Cert. In Health Information Management (HIM)

Health information management is a combination of business, science, and information technology. These professionals are managers: experts in processing, analyzing and reporting information vital to the health care industry, respected staff members who interact daily with the clinical and administrative staff, all of whom depend on health information to perform their jobs.

A blend of business and computer expertise, health information management links health care clinicians with information technology and is the bridge between patients’ health information and health insurers, government, and other regulating agencies.

As a vital member of the health care team, the health information manager is responsible for managing health information systems. This professional plans and develops health information systems that meet standards of accrediting and regulatory agencies. They also design health information systems appropriate for various sizes and types of health care facilities. The Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) serves as an advocate for the privacy and confidentiality of health information and plans and offers in-service educational programs for health care personnel.

HIM professionals do not just work in hospitals. They work for accounting firms, insurance companies, information systems vendors, government agencies, pharmaceutical research companies, and others. Wide varieties of employers actively recruit health information managers. According to the department of labour, employment opportunities for Health Information Management (HIM) professionals continue to grow much faster than the average for all occupations.

Health information management (HIM) is the practice of maintenance and care of health records by traditional (paper-based) and electronic means in hospitals, physician’s office clinics, health departments, health insurance companies, and other facilities that provide health care or maintenance of health records. With the widespread computerization of health records and other information sources, including hospital administration functions and health human resources information, health informatics, and health information technology are being increasingly utilized in information management practices in the health care sector.

Health information management professionals plan information systems, develop health policy, and identify current and future information needs. In addition, they may apply the science of informatics to the collection, storage, use, and transmission of information to meet the legal, professional, ethical and administrative records-keeping requirements of health care delivery

Duties

1. Record officer at the OPD

Collects consulting room registers, tease outpatients data; on demography and health information, classify them and report to district and regional health information unit. And enter them onto the DHIMS (District Health Information Management System)

2. Research Assistant

Application of research tools to collect data, clean and analyze and report to the research officer

3. Can pursue Diploma in Health Information Management.

Entry Requirement: (Certificate)

  • SSSCE/WASSCE with five {6} passes or equivalent (SSSCE: A-E WASSCE: A1-D7)
  • Matured applicants must be 25 years and above with 1 year working experience and must pass selection interview (oral and written).

Duration

2 years (4 semesters)