Data analytics is a crucial operation for healthcare organizations. Practitioners are required to acquire, manage, analyze, interpret, and transform data into accurate and consistent information in a timely manner. 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.
Dive into Healthcare Data Analytics with Resources from AHIMA.
AHIMA is committed to advancing data analytics by providing education and training and other valuable resources to HIM professionals. No matter where you are in your career AHIMA provides education and resources to support your lifelong learning and continued advancement.
Virtual Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) Exam Prep
Virtual Interactive Learning Session Date:
November 14, 2018
Using webinars and a virtual interactive learning session, this series prepares you for the CHDA exam. The webinars review the three domains covered in the exam: data management, data analytics, and data reporting. You can also supplement your learning by purchasing bundle and adding the A Practical Approach to Analyzing Healthcare Data, Third Edition publication, and CHDA exam registration.
Data Analytics Workshop
April 6, 2018 | Chicago, IL
September 21 | Miami, FL
A one-day, hands-on workshop that explains the essential processes for examining data to uncover hidden patterns, correlations, and other information that help make better decisions.
December 6-7, 2018 | Las Vegas, NV
This meeting is a two-day, in-depth thought leadership summit exploring the many connections surrounding healthcare.
This online exam prep series is designed for individuals who are preparing to sit for the CHDA certification exam to obtain the CHDA credential.
CHDA Domain 1: Data Management
CHDA Domain 2: Data Analytics
CHDA Domain 3: Data Reporting
Cancer Registry Management (CRM) Online Courses
AHIMA has partnered with the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) to provide the CRM Cancer Registry online courses. Learners must complete four prerequisite courses before beginning the CRM Specialty Courses listed below. Visit the AHIMA website for additional information: ahima.org/education/onlineed/Programs/crm.
Cancer Disease, Coding and Staging
Cancer Registry Operations
Follow Up, Data Quality, and Utilization
Oncology Treatment and Coding
Cancer Registry Structure and Management
A Practical Approach to Analyzing Healthcare Data, Third Edition
Susan White, PhD, RHIA, CHDA
e-book also available!
A Practical Approach to Analyzing Healthcare Data, Third Edition, offers guidance to healthcare professionals and health information management (HIM) students on how to best analyze, categorize, and manage the data that they encounter in an industry becoming ever more dependent on these tasks. With expanded and reorganized content on statistical analysis techniques, and new content on value-based purchasing (VBP) analytics and risk adjustment, this text applies broader principles of data evaluation specifically to the field of HIM.
Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) Exam Preparation
Susan White, PhD, RHIA, CHDA
Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) Exam Preparation will help you sharpen your data analysis and test-taking skills in preparation for the CHDA exam. The exam experience is simulated in the textbook and accompanying online assessment by two full-length 154 question exams and 150 additional practice questions, each containing questions that cover all three CHDA domains.
Data Analytics in Healthcare Research: Tools and Strategies
David T. Marc, PhD, MBS, CHDA, and Ryan H. Sandefer, PhD, MA, CPHIT
e-book also available!
Proficiency in data analytics is increasingly important for all health information managers and informaticians. Data Analytics in Healthcare Research: Tools and Strategies provides authentic case studies regarding how to conduct health data analytics and secondary research studies. The cases provide experience with databases and statistical software for data extraction, normalization, transformation, visualization, and statistical analyses.
All webinars last 60 minutes and begin at 12 noon CT. Registration for live webinars closes 24 hours before the event. After that time you can purchase a recorded version of the webinar.
Don’t worry if you’ve missed a webinar! AHIMA has a number of webinar replays pre-recorded for you to view anytime, anywhere. You will also receive 2 CEUs per webinar replay.
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Be sure to check out the free monthly ‘Data Dive’ webinars! Data Analytics Webinars
The Health Data Analysis Toolkit is free to members ($99.95 for nonmembers). The toolkit can also be found in AHIMA’s Body of Knowledge (BoK)™.
Health Data Analysis Toolkit
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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Understanding the need for effective health information systems
Informatics: Is it health care’s ‘Moneyball?’
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
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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