Working in health information management
A health information manager (HIM) is a health information management professional 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 healthcare delivery.
The Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) is the professional body that promotes and supports health information management professionals as the universally recognised specialists in information management at all levels of the healthcare system. They do this through: positioning and advocacy; accreditation; education and training; certification and credentialling; quality standards; publications and resources; and HIMAA membership networking activities at the local and national levels, including an annual national conference of international standing.
Bachelor’s and master’s qualifications provide a pathway into working in health information management. In Victoria the provider of training is La Trobe University.
Bachelor of Health Science (Medical Classification)/Bachelor of Health Information Management
La Trobe University offers a four-year health information management course leading to a double degree that produces graduates with expertise to work in the field of health information management. Graduates develop the skills to analyse and manage health and medical information and systems throughout the healthcare sector. Students gain competencies for profession-entry level in the four areas of medical/clinical classification, health information management (includes hands-on, supervised professional practice in hospitals and other organisations), health informatics and e-health, and in analysis and management of health data. This provides an excellent range of career opportunities in the healthcare sector.
Master of Health Information Management
La Trobe University offers a two-year Master of Health Information Management that allows graduates of other disciplines to gain the skills and knowledge to join this rapidly expanding field. Students develop expertise in health classification and activity-based performance management, management of health information systems, health informatics, analysis of health data, and research using health information.
Other training pathways, some of which are available online, include:
- Bachelor of Science (Health Information Management) – Curtin University
- Bachelor of Information & Communications Technology (Health Information Management) – University of Western Sydney
- Bachelor of Health Information Management – Queensland University of Technology
- Master of Health Information Management – University of Tasmania.