HIM professionals need to strive for continuous integration
within the respective healthcare teams at their facilities and
must take a proactive stance towards interprofessional education. HIM practitioners can apply the A-I-C model toward this
goal (see Figure 2 on page 21).
Awareness of interprofessional education opportunities for
HIM roles is the first step and an ongoing activity. HIM professionals should strive to create awareness among other healthcare professionals of their respective roles so that the HIM
department is not sidelined. Interprofessional education is especially applicable in raising awareness of HIM among other
healthcare professions, and the education should take place at
the staff-, management-, and upper management-level.
Integration with existing interprofessional education activities is the second step. HIM professionals should engage with
existing patient care teams and in staff training events and other
interprofessional activities. HIM must be proactive to represent
the HIM discipline on patient care teams and in staff training
events to enable and improve the information driving clinical
and business decisions.
Creation of interprofessional education activities becomes an
appropriate third step, if interprofessional education has not yet
begun at a healthcare organization. For example, the EHR has
become a common tool spanning almost all clinical and administrative roles in healthcare. HIM professionals should have expertise with their local EHR system; they can use this expertise
to engage other professionals and departments as a resource on
EHR use. One opportunity to create interprofessional education
activities is to host a lunchtime training session covering appropriate topics of the organization’s EHR.
Another opportunity is to proactively publish data quality im-
provement reports about the EHR and new features available in
the system. HIM could publish a newsletter or create an inter-
nal company webpage to highlight research recently conducted
on local EHR data. HIM could also conduct regular webinars to
highlight the importance of information governance and its re-
lationship to patient and business outcomes of the healthcare
organization. These activities can accomplish the interprofes-
sional education objective while also demonstrating HIM capa-
bilities of data analytics and information governance. Engaging
with patients and families during a healthcare encounter—not
only before and after—also reinforces HIM’s role on the patient
Recommendations for HIM Educators
HIM educators can apply the A-I-C model toward interprofessional education initiatives as shown in Figure 3 above. While
all phases of the A-I-C model may be applied at all HIM educational levels, there are practical constraints related to the maximum number of program hours and required content for accreditation. It may be most appropriate for associate-level HIM
programs to focus on awareness, while baccalaureate programs
strive to achieve awareness and integration with interprofessional education activities. Master’s degree programs may have
the most flexibility to create new interprofessional education
activities. All levels of activity are dependent upon availability of
other academic disciplines and cooperating faculty.
HIM professionals should seek out and be aware of any
existing interprofessional education activities in their academic institution. Awareness is the first step and has no cost.
Educators should also integrate HIM into existing activities—leveraging existing opportunities may have little cost or
Figure 3: Awareness, Integration, Creation (A-I-C) Model for HIM Educators
Relevance of Interprofessional
Education for HIM