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What is Health Information Management?

By: Maria Veras

Published On: August 16, 2022

When someone mentions careers in the health field, many times the first thoughts are doctors, nurses, counsellors, etc. However, as the healthcare industry evolves so do the tools that are critical to providing the best care. One key part is health information and how that is organized, to provide patients privacy and the right information. If you are interested in both technology and healthcare, look no further than the Diploma in Health Information Management. This career program combines the teachings of biology, technology, and security to provide a fantastic career for students. 

What is Health Informatics? 

Health Informatics, also known as Health information systems, combines informational science, computer science and healthcare and relies on information technology. Health information professionals organize and analyze health records to improve healthcare outcomes. A patient's medical history is key to ensuring an accurate diagnosis and treatment, which is why the storage and organization of such information is so important. Professionals in this field are critical to ensuring smooth communication between different health channels and healthcare personnel by building communication protocols in their facilities. The field is wide and so far, covers these fields: 

  • Data informatics 
  • Decision support systems 
  • Telemedicine, 
  • Ethics 
  • Consumer health informatics 
  • International healthcare systems 
  • Global health informatics 
  • Translational research informatics 
  • Home care 
  • Information security 
  • Data privacy 
  • Artificial intelligence 
  • Healthcare 

The Health Information field  

This is a continuously growing field. As medical technology advances so does the need for skilled health information workers. There is an estimated 0.8 percent growth in the years 2021-2026, and a 1.8 percent growth in the years 2026-2031. This means a great outlook for prospective jobs in the health information management industry. As a Health Information Management professional, you can be employed by both public and private institutions, expanding your job prospects. The Health Information Management Diploma provides a great foundation for professionals to enter the field, while also having the potential to upgrade their education if they choose to. 

Health Information Management Duties  

Many careers can fall under the health information management field, your specific duties will change depending on your job title. However, some of the everyday tasks you will be expected to complete include: 

  • Implementing health information systems and processes in order to confirm the complete and accurate documentation of medical records 
  • Working with various medical staff, including nurses and doctors, to improve the quality and accuracy of patient data 
  • Code, or collaborate with coders, to ensure secure and bug-free systems for managing health information 
  • Collaborate with compliance officers that regularly track audits and denials from third-party auditors and insurance companies and find trends in the data 

More about the Health Information Management Diploma Program  

Ashton College provides a fantastic two-year Health Information Management program that prepares graduates for a long, successful career in the field. If you are nervous about the more technical aspects of the field, no need to worry, this program covers a wide range of topics including medical terminology and examining health tics. Apply now to join for upcoming full-time classes starting September 12, 2022. Both in-person and live-online classes are available. Looking for more information or have any questions to ask? Join us for the upcoming live info session happening on August 30, 2022, at 2:00 pm PST. 

Disclaimer 

The information contained in this post is considered true and accurate as of the publication date. However, the accuracy of this information may be impacted by changes in circumstances that occur after the time of publication. Ashton College assumes no liability for any error or omissions in the information contained in this post or any other post in our blog. 

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