The International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) is a non-profit organization affiliated with the World Health Organization (WHO) as a non-governmental organization (NGO).
IFHIMA supports national associations and health record professionals to implement and improve health records and the systems, which support them. IFHIMA was established in 1968 as a forum to bring together national organizations committed to improvement in the use of health records in their countries. The founding organizations recognized the need for an international organization to serve as a forum for the exchange of information relating to health records, health information management and information technology.
The purposes of IFHIMA are to:
- promote the development and use of health records/information management in all countries
- advance the development and use of international health records/information management standards
- provide for the exchange of information on health record s/information management education requirements and training programs
- provide opportunities for education and communication between persons working in the field of health records/information management in all countries
- promote the use of technology and the electronic health record
These aspirations are achieved through the collaboration, networking and sharing of experiences and resources of IFHIMA members.
IFHIMA The Federation sends representatives to WHO meetings and works closely with WHO on specific projects of particular concern or interest to WHO in the field of health records and information systems.
IFHIMA has an Executive Board, which is made up of elected officials, the President, the President-Elect, and six Regional Directors representing the Europe, Americas, South East Asia, Western Pacific, Eastern Mediterranean, and Africa.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals worldwide. Serving 52 affiliated component state associations and more than 103,000 health information professionals, it is recognized as the leading source of “HIM knowledge,” a respected authority for rigorous professional education and training.
Founded in 1928 to improve health record quality, AHIMA has played a leadership role in the effective management of health data and medical records needed to deliver quality healthcare to the public.
AHIMA is committed to advancing the HIM profession in an increasingly electronic and global environment through leadership in advocacy, education, certification, and lifelong learning. The health industry continues to evolve, and AHIMA is working to advance the accuracy, reliability, and usefulness of health data by leading key industry initiatives and advocating for consistent standards. Needs are evolving from simply translating data to turning data into knowledge that powers better healthcare decision making.
AHIMA ensures that HIM professionals are armed with the skills and tools to act as leaders, using quality information to achieve the Triple Aim of reduced costs, better care, and improved population health.
- The International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA), <https://ifhima.org/>
- The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), <http://www.ahima.org/>