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Health Information Professionals Week Promotes ‘Accurate Information, Quality Care’ During 27th Annual Celebration
HIP Week April 3-9, 2016
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) honors and celebrates health information professionals during the 27th annual Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week April 3-9, 2016. This year’s theme is “Accurate Information, Quality Care.”
“Increasingly, accurate and timely health information is becoming healthcare’s greatest asset,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, FACHE, CAE, FAHIMA. “During AHIMA's Health Information Professionals Week, our goal is to raise awareness that health information management professionals who are armed with the skills to manage health information effectively are key to the success of our health system.”
HIP Week 2016 coincides with AHIMA’s Leader Symposium and Hill Day, events where AHIMA members receive education specific to advocacy and visit Capitol Hill to share the importance of advancing HIM. Information governance, privacy, security, and fraud and abuse concerns continue to be key issues for HIM professionals; AHIMA will continue to provide guidance to the healthcare industry and government leaders seeking expertise and counsel.
“We are already seeing HIM professionals leading the industry in achieving data integrity through information governance and ensuring patients and consumers have access to timely information they can trust,” said Thomas Gordon. “This year’s HIP Week theme reflects our commitment to our vision of a world where the right information is available to the right person at the right time—for better care.”
During HIP Week, health information professionals that work in numerous Health System departments will engage in focused activities in their respective areas and take extra time to recognize the positive accomplishments of their HIM team members during this week. Heather Wilson, Chief Administrator of the Health Information Management Department, leads a large team of Health Information Professionals at UMHS dedicated to data integrity and ensuring that information is accessible for patient care. HIM professionals also work in MCIT, Clinical Registries, Legal and Compliance, and several other departments, and their contributions are also valued greatly.
Information can be used as an asset to benefit healthcare organizations, to improve performance and patient health. Achieving aims such as improving cost, quality, and population health depends on the ability to turn data into knowledge. With the theme of “Accurate Information, Quality Care,” AHIMA reiterates its belief in the necessity of building quality healthcare through quality information.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) represents more than 103,000 health information professionals in the United States and around the world. AHIMA is committed to promoting and advocating for research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. ahima.org