HIM Core Model Components
THE PRIMARY HIM ROLE of information governance and stewardship will depend on the profession’s ability to document data,
analyze data for quality improvement and research, and implement and control both the content and use of data within the organization. To fulfill these roles, HIM professionals will require a wide breadth of educational experience at various levels.
Investment in Faculty and Workforce Development
As healthcare becomes increasingly dependent on technology
it becomes increasingly dependent on data. The ability to transform data into information is at the heart of current and future
To meet the demand for a highly trained research faculty and
data analysts, HIM faculty and workforce require expanded
educational and research training opportunities. One example
would be an extension of the AHIMA Virtual Lab beyond students to faculty and current professionals.
By creating programs that address the need to train faculty
and provide data for secondary research (as shown in the core
model), AHIMA will enhance the level of HIM faculty doing research, train future HIM professionals in the areas of research
and quality improvement, and create a more competitive faculty in obtaining grant funds.
This rippling effect will further enhance the prestige of the
profession, allow academic expansion into tier 1 and tier 2 research universities, create new job opportunities for HIM graduates and career pathways into C-level occupations, and serve
as the impetus to begin developing doctoral programs.
Workforce Development: Roadmap to the C-Suite
Growing the HIM profession requires a focus on both those who
are beginning their education as well as those already in the
workforce. It is important to offer current professionals educa-
tional opportunities for growth and development that can lead
to decision-making positions within healthcare organizations.