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In health care settings, health information managers are often part of the team, along with information technology staff and clinical informatics professionals, who oversee electronic health records. Health information management (HIM) professionals are experts in health data management, information policy, information systems, and administrative/clinical work flow. This field focuses on operations management, which is essential to ensuring an accurate and complete medical record and cost-effective information processing.

Health information management skills are critical to the availability of accurate health data, ensuring continuous quality improvement, supporting revenue cycle processes, and assuring regulatory compliance. The demand for and role of these professionals in helping medical practices implement electronic health records is growing. Health information management supports the data needs of clinicians, payors, regulators, patients, and consumers. These professionals are essential to building a nationwide health information network and health information exchange.

In this program, the student learns theory and practice to enter the field and hold positions in management, personnel administration, law, health information systems, health statistics, research, and many others. KU also offers a B.S. degree-completion program for working professionals who have completed an accredited health information technology associate’s degree program.

Graduates who pass the American Health Information Management Association National Registry Examination may assume professional responsibilities in many health and information service industries.

The Department of Health Information Management is on the lower levels of the Taylor Building on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan. It is one of many academic programs in the KU School of Health Professions.

The KU Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

Advising and FAQ

For information about health information management at KU, please visit the department’s website. Students interested in entering this field should contact an adviser as early as possible in their collegiate careers to ensure prerequisite course work will be completed on schedule. Contact an adviser today.

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