Health Informatics and Information Management

About Health Informatics and Information Management

Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) is the study of the principles and practices of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. It is the link to clinicians, technology designers, and information technology; and is the value-adding bridge between leadership and management of health information in all formats (paper, scanned, or computerized forms), and are a critical component of the electronic health record (EHR) work-force.  Health informatics and Information Management also focuses on information systems, informatics principles, and information technology as it is applied to the continuum of healthcare delivery.  In summary, Health Informatics and Information management is a combination of business, science, and information technology.
HI professionals also work on the classification of diseases and treatments to ensure they are standardized for clinical, financial, and legal uses in healthcare. HI professionals care for patients by caring for their medical data and are responsible for the quality, integrity, security, and protection of patients’ health information.


Curriculum
The health informatics and information management curriculum is made up of two parts: the pre-professional curriculum and the professional curriculum. In the pre-professional program, the student will complete two years of basic science and general education courses. Then, the student will complete two years of intensive coursework in health informatics and information management. This experience includes, but is not limited to, laboratory and supervised professional practice experiences at area health care facilities.

Professional Practice Experience
Each student, upon acceptance into the HIIM program, is required to participate in supervised learning experiences, known as Professional Practice Experiences in the technical and administrative aspects of health informatics and information management in the Tallahassee and surrounding area health care facilities.  A student may also have additional opportunities to complete Professional Practice Experiences with other facilities located in other cities and states. The health informatics and  information management student is also required to participate in a four-week management internship in a health care facility. The student's preferences of the choice of the facility are considered; however, the faculty reserves the right to select alternative internship sites which serve the best interests and needs of the student to complete the education requirements. Clearing a criminal background check is required prior to advancing to the clinical/professional practice experience component of the curriculum.

Professional Credentials
A bachelor of science degree is awarded upon completion of the curriculum. A graduate is eligible to take the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).

Program Accreditation
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
The Health Information Management accreditor of Florida A&M University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The University’s accreditation for Baccalaureate degree in Health Informatics and Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2021.  All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.
CAHIIM serves the public interest by establishing quality standards for the educational preparation of future health information management professionals.  When a program is accredited by CAHIIM, it means that it has voluntarily undergone a rigorous review process and has been determined to meet or exceed the accreditation standards.

The Health Informatics and Information Management B.S. degree program at Florida A&M University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM is the accrediting organization for degree-granting programs in health informatics and information management.  CAHIIM serves the public interest by establishing quality standards for the educational preparation of future health information management professionals.  When a program is accredited by CAHIIM, it means that it has voluntarily undergone a rigorous review process and has been determined to meet or exceed the accreditation standards.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Program Outcomes
  • In the 2019-2020 academic year, the Division of Health Informatics and Information Management had a 100% graduation rate.
  • In the 2019-2020 academic year, the Division of Health Informatics and Information Management had an employment rate of 94% employment rate (within one year of graduation).  
  • In the 2019-2020 academic year, the Division of Health Informatics and Information Management had a 100% acceptance rate into a graduate program.

FAMU Health Informatics and Information Management Program is one of the top programs within the Nation.

Florida A&M University was named as having one of the Top 25 Health Information Management Degree Programs in our most recent ranking!  Florida A&M University HIIM program, was recognized in part for offering pre-professional and professional programs, where the former contains foundational science, humanities, and communications courses and the latter consists primarily of laboratory and supervised clinical work.  All of the schools considered for this top ranking are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).  Schools were ranked based on professional development, skills training, internship requirement, culminating experience, RHIA exam preparation, research component, and net cost.

For more - http://www.healthcare-management-degree.net/best/health-information-management/

Health Information Management Profession Links
www.ahima.org “American Health Information Management Association"
www.fhima.org “Florida Health Information Management ”
www.my.ahima.org/careermap “American Health Information Management Career Map ”
https://careerassist.ahima.org/ “American Health Information Management Job Board ”


Articles and Resources Highlighting HIIM Career and Workforce Issues

https://journal.ahima.org/navigating-todays-him-job-market/
https://journal.ahima.org/him-the-journey-to-the-best-seat-in-healthcare/
https://journal.ahima.org/why-electronic-case-reporting-is-vital-during-pandemics/
https://journal.ahima.org/documenting-acute-encephalopathy-in-covid-19-patients/

YouTube Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBT81CCRw8g


Professional Tasks and Working Environment
Health Informatics and Information Management encompasses (a) understanding the impact technology has on people, (b) the development of new uses for technology, and (c) the application of information technology in the context of another field. Florida A&M University offers a B. S. degree in, Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM). This degree prepares graduates for informatics and information related roles in the health care delivery system.

RHIAs organize the data evidence used in evidence-based medicine. They arm the provider with organized information evidence to support patient care, reimbursement, teaching, research, quality improvement, and legal inquiries. Accomplished in the art and science of electronic information systems, and Health care processes, these professionals serve as advocates of the patient-provider relationship and the information suppliers for the business side of evidence-based medicine. 

Skills and Interests Most Suited to a Career in Health Informatics and Information Management
HIIM professionals manage people and information. They must be able to supervise others, think logically, understand how systems function and interact, apply business theory for effective work processes, write and speak clearly, and discreetly handle confidential information. HIIM professionals who have interests in computer science, business administration, health science, and health care facility administration are well suited for a career in this career.

Employment and Career Opportunities
Opportunities for a health information management career are excellent. HIM professionals are in demand now and the future outlook is equally as strong. HIM professionals enjoy a broad selection of job opportunities and options for professional growth. Based on your skills, education, and interests, here are some positions available to you:

With a Bachelor's Degree:
  • HIIM Department Director
  • HIIM System Manager
  • Data Quality Manager
  • Chief Privacy Officer 
  • Information Security Officer 
  • HIIM College Instructor
  • Consultant
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Revenue Cycle Manager
  • Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist
  • Compliance & Risk Manager
  • Clinical Informatics Manager
Professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the health care industry, from hospitals, clinics, insurance agencies, to software vendors.

Growth and Income
The salary for health informatics and information management professionals can vary depending upon the type and size of the facility, whether it is in private industry or health care organization, geographic location, job responsibilities, experience, and education. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of medical and health services managers will grow by 32 percent between 2019 and 2029—far outpacing the average for all occupations in the United States.  According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of HIIM professionals is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations Delete. On top of strong job prospects, competitive salaries also await HIIM graduates.  The median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $94,500.  According to a recent salary survey, the average annual full-time HIIM salary across all work settings is $83,734 and an average salary for an HIM Director is $100,620.  New HIIM graduates with a bachelor’s degree and the RHIA credential start with an average salary of $50,000.
https://www.ahima.org/media/d5ibycdp/salary-survey-report.pdf  “AHIMA US Salary Survey Report HIM Professionals in 2019”

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