An Exploratory Study Demonstrating the Health Information Management Profession as a STEM Discipline

Dilhari R. DeAlmeida, Shannon H. Houser, Victoria Wangia-Anderson, Susan H. Fenton, Anita Hazelwood, Amanda C. Barefield, Jeanne M. Freeman, Lolita M. Jones, Karen Bakuzonis, Debra L. Hamada

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Abstract

It is time to make the case for health information management (HIM) to be included in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. A careful review of the HIM competencies approved by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) illustrates the role of HIM professionals in informatics, data analytics, and data use. More precisely, the competency subdomains clearly align with content in the STEM disciplines of science, math, and technology, and the individual competencies or tasks in each subdomain solidify the assertion that HIM should be considered part of the STEM disciplines. Evaluation of AHIMA membership data showed that, at the education and work setting levels, AHIMA members are employed in many areas that are common to both HIM and STEM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1a
JournalPerspectives in health information management
Volume16
Issue numberSummer
StatePublished - Jun 1 2019

Keywords

  • HIM professionals
  • STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)
  • curricular competency
  • health information management (HIM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    DeAlmeida, D. R., Houser, S. H., Wangia-Anderson, V., Fenton, S. H., Hazelwood, A., Barefield, A. C., Freeman, J. M., Jones, L. M., Bakuzonis, K., & Hamada, D. L. (2019). An Exploratory Study Demonstrating the Health Information Management Profession as a STEM Discipline. Perspectives in health information management, 16(Summer), 1a.