Health Information Management (HIM) encompasses a wide scope of practice with an ever-increasing number of roles drawing from the core skill sets learned in an accredited HIM Program. The HIM career path spans many types of organizations and diverse roles. All HIM opportunities have, at their core, managing health information regardless of format, creator or purpose. HIM professionals are part of a team of people, processes and technology that work together to enable and support quality care of the individual.
Health Information Management (HIM) encompasses a wide scope of practice with an ever-increasing number of roles each drawing from the core skill sets learned in an accredited HIM program. From its roots in managing Health Records in a hospital, the HIM career path spans many types of organizations and diverse roles. All HIM opportunities have as their core, managing health information regardless of format (paper, electronic, mixed media), creator (physician, nurse, physiotherapist etc.), or purpose (for care, for research, for funding, etc.).
HIM professionals are the only certified experts in the science and technology of health information management. Their key role is to maintain the integrity and confidentiality of personal health information within the Domains of Practice: Data Quality, Privacy, eHIM and Health Information Management standards.
HIM’s work with the entire clinical team. The HIM professional assists the health system (from consumer to researchers) in managing access to data: who can see what, when, under what circumstances, etc. An HIM professional could be a Privacy Analyst, Access Coordinator, Chief Privacy Officer, Health Information Broker, Information Security Officer, Audit Manager, etc. These roles exist in everything from individual clinics to Privacy Commissions, government, or any agency that collects or manages health information.
Only graduates of CHIMA recognized health information management education programs may take the national certification examination.
National certification provides the graduate with recognition and portability of credentials across Canada. Upon certification, individuals become bound by the profession’s Code of Ethics. Certification is required for active membership with CHIMA.
What will the role of HIMs be when the Ehealth record gets rolled out across Canada?
HIM work is pervasive across the Canadian health care landscape. HIM professionals ensure quality health data is available for immediate patient care - for disease surveillance, for planning and managing resources, for research and many other secondary uses. HIM professionals are highly skilled in data collection, coding and classification, data analysis and use, information and records management. They understand the processes to maintain the paper and hybrid record and work with other professionals to develop, deploy, and maintain the EHR. Their roles will require retraining and receiving advanced certifications to become leaders in information lifecycle management rather than leaders in records management.