Health Information Professionals Week Touts "Accurate Data, Excellent Care” During 24th Annual Celebration
HIP Week Set for March 17â€’23, 2013
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) will honor and celebrate health information professionals during the 24th annual Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week March 17â€’23, 2013. This year’s theme is “Accurate Data, Excellent Care.”
“Health information management (HIM) professionals are a critical linchpin in our healthcare system, and the American Health Information Management Association is proud to recognize the contributions of these individuals,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. “Our hope is Health Information Professionals Week will increase awareness of the vital role HIM professionals play in the success and efficiency of our healthcare system landscape.”
Ogeechee Technical College Health Information Technology (HIT) program director, Janyce House, said that the program will celebrate Health Information Professionals Week by setting up a display at the College to inform others about the importance of HIM professionals and the work they do. “Often Health Information Management is a part of healthcare that people never see, but the work is vital in keeping accurate records of care, providing supporting evidence for insurance and other claims, and helping ensure a patient’s medical history is available to help physicians make precise decisions for care,” stated House. “With the advent of the Electronic Health Record the importance and scope of HIM continues to increase.” The Health Information Technology program at Ogeechee Tech is available completely online, according to House, which allows students from great distances to conveniently access the program. House added that a Health Information Technology student club has just been founded at the College. “The students hope to develop service projects, fundraisers, and attend regional, state, and national meetings of the AHIMA,” said House.
HIP Week 2013 will coincide with AHIMA’s Hill Day, an event where AHIMA members visit Capitol Hill and share the importance of advancing HIM. Data governance, privacy and security, and fraud and abuse concerns continue to be key issues for HIM professionals, and AHIMA is ready to provide guidance to HIM workers, consumers, and government leaders seeking counsel.
“As new technology and policies evolve, HIM professionals’ jobs have drastically changed over time, and they must adapt their skill set to ensure the best patient care and safety,” said Ms. Thomas Gordon. “â€›Accurate Data, Excellent Care’ is not only a theme we recognize during this specific week, but one that is at the forefront of our daily work.”
Keeping data accurate and secure, while using it as an analytic tool, is one of the biggest challenges healthcare organizations face. While HIP Week acknowledges the past accomplishments of HIM professionals, future endeavors to properly use this data, as it exponentially grows over time, is equally recognized as it will shape future improvements in our healthcare system.
To provide greater public outreach for HIP Week, AHIMA will again partner with the Canadian Health Information Management Association to promote the shared goals of both organizations.
Representing more than 65,000 specially educated HIM professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices, and effective standards in health information, and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. ahima.org
Ogeechee Technical College’s HIT program is accredited by the American Health Information Management Association, Commission on Education Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management. Students completing the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Information Technology at Ogeechee Tech are eligible to take the AHIMA national examination for certification as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). “We are always happy to welcome new students to the program,” stated House. She may be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about the HIT program at Ogeechee Tech
The Canadian Health Information Management Association was founded in 1942 to provide a national forum for HIM professionals to share their expertise. Its federal charter was obtained in 1949. CHIMA represents more than 3,700 certified HIM professionals from across Canada in addition to 1,300 affiliate, student, and retired members. CHIMA is the certifying body for HIM programs in Canadian colleges and universities, and certifies HIM professionals through the Canadian College of Health Information Management. echima.ca
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