The Role and Applications of Health Information Management

Health Information Management 6th Edition

Health information is a critical component of the healthcare industry, and its proper management plays an important role in decision making. Designed to meet curriculum requirements for associate programs and to prepare students for the RHIT credentialing exam, this text is organized by AHIMA’s CAHIIM competencies, and features EHR samples, critical-thinking exercises and expanded coverage of key issues in HIM today.


Properly managing health information is critical to providing quality, accessible healthcare. Health information management professionals are the foundation for collecting, storing and analyzing this information, while also serving as healthcare analysts who can control costs and provide research data. Using a real-world patient care perspective, the 6th edition of this engaging, easy-to-understand text introduces fundamental concepts and terminology. Chapter discussions are organized by CAHIIM competencies to prepare students for the RHIT credentialing exam, and EHR samples and critical-thinking exercises support in-depth learning. Expanded leadership content discusses career planning and development, while new coverage explores secondary uses of data. Also available with R2 Library:

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Health information management is a discipline that blends business and technology. The information professionals in this field do not have direct patient contact, but they play an essential role by collecting, storing and disseminating data related to the research, planning, provision and financing of healthcare services.

One of the most important applications of health information management is telemedicine. It allows doctors to remotely monitor a patient’s condition by leveraging medical sensors and special software. Physicians can then export this data in real time to their colleagues for further analysis.

Another key application of health information management is a master patient index, which connects multiple systems in order to prevent duplicate data and ensure consistency. This system also makes it easier for practitioners to access relevant information quickly. It also helps to detect trends and tendencies in a patient’s health status so that medical experts can make accurate diagnoses. The information leveraged by a health information management system should be accurate and comprehensive to provide practitioners with a 360-degree view of the patient’s health status.

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