Each year a week is dedicated to recognizing the achievements of health information professionals. The dates for Health Information Professional (HIP) week this year are March 22-28, 2015.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) says “Health Information Management (HIM) is an allied health profession responsible for ensuring the availability, accuracy, and protection of the clinical information needed to provide healthcare-related decisions. Health information professionals work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, physician offices, and many other organizations.”
Based on this definition, HIM professionals play a vital role in the healthcare industry. This week provides everyone in this industry the opportunity to reflect on the significant achievements they have accomplished over the past year.
AHIMA also says the following about health information professionals: “They play a key role in the effective management of health data and medical records needed to deliver quality healthcare to the public. The work HIM professionals do to ensure the integrity of health information is imperative to clinical and administrative decision making.”
The AHIMA website includes a list of materials that are available to assist in recognizing the achievements of health information professionals. This includes a planning kit, suggested activities, and official HIP week merchandise. The merchandise section is my favorite because it has some fun things you can receive to celebrate your achievements. (One year for HIP week I got a super coder shirt!) Visit AHIMA’s website for more information about HIP week.
I encourage everyone to take the time during HIP week to celebrate the HIM profession. Medical coders work hard and deserve to be recognized for their contributions to the healthcare industry. Give yourself a big pat on the back and keep up the good work!