You’ve decided to pursue a career in health information management (HIM) or health information technology (HIT). Now, onto the next big decision. Have you thought about exactly where you want to work? This is important, because your work environment—the physical space in which you work, your boss and coworkers, and your salary and benefits—can have a profound effect on your overall happiness…. [Read More]
Job security is at the top of everyone’s priority list, because it comes with a sense of financial confidence and stability. If you’re considering a career in health information management (HIM), you are well on your way to gaining that security.
Yes, experienced HIM professionals are in-demand and have high salaries.
But which job should you aim for?… [Read More]
Do you geek out over numbers, equations, and statistics? Do you frequently question existing assumptions and processes? Do you want to stay in health care? If you answered “yes” to all three questions, then a job in healthcare data science—a field that focuses on the use of health data to inform decisions and make new discoveries—may be a good fit for you…. [Read More]
You’ve decided to pursue the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA®) credential to demonstrate your expertise in managing patient health information and medical records. After months of studying, it’s finally time to take the exam. Do you know what to expect? Here are 13 common questions and answers to help you prepare and ace the RHIA exam…. [Read More]
By Lisa A. Eramo
We’ve all heard the story. Someone earns a bachelor’s or master’s degree, is unable to land a decent-paying job, and ends up financially strapped because of a less-than-ideal income, student loan debt, and an inability to progress in the field.
The good news is if you graduate with a health information management (HIM) or health information technology (HIT) degree, you don’t have to worry about that. It’s not a matter of whether you will find a decent-paying job—but rather, which job you will choose when multiple offers come your way. This is because HIM and HIT professionals are in high demand, and they have the salaries to prove it.
How much will you actually make as a health information professional? How do HIM and HIT salaries compare? Here are the answers to those questions and more…. [Read More]
You want to work in the healthcare field, but the idea of providing direct patient care isn’t something that interests you. Have you ever considered a career as a health information management (HIM) director? HIM directors are highly trained in the business aspects of health care, including overseeing the integrity of all clinical and financial data. They’re responsible for ensuring that providers can access accurate and complete health information when and where they need it…. [Read More]
By Lisa A. Eramo
It’s a fact: without clinical coded data, population health monitoring (PHM) programs could not function. PHM programs are all about the data. The data tells a story that public health professionals and others can read, bookmark, and re-tell in order to predict outcomes and develop strategies for prevention.
Health information management (HIM) professionals play a crucial role in this type of storytelling because they are the ones who actually capture the data. Whether they use the help of an encoder, computer-assisted coding, or a variety of other health information technologies, HIM professionals have the “final say” in the clinical data that is recorded via codes on a claim.
By Lisa A. Eramo
Disease registries come in all shapes and sizes, and their application is continuing to grow commensurate with population health management (PHM) programs. These registries, which collect health information about individuals from multiple sources, provide crucial data on which PHM programs rely. Registries help public health officials and others assess and monitor the health of a particular population and take proactive steps to keep people healthy.
Health information management (HIM) input is critical for the selection and development of registries. HIM professionals with training in health information technology (HIT) can provide input related to patient identity management, data integrity challenges, record localization, data population (i.e., manual entry vs. auto-population), real-time data feeding capabilities, local vs. external hosting, and integration of registries at the point of care.