step is to share what is working (or not working) within one’s
organization through publishing.
Publishing is Your Duty
The first thing you might ask yourself is, “Why do I need to publish?” This article could spend considerable time documenting
the myriad benefits of publishing, but the authors will leave it
at these five points:
1. It’s your duty! The HIM Code of Ethics states that it is a
HIM professional’s obligation to contribute to the Body
of Knowledge, as they should “advance health information management knowledge and practice through
continuing education, research, publications, and presentations.”
2. The profession and practices are changing rapidly, and
these practices need to be evaluated for efficacy.
3. There is increased competition for HIM-related positions,
and thus documenting HIM expertise is critical. There are
many personal benefits to publishing, such as career opportunities, networking, professional growth, and more.
4. There is a need to develop and maintain HIM and professional visibility, and this can be accomplished through
highlighting one’s expertise.
5. Perhaps most importantly, it is mission-critical to demon-
strate the HIM professional’s value to the broader health-
Those who have any hesitation about their ability or inclination to publish should start by asking these questions:
Do I have a particular area of interest or expertise in a
Could others benefit from my knowledge?
Is there a gap between my knowledge and what’s happening in practice?
Do I want to grow professionally?
Writing is a Process
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then publishing
should be in your future. Now that you’ve been convinced to
publish, here are a few steps to begin the process.
Identify and Choose a Topic
This first step can be daunting. A good way to start is by doing some brainstorming. Think about topics or areas of interest and/or experiences you’ve had. Are there projects you’ve
worked on that others could learn from? Have you implemented something innovative at your organization? Have you addressed a significant issue through the use of data? What are
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