The mission of the Department of Health Information Management is to educate and prepare professionals with knowledge needed to ensure accessibility, accuracy, availability, integrity, and security of patient health information.
The philosophy of Health Information Management: The health care industry today is dynamic, both from efforts within itself to seek new and improved health care delivery systems, and from external developments, in the areas of basic and applied sciences, technology and government.
As a vital part of the health care industry, the health information profession must also be dynamic. The educational program in Health Information Management must respond to the projected future needs of the profession.
To meet these needs, the student must be prepared for and willing to accept a multifaceted role as a member of the health care team - as administrator, planner, consultant, educator, researcher, and practitioner.
The educational program must be geared to the development of those skills and qualities needed to fulfill these roles and to the development of attitudes and principles which will encourage continuing growth in a profession that is rapidly expanding in scope and responsibility in the dynamic environment of the health care industry.
The vision of the Department of Health Information Management is to be recognized internationally as a quality producer of health information management professionals equipped with the attitudes and principles that encourage lifelong learning and ethical behavior in a rapidly evolving profession.
Objectives of the HIM Department: In addition to preparing the graduates of HIM to achieve the skills necessary to perform the activities addressed in the Domains, Subdomains, and Task Competencies for Registered Health Information Administrators, the objectives of the professional portion of the HIM Department are to prepare the student, by means of theoretical, practical, and clinical instruction to:
1. Develop and demonstrate the ability to respond to the changing informational needs of the patient, the providers of health care, researchers and educators.
2. Develop and demonstrate awareness of the technologies and equipment affecting information storage and retrieval and to develop the ability to utilize these resources appropriately.
3. Function as a member of the health team by development and acceptance of his/her responsibilities in the total health care of the patient.
4. Develop and demonstrate the ability to communicate with ease in a group setting in both the leadership and supportive roles and to communicate effectively in written form.
5. Develop and demonstrate an understanding of the history and evolution of health information management with particular emphasis on current and future developments in the profession.
6. Develop and demonstrate an understanding of the current scope and responsibilities of health information management and its relationship to other professions.
7. Develop an awareness of the need for continued professional education and growth.
8. Develop an interest in the promotion of health information management as a career and in the encouragement of potential candidates toward this goal.