Health information management (HIM)- A review of education and research in India

July 2013
Indian Journal of Higher Education;Jul-Dec2013, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p52
Academic Journal
The changing disease patterns, burgeoning healthcare costs, lack of trained healthcare workers, besides need for improving patient quality and safety has led to pertinent need for inculcating technology led healthcare services. Further, low permeation of information technology (IT) in healthcare and lack of trained healthcare IT professionals has led to increasing training needs and acknowledgement of 'Health informatics' and 'Health information management (HIM)' as an emerging academic discipline. It is emerging that knowledge professionals in health informatics could drive accessibility, accountability and affordability of health care services across wide socio-economic and geographical barriers. The gap between the supply and demand for professional healthcare information/administrators to work in the healthcare organization in India, pharmaceutical companies, third party administration and other healthcare providers requires attention. Looking at current alarming health indices in India, the need for competent health informaticians emerges for multiple tasks such as gathering and analysing data, judicious decision making processes for resource allocation besides greater adoption of technology led healthcare services. The formal and non-formal modes of course delivery in health informatics, albeit limited, have started spreading in India. This paper assimilates all the health informatics courses offered in India. An attempt has also been made to put together health informatics research innovation projects supported by the government. New and previous studies were gathered through review of literature and web searching in addition to domain expert's knowledge. It was observed that health information management professionals are increasingly getting added to the limited human resource knowledge worker pool in this segment, that is poised to make a difference in changing healthcare services in India.


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