Informatics and data analytics are crucial operations for healthcare organizations. Practitioners are required to acquire, manage, analyze, interpret, and transform data into accurate and consistent information in a timely manner. Informatics and data analytics professionals are expected to have the knowledge and ability to communicate with individuals and groups at multiple levels, both internally and externally, while balancing the big picture strategic vision with day-to-day details.
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HIM professionals have always played a key role in handling, storing, and retrieving health information. Because of the proliferation of data in today’s healthcare environment, HIM professionals are now getting involved in the decision-making processes related to what types of information and data are needed to resolve key business issues and assist in identifying the best ways to deliver high quality care.
With the ongoing shift away from fee-for-service payment systems and toward value-based care, healthcare organizations are becoming more data-driven. HIM professionals are increasingly getting involved wherever healthcare data is being collected, stored, or retrieved. All of this wealth of information requires analysis for decision-making purposes, and HIM professionals have the critical thinking skills to effectively analyze health data and information of all types.
In response to this changing environment, data analysts must improve work processes, communicate with leadership at all levels and design effective data analysis and reporting practices. Data analysts must also continue to learn and develop new skills and move forward with changes in healthcare data processes.
HIM professionals hold diverse roles within the data analysis role for their organizations and physician practices such as data analyst, data managers, informatics professionals, and revenue cycle analysts.
Health informatics professionals come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many Health Information Management (HIM) professionals, as well as others from both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds, currently practice in health informatics roles.
Informatics in healthcare has emerged as a separate functional discipline. This inspires AHIMA to provide HIM professionals and others with both clinical and non clinical backgrounds a course of study that supports the needs of the contemporary healthcare employer.
AHIMA draws from its many years of leadership in informatics domains of practice such as standards for data content, information exchange and interoperability, data management, health information technology and others. AHIMA is leveraging its emerging leadership in data analytics and has developed a set of graduate level health informatics competencies intended for use by academic institutions.
The public comment period for the draft competencies opened on August 10 and closed on October 3, 2016. The commitment and dedication demonstrated by the many individuals, entities, and organizations that responded to the draft graduate level health informatics competencies is greatly appreciated.
The Graduate Health Informatics Curriculum Taskforce is now in the process of summarizing and responding to comments.
Please check back on this website for the final graduate level health informatics competencies which will be made available prior to the end of 2016.
AHIMA is dedicated to the advancement of health information for quality healthcare and supports more than 103,000 health information professionals like you through education and professional development. Therefore, we are pleased to provide informatics and data analytics resources to help health information management (HIM) professionals further their careers and their organization’s data analytics projects and initiatives.
If you are interested and committed to taking on the data pool and diving into AHIMA’s informatics and data analytics resources. CLICK HERE to see AHIMA’s education and training resources.
Informatics and Data Analytics Toolkits are free to members ($99.95 for nonmembers). Toolkits can also be found in AHIMA’s Body of Knowledge (BoK)™.
Health Data Analysis Toolkit
AHIMA’s Body of Knowledge (BoK)™ contains many Informatics and Data Analytics articles. Here’s just a sample.
HIM's Role in Managing Big Data: Turning Data Collected by an EHR into Information
The Role of Analyzing Healthcare Data: Health Data Analysts Aggregate, Evaluate, and Validate Information for Key Healthcare Stakeholders
Transforming Data into Meaning: Standards-based Capabilities to Bring Disparate Data Sources Together
Moving HIM into Data Analytics a Must
Informatics and HIM: Enabling Semantic Interoperability and the Learning Health System
Data Analysis Starter Kit: How to Apply Informatics and Analyze ROI as an e-HIM Professional
Keep up with the latest news and information on informatics and data analytics. The Data Revolution blog will highlight the trends and opportunities informatics and data analytics presents for the HIM profession.
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Making better use of medical information has huge potential for lowering costs and improving quality–the patient’s safety and the health care business depend on it–and AHIMA’s Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) credential holders have the power to spearhead these efforts. Oversight by professionals with the proper tools and knowledge to look at the “bigger picture” of healthcare data analytics is a must. These are the same tools and knowledge an HIM professional gains when earning AHIMA’s CHDA credential.
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Identify yourself as a professional who possesses the expertise to support and utilize health informatics!
With the continuing advancements in technology and the increasing demand for qualified health informatics professionals the new informatics credential will provide credibility and recognition to individuals who possess the required knowledge and expertise of health informatics. The new credential will enable an individual to further advance their career. It also demonstrates a competent workforce and professional group for system support, subsequent organizational support, prestige, and the opportunity to belong to a prestigious premier professional association.
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Data is everywhere and constantly growing. Want to know what else is growing as a result? Career opportunities for health information management (HIM) professionals!
HIM professionals ensure the accountability, transparency, integrity, protection, compliance, availability, retention, and disposition of healthcare data. More data means greater demand for experts to fill HIM roles. Are you ready to step into a future of new and exciting HIM roles addressing:
Thank you for celebrating 2016 Data Month with us! Check back in 2017 to see what’s in store for the next Data Month.