People who pursue a leadership career in health information management are team builders, innovators and strategic thinkers. They are able to evaluate the culture and environment of an organization, develop strategies, recommend changes and lead initiatives to help meet organization’s strategic needs. These professionals are also key players in the budgeting process and help their department develop and maintain partnerships within the organization and the community.
Warren Bennis is quoted as saying, "Managers do things right; leaders do the right things." The best leaders are able to keep an eye on the big picture while maintaining a tight focus on the day-to-day operations. A true leader possesses characteristics such as strategic thinking, collaboration and mentorship. As stated by Warren Bennis, "Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality."
According to Norbert Belz, Ph.D., RHIA, chair of the Department of Health Information Management, KU graduates can easily jump into nearly any health care supervisory or management role because of their training in management skills, data analytics, informatics, revenue cycle management, classifications and terminologies and information governance. The KU-HIM curriculum also has a strong focus on leadership development and provides students with options for advanced degrees. Belz says, "You can find our graduates in leadership positions within most Kansas City health care organizations."
According to the American Health Information Management Association, management positions are in high demand, including the following specific employment opportunities:
With advanced degrees, HIM professionals in management positions can easily transition into leadership, including the following: