How sick am I?
What should my family do?
Do I need an advocate?
Do I need Health Information Management?
Advocates support and promote the rights of the patient in the health care arena, help build capacity to improve community health and enhance health policy initiatives focused on available, safe and quality care.
Health advocates are best suited to address the challenge of patient-centered care in our complex healthcare system.
Health information management professionals plan information systems, develop health policy, and identify current and future information needs.
In addition, they may apply the science of informatics to the collection, storage, analysis, use, and transmission of information to meet legal, professional, ethical and administrative records-keeping requirements of health care delivery.
They work with clinical, epidemiological, demographic, financial, reference, and coded healthcare data.
Elaine O’Bleness, MBA, RHIA, CDIP, CHP, CRCR is a recognized authority on health information management.
With more than 25 years experience in healthcare organizations, higher education, and health information technology.
O’Bleness is a former president of the Colorado Health Information Management Association and widely published in HIM and Healthcare Revenue Cycle publications.
She holds an MBA degree from the University of Texas at Tyler and a Bachelor of Science degree from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan.”