Tuesday, March 18, 2014

HIM Weekly Wednesday - Happy Health Information Professionals Week!

Hello HIM Students! I know it’s Tuesday and I am a day early, but I will be in-flight tomorrow and I want to be sure you get this message before the week is half over!

Health Information Professionals Week Focuses on “Transforming Healthcare with Information” During 25th Annual Celebration

The American Health Information Management Association honors and celebrates health information professionals this week for Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week, March 16-22, 2014. This year's theme is “Transforming Healthcare with Information.”

“The work health information management (HIM) professionals do to ensure the integrity of health information is imperative to clinical and administrative decision making. Access to accurate information helps all of us make important decisions and leads to a healthy society,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. “AHIMA’s Health Information Professionals Week spotlights the important role HIM professionals play in our healthcare system.”

HIP Week 2014 coincides with AHIMA’s Hill Day, an event where AHIMA members visit Capitol Hill and share the importance of advancing HIM. Information 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 the healthcare industry and government leaders seeking counsel.

“AHIMA's vision is a world in which healthcare decisions are informed by instant access to intelligence,” said Thomas Gordon. “In this vision, data is a critical asset. This year's theme, ‘Transforming Healthcare with Information,’ describes the future we want to see and reminds us that HIM professionals' work is supporting quality of care and population health today.”

As the focus in healthcare shifts from the ability to collect data to using information effectively, healthcare organizations will continue to depend on HIM professionals as leaders in this area. With their expertise in management of information, as well as data integrity and analytics, health information professionals are well positioned to move the healthcare industry into a transformed future.

I am looking forward to celebrating HIP week with many of you at our HIM Open House Thursday evening! If you need more information about the Open House please let me know!

Cindy Glewwe, M.Ed., RHIA
Director, Health Information Management Program
Charter Oak State College
55 Paul J. Manafort Drive
New Britain, CT 06053
(Ph.) 860-515-3833


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