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For The Record
E-Newsletter    August 2022
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Editor's E-Note

The days of HIM professionals being portrayed as “glorified clerks” handing out giant packets of medical records are long gone. At least they should be.

The profession has adeptly reconfigured itself to be at the heart of the data explosion throughout health care. Protecting and enhancing the quality of health care information is pretty much job No. 1.

For more insights into where the profession is headed, this month’s E-News Exclusive spotlights an industry survey that measured several vital factors in terms of what a career in HIM looks like.

Lee DeOrio, editor
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E-News Exclusive

Census Reveals How HIM Professionals Are Embracing the Opportunity to Evolve

By Angela Lima, BS, CCS, CDIP, CIC, COC

Most HIM professionals say they want to seek additional training in the coming year with plans for skills development focusing on coding, auditing, management, and clinical documentation integrity.

The only constant is change. Change is what drives us to become more enlightened. It forces us to step out of our comfort zones and into new areas of opportunity and growth. It is not always easy, but change can be very rewarding if we learn to embrace it. That is exactly what today’s forward-thinking HIM professionals are doing as technology, the pandemic, and dynamic regulations continue to shape the profession.

Libman Education’s 2022 HIM Professional Census found that most HIM professionals want to seek additional training in the coming year with plans to focus on coding (81%), auditing (58%), management (39%), and clinical documentation integrity (28%). Libman Education conducted its annual HIM Professional Census in May 2022, and more than 1,200 participants nationwide responded.

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