$29.84 to $44.75 per hour
Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA)
Health information management diploma
Health information management professionals provide services in all aspects of clinical records management. This includes data collection, coding, use, integrity, access, disclosure, retention and disposition of health information. They perform quantitative and qualitative analysis of the information within the health record to facilitate health care delivery, patient safety and health and business related decision making. They are responsible for the confidentiality of health information within the records and are advocates of the patient's right to private, secure and confidential information.
Health information management professionals may work in a variety of roles, including as coding specialists and data analysts. They perform a wide range of tasks including data integrity and research. Some health information management professionals are in leadership roles providing guidance to staff and sharing expertise within Alberta Health Services.
This is an exciting time for health information management professionals with the transition from paper to electronic health records. As a result, new health information management career opportunities are emerging including content compliance, business analysis, quality management, education and training. Health information management professionals play a critical role in supporting quality care by ensuring the accurate and confidential collection and storage of patient health records.
Health information management professionals work at a variety of facilities, including hospitals, cancer treatment centres, mental health facilities, correctional centres, community health centres and in administrative offices. Depending on the size and type of facility, they may work independently or as part of a larger Health Information Management team. Health information management professionals also collaborate with physicians, nurses, allied health care professionals, management and administrative staff to ensure the proper management, storage and disclosure of confidential patient information.
Health information management professionals may work full-time or part-time hours or on a call-in (casual) basis. They can apply for positions that are permanent, temporary or casual depending on department and facility needs. Shift schedules may include a combination of day, evening, night, weekend and holiday shifts, and sometimes on-call duty.
Health information management professionals work with a combination of paper and electronic health records, which requires them to use a computer and sit for long periods of time. This job requires an individual to show attention to detail and perform repetitive tasks and motions like data entry and manually indexing health information.
Depending upon the role, some health information management professionals may be covered under the Alberta Health Services Management and Out-of-Scope Terms and Conditions of Employment. Rates of pay for these positions differ from those listed above and are role-dependent.