“Managing Health Information for Life” Theme of 23rd Annual Health Information Professionals Week
Celebratory Week was March 25‒31, 2012
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) invites all health information professionals to join the celebration and be recognized during the 23rd annual Health Information Professionals Week (HIP). Formerly known as Health Information & Technology Week, HIP Week will run from March 25 through March 31. This year’s event is themed, “Managing Health Information for Life.”
“As health information management (HIM) professionals and AHIMA members, we need to recognize the important role we play in the continuum of healthcare. We provide the leadership and skills to tell the patient’s clinical story so that it is accurate and timely” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, FACHE, “With the new name, Health Information Professionals Week, the focus is now on each of us, the professional practitioner—not just the work that we do.”
To raise greater awareness and celebrate the evolution of health information professionals, the dates for HIP week were moved from the fall to the spring to coincide with AHIMA’s Hill Day, an event where AHIMA members converge on Capitol Hill to voice the importance of advancing HIM. HIP Week is a wonderful opportunity for professionals to showcase the benefits of their profession, working collectively to deliver quality healthcare through quality information.
“Health information professionals are trusted members of the healthcare team,” said Gordon. “Because of our efforts, clinicians are able to share vital patient information with other care providers; the quality of care is improved; the revenue cycle is enhanced; accurate research is initiated; better strategic decisions are made; and administrative operations are more efficient and cost-effective. It’s important that we take time to celebrate the health information management heroes of the healthcare industry.”
Managing health information is vital as new technology, funding, and policies continue to evolve. Because of the numerous complexities within the current healthcare landscape (for example, meaningful use, ICD-10, regional extension centers, privacy and security, health information exchange, and quality measures) the training and skill-sets of health information professionals are required for the efficient organization and management of health information. It is because of these professionals that the healthcare industry will continue to grow and advance in patient care and safety.
An HIP Week planning kit is available on the AHIMA website. Materials in this kit include:
- Suggested activities
- Articles and quizzes
- PowerPoint presentation
- HIP Week merchandise
- Other resources
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 63,000 specially educated health information management 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 contribute to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. www.ahima.org
The Canadian Health Information Management Association was founded in 1942 to provide a national forum for health information management 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. www.echima.ca