According to the American Health Information Management Association, health information management professionals have a big decision to make – either cling on to the paper and pencil and go the way of the dinosaurs or embrace EHRs, data analytics, and ICD-10 so that HIM wranglers can flourish in the new era of health IT.
Mary Butler of the Journal of AHIMA writes that “The rapid adoption of EHRs, the transition to the ICD-10-CM/PCS code set, and intense focus on information and data governance all demand an upgrade of skills across the HIM spectrum.”
In order to stay on par with the top minds in the field, including nurses with informatics degrees and physicians with clinical informatics specialty certifications, HIM professionals need to invest in their own education if they want to hold their ground. This is of utmost importance in order for the industry to continue its positive growth.
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