The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals. AHIMA's more than 71,000 members are dedicated to the effective management of personal health information required to deliver quality healthcare to the public. Founded in 1928 to improve the quality of medical records, AHIMA is committed to advancing the HIM profession in an increasingly electronic and global environment through leadership in advocacy, education, certification, and lifelong learning.
Quality information is essential to all aspects of today's healthcare system. Health information management (HIM) is the body of knowledge and practice that ensures the availability of health information to facilitate real-time healthcare delivery and critical health-related decision making for multiple purposes across diverse organizations, settings, and disciplines.
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The Blue Button Initiative
The Blue Button Initiative is a national program that allows patients to view and down load personal health information. The program includes pledges of support from many stakeholders to make it easier for individuals and their caregivers to have secure, timely, and electronic access to their health information.
AHIMA Awareness Campaign
AHIMA has joined many diverse stakeholder groups to support the Blue Button initiative and has taken the Blue Button Pledge with the Office of the National Coordinator for health information technology. AHIMA is encouraging AHIMA members to become AHIMA Blue Button pledge supporters and also help spread the word to their employers, family, friends, providers and fellow HIM professionals.