Health Information Management (HIM) improves the quality of healthcare by insuring that the best information is available to make any health care decision. HIM professionals manage health care data and information resources. The profession encompasses services in planning, data collection, analyzing, and disseminating individual patient and aggregate clinical data. It serves the health care industry including: patient care organizations payers, research and policy agencies, and health care related industries (AHIMA, January 2013).
HIM professionals include coders, medical transcriptions, cancer registrars, HIM directors, compliance officers, health data analysis, HIM system managers, directors of quality management, health information technologies and myriad of other titles that run the gamut through HIM, these are the most common.
The range is wide -salary survey for 2015 reports, the average salary is $38,000 to $42,000.
As you go up the academic and career ladder the salary increases to between $73,000 - $84,000 as a HIM director.
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Health Information Management: Graduates will hold many diverse and unique skill sets. They will be gain expertise in data collection, analysis, monitoring, maintenance and reporting activities in accordance with data quality princples, legal and regulatory standards, and professional best practice guidelines. These functions encompass, among other areas, processing and using health data for treatment, billing, compliance, and surveillance purposes.