Definition of the Profession
Health Information Management Professional
The health information management professional applies their knowledge and skills to create, acquire, analyse and/or manage information to meet the medical, legal, ethical and/or administrative requirements of the health care system.
The HIMAA Health Information Manager (HIM) Competency Standards define the knowledge and skills required of a health information management professional. A health information management professional may apply some or all of the HIMAA Health Information Manager (HIM) Competency Standards in their daily professional practice.
Two examples of health information professionals are Health Information Managers (HIM) and Clinical Coders (CC).
Health Information Manager (HIM)
A Health Information Manager (HIM) is a health information management professional with a HIMAA-accredited undergraduate or postgraduate university degree who plans, develops, implements and manages health information services, such as patient information systems, and clinical and administrative data, to meet the medical, legal, ethical and administrative requirements of health care delivery, or who teaches or does research in these areas .
A Health Information Manager meets all of the HIMAA Entry Level Health Information Manager (HIM) Competency Standards as a result of their HIMAA accredited tertiary education.
A Health Information Manager may apply some or all of the HIMAA Intermediate and Advanced Health Information Manager (HIM) Competency Standards depending on their experience and professional development.
Clinical Coder (CC)
A Clinical Coder is a health information management professional who is a graduate of a HIMAA-approved clinical coding course or a HIMAA-accredited tertiary course who assigns codes to narrative descriptions of patients' diseases, operations and procedures in accordance with recognised classification systems to allow for easy storage, retrieval and analysis of health data.
A Clinical Coder specialises in a subset of the HIMAA Entry Level Health Information Manager (HIM)Competency Standards.
The Health Information Management Association of Australia promotes and supports health information management professionals as the universally recognised specialists in information management at all levels of the healthcare system. We do this through positioning and advocacy, accreditation, education and training, certification and credentialing, quality standards, publications and resources, and HIMAA membership networking activities at local and national levels, including an annual national conference of international standing.
Principles of Professional Practice
This document replaces the HIMAA Code of Ethics of 1992 and 2005. The HIMAA Member Principles of Professional Practice was developed by the HIMAA Practice Quality & Safety Standards Committee and approved by the HIMAA Board on 22 February 2015.
HIMAA members commit to upholding these principles as a condition of membership.
- Advocate, uphold, and defend the individual’s right to privacy and the doctrine of confidentiality in the use and disclosure of information taking into account applicable legislation.
- Show courtesy to and respect the rights of all professional colleagues.
- Undertake their professional duties in an ethical, efficient, legitimate, safe and responsible manner.
- Not engage in (and report) dishonesty, fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or other forms of illegal or unethical conduct that adversely reflect on the profession or the individual’s fitness for membership in the profession.
- Make determinations within the professional scope of assigned responsibilities and knowledge.
- State truthfully and accurately any professional credentials, education and experience.
- Discharge honourably the responsibilities of any national or branch/network association position.
- Advance health information management knowledge and quality practice through continuing participation in education, research, publications, presentations and interdisciplinary collaboration.
- Recruit and mentor students, staff, peers and colleagues to develop and strengthen the professional workforce.
- Contribute to the planning and proactive development of services which enable individuals within the community to achieve optimum health.
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