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Health Information Management

Health Information Management (HIM) professionals specialize in managing patient data in paper and electronic format.  From the time the patient is admitted, throughout the stay up to and including discharge and post  discharge, patient information is constantly being gathered based on the patient assessment and treatment. Once the patient leaves the hospital, the insurance claim is produced and state and federal agency reporting is notified of all patient activity.  HIM professionals focus their attention on the collection, timeliness, flow, accuracy, completeness and most importantly the immediate availability of all the patient data that resides within hospital information systems along with any handwritten, dictated or recorded image such as an x-ray study. 

In addition, HIM professional's skills are utilized in many areas of vocation such as information systems and their design, workflow processes, clinical data and clinical research, medical insurance companies, accounting and medical legal business. HIM professionals prepare statistical reports and/or summarize data that is useful for marketing, performance improvement, compliance and for administrative decision support.
 
Health Information Management at St. Mary Medical Center:

At St. Mary Medical Center Health Information Management professionals are responsible for managing the Health Information Management Department; oversee Patient Safety, Quality Management and Utilization Review.  Another area of responsibility is coding.  Many St. Mary Medical Center HIM professionals work as remote coders and Core Measure Data Abstractors right from their own home.  They are responsible for reading the patient's chart, abstracting specific patient documentation, determining the correct diagnosis and procedures, assigning an ICD-9-CM code that its the description ultimately creating the bill. Revenue Cycle Specialist is a HIM professional that tracks billing activity, total dollar amount unbilled and the reason why. They play key role with the Business Office to generate a clean claim. Electronic Record Specialist play a role in assuring that the patient electronic record is specific to one person and that all data within that record is correct.  The EMR has the ability to merge documents along with financial data.

Career Opportunities:

St. Mary Medical Center offers multiple opportunities for entry-level and experienced Health Information Management professionals who are interested in working in a hospital setting that is moving towards a complete and integrated electronic medical record, remote capabilities, broad range including complex medical surgical services in and cutting edge medicine within a hospital setting. New employees can choose from specializing in Clinical CodingSpecialist:  inpatient or outpatient, Data Quality Management, Clinical Data Integrity Specialist, APC or MS-DRG Coordinator, Electronic Medical Record Specialist or in management such as HIM Director/Administrator, HIM Manager, Data Integrity Manager. Individuals who are credentialed as a Registered Health Information Administrator or Technician or who will be sitting for their exam and are interested in exploring the many career opportunities available at St. Mary Medical Center should contact Courtney Burnett in the Human Resources Department at 215-710-2513.

Education Opportunities:

St. Mary Health Information Management Department offers many opportunities for observation, volunteer and clinical internship.Please contact Barbara Lopez, RHIA  Data Integrity Manager, at 215-710-6966 or Dawn Manon at 215-710-2087 if you are interested in St. Mary Medical Center for your fieldwork opportunity.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals who are interested in more direct experience with patients but do not have the academic background. Opportunities may include medical record assembly, analysis, compilation review of procedures. Observation/Shadowing Individuals considering Health Information Management Professional are invited to observe a Health Information Management professional for several days. Please contact Lillian Schonewolf in the Volunteer department at 215-710-2096 for more information.