“Clinical classification is the key not only to population health management and epidemiological research but also the flow of funds to quality points of care.” Jenny Gilder
Health information solutions The health information needs of the clinicians are different from those of the bureaucracy, which is itself divided amongst accounts, management and administration services. Then there are the information needs of IT support themselves. The HIM, by virtue of their education and skills, is the professional most aware of these differing needs and is able to respond accordingly, producing health information from the data collected to satisfy the needs of their health facility. Many HIMs are also involved in the quality program as they have a responsibility to ensure the quality of health information management for client-centred care. The accuracy and security of health information is central to the success of continuity of care as each healthcare client makes their way through a very complex health system. Clinical classification is the key not only to population health management and epidemiological research but also the flow of funds to quality points of care. As the gatekeepers to all health information collected and distributed, health information management professionals are key to the cost containment benefits to be had from funding continuity of quality care.
The HIMAA strategy HIMAA’s 2014-2016 strategy aims to redress the workforce decline in health information management through three strategic priorities: • Positioning and advocacy to better inform the industry, and policy developers and decision makers in government, of the value of health information management in the delivery of patient-centred quality healthcare services that meet regulatory requirements as well as satisfying the quality and safety aspirations of care providers and recipients alike • Education and training of HIMs at the tertiary level and clinical
coders at the VET level, in the context of quality assurance to employers and peers at the post-credential level through a robust professional credentialing scheme, complemented by a concerted program of career pathway marketing • Membership development to forge the link between effective positioning and advocacy, education and training, and the advancement of the profession’s core values. HIMAA aims over the next three years to equip its members with practical tools and strategies to remind those involved in the delivery of healthcare with whom they work of the value of health information management to the healthcare system. In three years’ time, HIMAA hopes for reports from its membership of: • Increased enrolments in a consolidating number of HIM tertiary courses around Australia and overseas • Workplace-based training opportunities for clinical coding students at VET level, emerging with dedicated qualifications in their profession • Improvement in the involvement of HIM professionals at management, senior management and executive levels in the health care system and • Recognition of HIM standards for quality practice in health information management and clinical classification • Awareness in government of the need to involve HIM professionals in all health care policy and strategy development requiring the management of health information. The HIM work space will embody the value of health information’s contribution to good patient care, information and data accuracy, care-focused financial management, and statutory requirements relating to privacy and security of the individual in a very complex health environment. The HIMAA 2014-16 Strategic Plan can be found at http://himaa2.org. au/?q=node/45
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