With their knowledge of law, technology, business and clinical conditions and processes, health information management professionals are well-positioned to help health care organizations be the best that they can be. While clinicians are at the bedside, HIM professionals are gathering data, analyzing processes and investigating systems to make health care safer and more efficient and effective than ever before.
Individuals with a passion for excellence who derive satisfaction from digging in and examining health care systems and processes thrive in the quality and risk management area of health information management. These individuals are problem solvers who take pride in making things work better. Quality management roles include everything from detailed data gathering and analysis to boardroom presentations.
“With the shift in our country’s health care payment system from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance, opportunities in quality management are exploding," says Kay Folck, MHA, RHIA, clinical assistant professor. “Quality and risk management work is so rewarding because you can actually see that what you do makes a difference to patients and the health care institutions who serve them.”
According to the American Health Information Management Association, quality and risk management positions are in high demand, including the following specific employment opportunities: