Health Information Management professionals work with health care
data. They acquire, analyze, interpret, maintain, release, and
protect medical information be it in digital or paper form. They
also design, implement, and maintain health information technology
HIM professional work in many different types of jobs, including
medical coder, cancer registrar, HIM supervisor, HIM manager, HIM
director, compliance officer, information privacy officer,
information security officer, quality improvement analyst, release
of information professional, IS professional, and software
professional. In the future, many new HIM jobs will be created with
the adoption of the electronic health record.
HIM professionals work in health care, but often do not work
directly with patients. They work in a variety of healthcare
settings, including hospitals, physicians' offices, long-term care
facilities, consulting firms, mental health facilities, correctional
facilities, accounting firms, insurance companies, and
Education level for people working in HIM varies from
on-the-job trained file clerks to highly educated doctorate level
professionals. Formal HIM training programs incorporate
medicine, management, finance, information technology, and law into
Several HIM credentials are available through AHIMA. For more info,
see the credentials page.
RHIT & RHIA Exams
RHIT certification exam - AS
degree in HIT/HIM required
Good study and review books for the
Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam are the Merida
Johns' and Mervat Abdelhak's books below. A popular review guide for this exam is the PRG Guide for the RHIA & RHIT examinations by
Patricia Schnering, better known as the "PRG study guide."
New for 2009!
AHIMA now offers an online RHIT exam prep series. It consists of self-paced, 6-12 lesson courses covering five RHIT domains. Some modules are available now, and all will be available by Jun 1st, 2009. For more info, visit AHIMA's e-learning section.
RHIA certification exam - BS
degree in HIM required
Good study books for the Registered
Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam are the Kathleen LaTour's and Mervat Abdelhak's books below. Plus the same PRG study guide and AHIMA's prep course as above.
I passed the RHIT exam several years ago on my first try with a very high score. This is how I prepared for it:
Textbook -- I mostly used our main
textbook "Health Information: Management of Strategic Resource" by Abdelhak for my exam preparation. This was before AHIMA published their textbooks for the RHIT and RHIA programs.
Review guide -- I used
the Professional Review Guide for the RHIT Exam book for test practice. This book is also known as the "PRG study/review guide" for the RHIT and RHIA examinations. It was originally published by the PRG Publishing company, but Delmar Cengage Learning acquired them in 2005.
Timeline -- I took the exam a few months after graduation when the HIT/HIM program material was still fresh in my mind.