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.
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 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 data analytics resources. CLICK HERE to see AHIMA’s education and training resources.
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
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
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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Cheers to you!
In a world of complex data and the need for detailed analysis, HIM professionals like you have a tough job. Ensuring the accountability, transparency, integrity, protection, compliance, availability, retention, and disposition of healthcare data is no easy feat, yet you do it every day, and with style and grace!
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