Fast-paced changes in technology have accelerated demand for HIM professionals whose responsibility is to ensure that the health information used in care, research, and health management is valid, accurate, complete, trustworthy, and timely. While technology can improve data quality and efficiency in consumer healthcare, management of that information is one of the most complex challenges facing healthcare organizations today.
Health Information and Technology (HI&T) Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness and celebrate the progress and benefits of HIM and IT professionals working in tandem to deliver quality healthcare through quality information.
The AHIMA Web site (ahima.org) provides an HI&T Week planning kit. Materials in this kit include:
- Articles and quizzes
- Suggested activities
- PowerPoint presentation
- HI&T Week merchandise
- Other resources
Representing more than 60,000 specially educated HIM professionals in the United States and around the world, AHIMA is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices, and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. http://www.ahima.org/About CHIMA
CHIMA was founded in 1942 to provide a national forum for HIM 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. http://www.echima.ca/
###HI&T Week logo courtesy of Bells International, Inc.
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For my own part, there are the several HIT professionals that have been recognized over this past year in this blog. Please consider nominating someone by selecting the contact me link. If an adequate candidate is nominated this week, I'll post the announcement on Friday. The selection criteria may be arbitrary, but the honor is not.