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What are the reasons for there being so many new emerging types of health care workers? What are some services and provider types emerging from these roles? How have these types or services affected your life?
The expertise of HIM professionals is now being used in all healthcare environments that collect, organize, and analyze healthcare data. [ [ As the move to the practice of evidence-based medicine increases, employment opportunities for HIM professionals continue to grow in diverse employment settings. According to the 2003 AHIMA Work Force Study data, approximately 53 percent of AHIMA
professionals work in hospital acute care settings.3 This is compared to the 60 percent reported to work in hospital acute care settings in the 1995 AHIMA Roles and Functions Study. Projecting this trend to 2010, one would expect to find less than half of AHIMA professionals working in hospital acute care settings. The unique skills and knowledge sets of the HIM individual are being recognized in roles that blend professional, clinical, and research skills with knowledge of business operations and insight into management of information systems. In both traditional and nontraditional work roles, job responsibilities have shifted to include involvement in evidence-based quality improvement initiatives, participation in clinical research projects, and risk management. For example, academic medical centers offer employment opportunities for those trained in compliance, performance improvement, IT, and research. The HIM professional possesses the combination of knowledge and skills sought after in collaborative research projects in the healthcare arena today. HIM educators possess a valuable set of knowledge and skills, placing them in leadership roles in the design and implementation of research projects. The skills and knowledge that HIM educators bring to the research process include (1) expertise in statistics and research methodology; (2) technical knowledge of information systems and of the application of IT to solving clinical problems; (3) understanding of workflow; and (4) knowledge of educational theory and curriculum development. ] ]
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