normative references, terms and definitions, and bibliography can be found under the “preview” button of any published health informatics standard on the global ISO website ( To find further information about any of the standards contained herein, simply “Google” a particular standard and select the ISO online browsing platform for that standard which will provide the overview and the preview of the standard of interest.


Information Governance
for Canadian Healthcare

Positioning the work of the CHIMA Information Governance Summit Participants within the Evolving Framework of Information Governance for Canada:

A Summary Document

Introduction: In mid-2016 the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) and Iron Mountain (IM) partnered to begin to discuss the importance of “Information Governance (IG)”. The goal of this partnership was to bring together pan-Canadian Health Care leaders to develop best practices and leading ideas for Information Governance. Attached is the final document.

Revised July 2018 - White Paper:
An Essential Guide to Clinical Documentation Improvement.

While the documentation in the health record has always been critical to the patient, the physician, and the health care organization, hospitals are paying an increasing amount of attention to the quality of the documentation and the resulting data that is abstracted. Studies have shown that improving clinical documentation improves patient outcomes and provides for better planning and delivery of services. Optimal Clinical Documentation is essential for timely, quality coding. This White Paper will be an essential tool for the HIM professional. Download it now!

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Human Resources Outlook 2014-2019

Sector Study

Released June 2014, at e-Health 2014 in Vancouver, key industry changes and their impact on the HI and HIM professions – now numbering 39,900 professionals – are identified in the HI & HIM Human Resources Outlook 2014 – 2019 report. Highlights of the report include:

  • Retirement will be a major challenge with 5,023 professionals
    expected to retire between 2014 and 2019.
  • Projected moderation in the pace of e-Health investments; the shift to supporting, optimizing, and utilization of e-Health technologies; the integration of new technologies into the healthcare system; and increasing clinical and productivity benefits from existing investments will create a demand for corresponding roles.
  • Roles under greater demand and/or at “High Risk” of skills shortages include those in data analytics, architecture, security and privacy standards, data quality, information governance, business analysis, and clinical informatics.
  • The need to broaden the skills of current clinical professionals.
  • HI & HIM professionals are being drawn to the US as a result of rapid acceleration of e-Health investment there.

Download the Report | Version Française

Introducing the Canadian Health Information Management Lifecycle

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This resource will provide a framework to help answer the following questions:

  • What is the legal health record in a hybrid or electronic environment? 
  • How is information protected, shared, and exchanged across jurisdictions?
  • How are data quality and data integrity maintained when data are collected from a number of different sources and devices? 
  • Who is the custodian of the health record in a shared environment?

And so much more…. 

Key Features:

Offers considerations and guiding principles for the Canadian Health Information Management Lifecycle, such as:

  • collection and capture of data and organization of the data into information
  • maintenance and preservation in a secure and private environment
  • use and disclosure via authorized and authenticated paths
  • final disposition and destruction, and
  • evaluation and maintenance of the entire process.

This 290 page resource is available through our publisher at this link
for the low cost of $54.95, plus applicable taxes. An eBook is also available for $24.95.

What Key Stakeholders Are Saying About the Canadian Lifecycle…

“The concept of a Health Information Management Lifecycle is an essential underpinning for the    increasingly important and complex world of health, health information and its management.  The health system depends on information to provide quality care, as well as to support analytics, management and evaluation.  Yet, in today’s world there is so much information it can be overwhelming; structure is needed to ensure that we make the best possible use of the information that is available.  This reference document provides that needed structure, outlining the health information management lifecycle, its underlying principles and associated best practices.  Those who manage health information will find it an invaluable aid in considering many areas of their work including those related to topics such as use, access, disclosure and retention of information.”

Joan Roch, M.Sc. Chief Privacy Strategist, Canada Health Infoway

“This HIM lifecycle resource will be useful to a wide range of jurisdictions that manage health information. The document will provide a summary of the recommended leading practices and principles related to managing health information throughout its lifecycle, regardless of the type of jurisdiction or information media.”

Stephen O’Reilly, Executive Director/Associate CIO, Information Technology Services, Canadian Institute for Health Information

“The minute I started reading, I knew this book was destined to be my most trusted choice for the management of health information in Canadian healthcare.  This source is clear and concise and offers much more information than I expected.  Thank you to all of the professionals who contributed to this valuable creation.”

Sue Schneider, BA, CHIM, CPHIMS-CA, Director, eHealth Standards, Architecture and Standards, eHealth Ontario