• Optimizing the Master of Science Degree in Health Informatics and Information Management—Part 2

    The Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management (MS in HIIM) at East Carolina University commenced in the fall of 2013 in response to AHIMA’s call for more graduate programs. In this article (the second of a three-part series), we discuss the need for optimization of the program and describe the process undertaken during initial revision of the MS in HIIM. We begin with competition analysis and describe how the deficiencies identified led to the creation of a committee charged with optimizing the program.  

  • The EHR Project: Linking Curricular Components

    This article explains how a baccalaureate-level academic program’s health information systems project and its specific project activities can be linked throughout the health informatics and information management (HIIM) curriculum. Using information technology applications as the theme, it demonstrates how professional-level courses and their subsequent activities can be coordinated throughout the HIIM program.  

  • Healthcare Database Management for Health Informatics and Information Management Students: Challenges and Instruction Strategies—Part 2

    In the first part of this two-part series, the methodology behind the creation of a graduate-level course in healthcare database systems at East Carolina University was presented. The distinction between healthcare and traditional database courses was examined, along with construction of content. Specifically, minimum and extended construct sets pertaining to database modeling and interrogation were defined, taking into consideration accreditation requirements and a desired level of skill. The focus of this article is on implementation details, including course responsiveness and problem deconstruction strategies.  

  • First Steps in Starting a Master of Science Program in Health Informatics and Information Management

    The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) made a strategic decision in the 2000s to advocate for increased numbers of health information management (HIM) professionals educated at the graduate level. Many universities are developing master’s-degree programs in health informatics (HI) and HIM as a result. Our university established the Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management (MS HIIM) program in 2013 in response to this initiative.  

  • Master of Health Information Management Students’ First-Year Experiences: A Case Study

    The purpose of this study was to examine first-year students’ experiences in a new Master of Health Information Management (MHIM) program. The first year in a college program is challenging for students. Specifically, first-year students’ attrition from MHIM programs is an area of growing concern because the demand for health information management (HIM) professionals with advanced degrees is growing faster than the supply of graduates.  

  • Utilizing Open-Source Government Data Sets in Health Information Management Teaching: An Application in Statistics and Data Analytics

    The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Council for Excellence in Education acknowledges the importance of improving the data analytics skills of health information management (HIM) students at the baccalaureate level. This importance is especially reflected in the Informatics, Analytics, and Data Use domain of the HIM curricular competencies defined by AHIMA.  

  • The Value of In-Person Exam Preparation Workshops in Obtaining an AHIMA Credential

    The purpose of this study was to gauge the test-taking success of people who attended RHIA, RHIT, CCS, and CCS-P exam preparation workshops. Information available from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Newly Credentialed Professionals website includes names of people who have passed a credential exam as well as the date the exam was successfully completed.  

  • Gap Analysis for 2014 Curriculum Competencies

    The newly approved and released health information management (HIM) curriculum competencies defined by the AHIMA Foundation provide requirements needed for today’s emerging professionals to be successful in the HIM field. However, these competencies provide a challenge for those in HIM education in terms of implementation due to the number of significant changes and the lead time required for curricular changes at the university level.