Health Information Management Professional

Health information management professionals collect, record, review and manage health information. They protect the integrity, privacy, and confidentiality of personal health information. They also collect and interpret the data that influences decisions affecting health services.

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Health records contain information about patients' medical histories and courses of treatment. For example, they may include physicians' notes, forms for prescribed medications, feedback from other members of the treatment team, or test results. 

Health information management professionals manage both the records and the information they contain. They provide guidance and knowledge to other health professionals across different organizations and care settings. Duties are different from one position to another. In general, however, health information management professionals:

  • translate information from paper documents to electronic records
  • convert a patient's diagnostic and intervention information to a standardized format using an international classification system
  • make sure that every patient's record is complete, accurate, and secure.
  • make sure that every patient’s record is readily available for appropriate release
  • identify and perform appropriate data quality checks to make sure records and databases are correct
  • protect and release patient information
  • collect additional information about patients and their hospital stays to create data about the patient population
  • use computer applications to organize, gather, sort, group, retrieve, and analyze information.

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