To support health information professionals within Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Health Information Management Association (SHIMA) was established in 2015. SHIMA was established in 2015 as a not-for-profit entity under the patronage of CBAHI to further the cause of health information management in Saudi Arabia and the region. The concept of establishing SHIMA has reference to the medical records development strategic plan, approved by the Minister of Health, detailed in proposal No. 26/22/69024 dated 15/7/1431H submitted to His Excellency by Dr. Mohammed Khoshim, Deputy Health Minister of Health for Planning and Development.
The need for the establishment of a professional working group was noted in 2010 by Saudi Arabia’s health information professionals, who represent a variety of healthcare settings. The activities of this new group would focus on upgrading medical records traditional activities, methods of records keeping, and health information classifications in compliance with local standards set by the Saudi Central Board for Accreditation of Healthcare Institutions (CBAHI) and international standards such as Joint Commission International (JCI). CBAHI is the official agency authorized to grant accreditation certificates to all governmental and private healthcare facilities operating today in Saudi Arabia.
To support the formal establishment of SHIMA, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and CBAHI entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU). Through this MOU, AHIMA committed to help in the implementation of the recently-developed modular global curricula focused on health information (HIM), health informatics (HI), and health information communication technologies (HICT) developed through a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. In addition, AHIMA committed to provide representation on the Global Health Workforce Council (GHWC) and provide information related to best practices in the establishment and growth of SHIMA. To ensure the success of SHIMA, CBAHI committed to support SHIMA in its collaboration with AHIMA, and to assist in the development of HIM best practices and promotion of a certification program in Saudi Arabia.
In order to advance SHIMA’s efforts to advance health information in The Kingdom, future initiatives will focus on health information management and coding certification and credentials.
For more information on SHIMA, please contact:
Mr. Hussein AlBishi, CHIM
HIM / Clinical Coding Specialist
Planning & Development
Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health
SHIMA Current President & CEO
Mr. Saud Albugami, MS, RHIA
SHIMA President Elect
Mr. Mustafa Aljarrah
Saudi HIM Students Representative in USA
HIM Student (Tennessee State University)