What is a Health Information Manager?

Are you interested in a career combining health, management and computing?

Health information management may be the career you are seeking. Positioned at the heart of the health care system, health information managers' (HIMs) professional responsibilities cover the collection, storage, analysis and distribution of healthcare information.

HIMs contribute both to the healthcare system and to people’s health by providing the information systems and data central for medical decision making and patient care planning.

HIMs coordinate many kinds of healthcare information, from a variety of sources.

Some are paper based, but increasingly, they are in the form of electronic patient records.

What Do Health Information Managers (HIMs) Do?

  • Health information managers (HIMs) design and manage information systems in the healthcare system.
  • HIMs collect and generate records and reports about patients who are being treated by doctors and other clinicians.
  • HIMs use their clinical knowledge of disease and surgical procedures, technical knowledge of computer systems and databases and their management skills to set up and monitor these systems.
  • HIMs also play a key role in the security and legal use of people's medical records and health information by establishing appropriate procedures and handling and protecting personal data.

The Best Part of the HIM Job

Health information managers report the following aspects of the HIM job as most satisfying:

  • Contact with a wide range of people and professions
  • Challenges brought on by developments in healthcare and information technology
  • The design and use of sophisticated health information systems
  • Opportunities to specialise in computing, financial and health services management
  • Being part of the healthcare team
  • Planning and implementation of projects

HIM Work Places

  • Computer and information technology (IT) companies
  • State and federal health departments
  • Health insurance companies
  • Public and private hospitals
  • Community health services
  • Research Institutions

A Career in Health Information Management?

A career in health information management offers:

  • Excellent employment prospects in a fast growing field
  • Opportunities to specialise in computing, financial and health services management
  • Opportunities to work in the computer industry or health industry
  • Opportunities to work in the public or private sectors
  • Useful skills that can be used throughout Australia and in many other countries

Undergraduate Study

To become a health information manager, you need to complete an accredited undergraduate or postgraduate degree. The following Australian universities offer accredited 3 or 3½ year undergraduate degrees.

For information about courses and entry requirements, contact the Schools of Health Information Management in Australian Universities:

Curtin University of Technology (Perth, Western Australia) - NOTE: THIS COURSE HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED

Bachelor of Science (Health Information Management)

Home Page: http://www.curtin.edu.au/
School of Public Health: http://publichealth.curtin.edu.au/
Course Overview: http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/undergraduate/health-sciences

Course Enquiries: Hlth-PublicHealth-HealthInformationManagement@curtin.edu.au

This course is available entirely by distance education (fully online).

La Trobe University (Melbourne, Victoria)

Home Page: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/
School of Public Health: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/health/about/schools/school-of-public-health-a...
Health Information Management: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/health/areas-of-study/health-management/health...
Course Enquiries: healthinfo@latrobe.edu.au

Additional course and entrance information is available from university admissions centres, these universities, careers advisers, and employment services.

Queensland University of Technology

Bachelor of Health Information Management

Home Page: http://www.qut.edu.au/study/courses/bachelor-of-health-information-manag...
School of Public Health and Social Work: http://www.qut.edu.au/health/about/schools/school-of-public-health-and-s...
Course Enquiries:
Sue Walker at s.walker@qut.edu.au or (07) 3138 5873 Or Maryann Wood atmt.wood@qut.edu.au or (07) 3138 5870

Email: phsw.admin@qut.edu.au Or Sarah Shepley on (07) 3138 4697 Or Lillian Okorn on (07) 3138 5856

Post-Graduate Study

Further study by either coursework or research, in areas such as Health Informatics, may be undertaken at Masters level and above.

Additional course and entrance information is available directly from each university offering these courses.

La Trobe University (Melbourne, Victoria)

Master of Health Information Management

Home Page: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/
Course Information: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/publichealth/HIM/
Course Enquiries: healthinfo@latrobe.edu.au

Additional course and entrance information on this Graduate-Entry Master of Health Information Management, the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, is available from La Trobe University. This two-year course provides graduates with the profession entry-level qualification for a career in Health Information Management.

University of Tasmania

Master of Health Information Management

Home Page: http://www.utas.edu.au/
Course Overview: http://www.utas.edu.au/courses/bus/courses/37e-master-of-health-informat...