AHIMA Releases New Informatics Toolkit for HIM Professionals

AHIMA’s Informatics Toolkit for Health Informatics and Information Management Professionals is now available for download online. The toolkit provides tools for health informatics and information management (HIIM) professionals to assist them in meeting the growing demand for informatics competencies in healthcare.

The toolkit was developed to advance the practice of health informatics and its role in supporting healthcare’s technology-rich environment.

“This toolkit provides a variety of resources and tools for health information and informatics management (HIIM) professionals who are developing or integrating an informatics initiative, whether they are managing an enterprise master patient index, overseeing or maintaining an electronic health record, initiating an informatics project, or working with other electronic forms of operational, health, or financial information,” the toolkit’s foreword reads. “The toolkit provides tools for HIIM professionals to help them meet the increased demand for informatics in healthcare… This toolkit will assist in preparing HIIM professionals who are looking to expand their career, direct their department, or assist in the overall organizational direction toward increasing informatics competencies.”

The toolkit covers the current landscape in the adoption of advanced informatics practices. It presents a variety of resources that facilitate and enhance the skills of all healthcare professionals in the HIIM field. The toolkit also contains a variety of resources to assist health information professionals at a foundational level in leading and implementing health informatics.

For those looking to get started with informatics at their organization, the toolkit includes a sample project plan and eight appendices that support and enhance the main toolkit content, including information on statistical testing, project management, data management, utilization, and reporting.

The toolkit is free to members and $99 for non-members, and can be accessed in the AHIMA HIM Body of Knowledge here, and the AHIMA store here.

Chris Dimick (chris.dimick@ahima.org) is editor-in-chief at Journal of AHIMA.

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