HIM Reimagined (HIMR) is an AHIMA Leadership initiative to build a framework to transform health information management (HIM) and position professionals for the future.
HIMR is intended to advance the HIM profession and professional. It offers long-term and phased implementation strategies to ensure the profession is equipped both academically and professionally to advance individuals and HIM to greater levels of relevance while keeping pace with changes in the industry and beyond.
The recommendations proposed in HIMR are bold and ambitious and at the same time hold promise for future advancement of the HIM profession. Educators, students, and practitioners are all part of the HIMR plan. The focus is not only on what AHIMA must do to transform the HIM profession, but also on personal responsibility for achieving the transformation goal.
HIMR provides guidance on moving HIM competencies beyond the academic arena and into the profession, to prepare for and secure future HIM jobs. View the HIMR infographic to see how HIMR starts with you!
HIMR empowers HIM professionals to seize the opportunities advancing technology offers those who improve their skills to match the industry’s future needs. See the HIM Career Map to identify emerging career paths.
The HIMR white paper is the result of the hard work, commitment, and forward thinking of a team of passionate and dedicated HIM professionals who spent hundreds of hours assessing the current and projected future landscape of the healthcare industry and higher education systems. HIMR is, by design, future-focused and likely does not reflect what many readers are currently observing in their workplace settings. The recommendations in this document are bold and ambitious, and at the same time hold promise for future advancement of the HIM profession. Because of the significant nature of these recommendations, a 10-year, phased implementation plan starting in 2017 is proposed.
HIMR is geared to move both individuals and the profession forward. Transformation starts with you!
Made Possible In Part By
HIMR Recommendation 1: Advanced Degrees
Increase the number of AHIMA members who hold relevant graduate degrees, (e.g., HIM, Health Informatics, MBA, MD, MEd, MPH) to 20 percent of total membership within 10 years.
HIMR Recommendation 2: Research
In collaboration with other health and health-related organizations, in the public and private sectors, build a mechanism to ensure availability of research that supports health informatics and information management.
HIMR Recommendation 3: HIM Specialization
Increase the opportunities for specialization across all levels of the HIM academic spectrum through curricula revision, while retaining a broad foundation in health information management and analytics.
HIMR Recommendation 4: RHIA & RHIT Credentials
RHIA credential is recognized as the standard for HIM generalist practice and the RHIT (+Specialty) as the technical level of practice.
HIM Reimagined (HIMR) is a framework to create future roles for HIM professionals that builds on our foundation and ensures our continued relevance during a time of rapid transition. In 2017, broad based market research was conducted to identify jobs of the future in both traditional and new workplace settings. This presentation will discuss the research results that will identify core and specialty HIM content considerations for future academic program development. The activities expected to take place in 2018 will be presented to ensure participants are aware of the goals of HIM Reimagined (HIMR) and learn why this effort is important to each of them personally as well as for the HIM profession as a whole. By working together, both individually and as an association of members, we can set the stage for the HIM profession to be ready for the future!
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