What Will I Learn?
Health Information Managers plan information systems, develop health policy and identify current and future information needs. In addition, they may apply the science of informatics to the collection, storage, analysis, use and transmission of information to meet legal, professional, ethical and administrative records-keeping requirements of health care information management in the health care sector. Both hospital information systems and human resource for health information system (HRHIS) are delivery tools critical in the management of clinics, health centres and hospitals. The managers work with clinical, epidemiological, demographic, financial, reference and coded healthcare data. Health information administrators have been described to “play a critical role in the delivery of healthcare in the United States through their focus on the collection, maintenance and use of quality data to support the information-intesive and information-reliant healthcare system”.
The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the proper collection, management and use of information within healthcare systems “will determine the system’s effectiveness in detecting healthcare problems, defining priorities, identifying innovative solutions and allocating resources to improve health outcomes”.