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Wednesday, February 10 • 09:15 - 10:15
Opening Keynote: "Profiling the HIM Profession and Information Governance"

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The Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) was founded in 1942 to provide a forum for Health Information Management (HIM®) professionals to share their expertise. CHIMA’s federal charter was obtained in 1949. The Canadian College of Health Information Management (CCHIM) was federally chartered in 1972 to maintain the academic standards and professional certification of the HIM profession. Never has the quality of health care data been more important to ministries and the health care system across the country as it is today. It is imperative that the data captured is of the upmost quality. The health ministries and industry require and must have confidence in the data and information.
The CHIMA certified Health Information Management (HIM) profession is a nationally recognized and self regulated profession that is educated in all aspects of the science and lifecycle of health records; information management; data collection, coding, and classification systems; data analysis, interpretation and use.

Certified HIM professionals play an essential role in the health care system with a focus on the entire lifecycle of the health record of the population served by ministries of health across Canada. This includes the transition to and maintenance of the electronic health record (EHR), a focus on data quality, clinical coding, decision support, record completeness and accuracy. All of this expertise supports high quality and timely data and information for health care planning / delivery, decision making at all levels (clinical, administrative and financial) and the privacy, confidentiality and security of the health record in all mediums and formats. Certified HIM professionals are a key resource to the success of and a vital and valued team member of the health care system.
In 2009 and 2014, two pan-Canadian Health Informatics (HI) and Health Information Management (HIM) human resource sector studies were conducted.

Objectives of the HI/HIM 2014 Sector Study Report:
1. Estimate hiring requirements from 2014 to 2019
2. Identify HI and HIM professional roles at risk of human resource and skills shortage

The published studies conclude that there is a looming shortage of HIM professionals. The studies also show an alarming gap in skills required for today’s complex coding of clinical information and the development of standards for the HIM lifecycle that will support the implementation and maintenance of the EHR. The HIM human resource shortage and skills gap will create a crisis across Canada as each Province/Territory struggles to manage the ever increasing demand for more timely quality coded data, data analysis, interpretation and decision making. Canada is already experiencing a demand for more HIM professionals with the skill sets necessary for clinical coding and the successful implementation of the EHR.

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Gail Crook, CHE, CHIM

CEO and Registrar, Canadian Health Information Management Association
Gail has been a certified member of the Canadian College of Health Information Management since 1982. She is also been a certified member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders since 1999. Gail has an extensive background in developing and applying the principles of privacy and security of patient records; the collection, dissemination and quality of health information; and work experiences regarding the transition to the Electronic... Read More →

Wednesday February 10, 2016 09:15 - 10:15
McInnes Room @ Dalhousie Student Union Building 6136 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, B3H 4J2, 2nd floor

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