November 6-12, 2011 is Health Information and Technology Week
Margo Kerrigan, M.P.H., Area Director
Indian Health Service California Area Office
November 6-12, 2011 is Health Information and Technology Week. This year's theme is "Accurate Health Information for Care YOU Trust". This observance is co-sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA).
Health information professionals care for patients by caring for their medical data. They ensure that all of a patient's health information is complete, accurate, and protected, yet readily available for healthcare providers when needed. These professionals affect the quality of patient information and patient care at every touch point in the healthcare delivery cycle.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) issued a press release on January 19, 2011 citing an article from Perspectives in Health Information Management (PHIM) which stated "Rural and Native Americans, ethnic minorities in poor, urban communities and Alaskan Natives often suffer negative health outcomes disproportionately due to a lack of access to various health information technology (HIT) tools". The full article is available at: http://www.ahima.org/pr/PHIM%20Winter%20Edition.pdf (PDF 630KB).
Organizations with skilled HIM professionals on staff insure that the right information is available when and where it is needed while maintaining the highest standards of data integrity, confidentiality, and security. Careers in health information management (HIM) and health informatics are popular due to the diversity of job settings and practice specialties. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for health information professionals will increase by 20 percent through 2018. The American Health Information Association's Career website at http://www.hicareers.com/ is a great place to learn about dynamic HIM career opportunities, certification and career path options, recruitment tools, results of salary studies, and more.
Learn more about the impact of health information management on your health care at: http://ahima.org/marketing/2011_HITWeek_ArticleQuiz_Public.pdf