HIM Education and Careers

About the HIM Profession

What is Health Information Management?

Health information management (HIM) is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. It is a combination of business, science, and information technology.

HIM professionals are highly trained in the latest information management technology applications and understand the workflow in any healthcare provider organization from large hospital systems to the private physician practice. They are vital to the daily operations management of health information and electronic health records (EHRs). They ensure a patient’s health information and records are complete, accurate, and protected.

HIM professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry including hospitals, physician practices, managed care organizations, consulting firms, rehabilitation centers, information systems vendors, colleges and universities, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, insurance providers, and other venues.

How to Get Started on Your HIM Career

The first step in your career planning process is to discover your interests and then match them to careers. If you have an interest in healthcare and information technology, health information management (HIM) may be the right career choice for you. As one of the fastest growing occupations in one of the fastest growing industries, a HIM career places you right where the expanding arena of healthcare meets the cutting edge of technology.

Learn more by visiting the AHIMA Student & Career Center

A Career in Health Information: A Discussion with Wendy Mangin

Wendy Mangin, MS, RHIA, Director of Corporate Compliance at Good Samaritan and IHIMA member, shares the experience she's gathered over a long and productive career. Hear her speak about positions she's held, tips on mentoring, recommended readings, the importance of volunteerism, and other vital matters to keep in mind while pursuing health information as a career.

Indiana HIM Colleges and Universities

Indiana has excellent CAHIIM accredited colleges and universities in which you can receive a master’s, baccalaureate, or associate level degree in health information management. Find out more about the Indiana HIM colleges & universities here.

Health Information Management in Indiana – Remembering Our Legacy

The Health Information Management profession has a long and rich history in Indiana. Many changes have occurred over the past 90 years and Indiana has led the way. From the first state university Medical Records Program in the U.S. to the creation of strong educational programs to meet the need of qualified HIM professionals. Indiana has provided strong leadership at both state and national levels.

Read the full story about HIM in Indiana - Remembering Our Legacy.