HIM Professionals

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Health Information Management Professionals

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Health information management (HIM) professionals are certified experts in the science and technology of health information management. They possess a unique blend of knowledge and skills encompassing biomedical sciences, information science and technology, the legal aspects of health information management including privacy, and the integration of clinical and financial information.

For more detailed and printable information, please refer to Canada's Health Care Providers, 2000 to 2009—A Reference Guide  (full report).

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Practice Setting

HIM professionals are employed in a variety of health care settings including acute care, community health clinics, mental health and outreach programs, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, as well as government agencies, privacy commissioner’s offices, educational institutions, pharmaceutical companies and workers’ compensation offices. HIM professionals work in the areas of health records, health information management, decision support, privacy, quality management, research and statistics, information systems, utilization management and risk management.


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Regulatory Environment

There are no legislated regulatory requirements for HIM professionals in Canada as of 2010. Many employers require certification with the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) as a condition of employment.


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Practice Criteria

To work/practise as a HIM professional in Canada, one must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a diploma or bachelor’s degree from an accredited program.
  • For external graduates, hold a bachelor’s degree other than HIM program plus three years working in health information management, health information or ehealth area and complete other educational requirements.
  • Pass the Canadian College of Health Information Management national certification examination through CHIMA and maintain certification as required.

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Education Requirements

A diploma or a bachelor’s degree is currently the entry-to-practice requirement for a HIM professional in Canada. The following table provides a comprehensive list of programs accredited by the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA).

Internationally Educated HIM Professionals

To practise in Canada, an internationally educated HIM professional must meet the following requirements:

  • Contact CHIMA for assessment and recognition of credentials, including language proficiency for certification and other requirements.
  • Enrol in a continuing education program in areas where gaps are identified.
  • Pass the Canadian College of Health Information Management national certification examination through CHIMA and maintain certification as required.

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