AHIMA Health Information Professionals Week (HIP WEEK) April 17 – 21, 2023 recognizes and celebrates health information professionals and their extraordinary impact on healthcare. Health information (HI) professionals play an important role in healthcare. They are the link between clinicians, administrators, technology designers, operations, and information technology professionals, working behind the scenes to improve patient care, the delivery of health care services, and to make healthcare more cost-effective.
AHIMA Health Information Professionals Week (HIP WEEK) is April 17 – 21, 2023 to recognize and celebrate health information professionals and their extraordinary impact on healthcare.
Health information (HI) professionals play an essential role in modern healthcare. They are highly trained in the latest technology applications, so they understand the workflow process in healthcare provider organizations. HI professionals work behind the scenes, using technology and data to improve patient care and the delivery of health care services, and to make healthcare more cost-effective.
Currently, AHIMA defines HI professionals as follows: “Health information (HI) professionals are highly trained in the latest information management technology applications. They understand the workflow process in healthcare provider organizations, from large hospital systems to private physician practices, and are vital to the daily operations management of health information and electronic health records (EHRs). They ensure a patient’s health information is complete, accurate, and protected.
HI professionals have an extraordinary impact. They are the link between clinicians, administrators, technology designers, operations, and information technology professionals.”
As technology has evolved, electronic health records have become standard practice. Healthcare organizations collect and generate tremendous amounts of highly sensitive information about patients every day. Part of this data is personally identifiable information (PII) that qualifies as protected health information (PHI) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
Health information management (HIM) helps with legal and regulatory compliance. HI professionals know about the application of appropriate information governance principles and how to protect PII, PHI, and other sensitive data from unauthorized disclosure.
Planning and preparation is key. PCG’s successful HI professionals know how to adapt in this ever-changing healthcare environment. With more than 15 years of experience in a variety of HIM practice areas every PCG consultant keeps pace with the speed of change in healthcare.
Join us this April to honor the HI profession, successes and impact during HIP WEEK and throughout the year.