About the Profession
Health information management (HIM) professionals are the experts who compile, code, analyze, and prepare health information needed by the patient, the health care facility, the public, agencies that pay the claims, physicians and other members of the healthcare team. The professional may also be responsible for supervision of employees and functions. In addition to hospitals, there are many opportunities in a variety of health related organizations, such as clinics, nursing facilities, rehabilitation sites, behavioral health institutes, insurance companies, consulting agencies, vendors, managed care facilities, private physicians’ offices, and specialty hospitals.
HIM is a growing and changing profession, offering careers that combine an interest in patient care with computers and management. Employment opportunities are available in Arkansas and nationwide.
Salaries are competitive with the various sub-specialty opportunities in the health information management (HIM) field. According to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), more than 50 percent of new graduates start with annual salaries from $30,000 to $50,000. Within five years of graduation, depending upon work experience, and for those who hold a degree, salaries can be $50,000 to $75,000, especially for those interested in management, consulting, and hospital coding for those who hold a degree. Graduates who hold this associate’s degree, have become HIM directors at facilities statewide in Arkansas, such as at the V.A. Medical Center in Little Rock, Sparks Health System in Fort Smith, Select Specialty Hospitals in Little Rock, Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, The Bridgeway Hospital in Little Rock, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison, Arkansas Hospice in Little Rock, Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Walnut Ridge, and St. Vincent General Hospital in Leadville, Colorado.