What is Health Information Management?
Health information management (HIM) improves the quality of health care by ensuring the best information is available for a health care team to treat its patients. “HIM professionals manage health care data and information resources. The profession encompasses services in planning, collecting aggregating, 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).
Where do HIM professionals work?
Anywhere from quiet home offices to bustling hospital HIM departments. You may work for government agencies or professional associates. HIM professionals can be found throughout the healthcare system.
How much do HIM professionals earn?
The range is wide. A salary survey for 2015 reported the average salary is between $38,000 and $42,000. As you go up the academic and career ladder, the salary increases to between $73,000 and $84,000 as a HIM director.
Where can I find schools to become an HIM professional?
At Klamath Community College!
Earn your Health Information Management AAS degree, and be prepared to go places!