The Health Information Manager is a health professional who promotes patient care through effective management information system health. Maintain documents, known as Medical Record, accessible and available for the patient care. Define, design, manage and evaluate health information systems. Furthermore, collects, analyze, custody and protects medical information in digitally and traditional manner, vital to the provision of health services, while maintaining the highest standards in data integrity, confidentiality and security.
The Health Information Management (HIM) discipline is focused on ensuring the integrity of health care information and the confidentiality of that information. Today’s HIM professionals team with technology professionals and healthcare clinicians and administrators, helps to develop, implement and maintain software and data systems that support efficient work processes, and provide authorized access to pertinent information for use in patient care, education and research. By studying health information, students will acquire a versatile yet focused skill set incorporating clinical, information technology, leadership and management skills.
The health information manager can offer services in: general and specialized hospitals; nursing homes, health care and outpatient treatment; outpatient surgery center, colleges and universities; insurance companies and pharmaceutical industries in general. It offers advice on various areas and you can create your own business in billing for medical services, among others. Visit AHIMA’s Career Map for additional information on job titles, descriptions, salaries, and career pathways.
Health Information Management (HIM) professionals enjoy a broad selection of job opportunities and options for professional growth. Based on skills, education, and interests, some of the positions available include HIM department director; HIM system manager, data quality manager, information security officer, HIM college instructor, and consultant. Other job titles include privacy officer, compliance officer, health data analyst, patient information coordinator, physician practice manager, and director of quality management. Jobs in health information management are available in every state as well as internationally. A degree in health information management is portable, preparing graduates to work nearly anywhere.
HIM professional works as a critical link between healthcare providers, payers, and patients. The RHIA is an expert in managing patient health information and medical records; administering computer information systems; collecting and analyzing patient data; and using classification systems and medical terminologies. RHIA’s possess comprehensive knowledge of medical, administrative, ethical and legal requirements and standards related to healthcare delivery and the privacy of protected patient information. They often manage people and operational units, participate in administrative committees, and prepare budgets.
A career in HIM is right for you if you:
- See yourself in a career that offers diverse opportunities.
- Would like to work in health care, but not directly with patients.
- Have an aptitude for science, but also like management, law, and computers.
- Enjoy working with professionals: physicians, nurses, lawyers, administrators and executives.
- Want a career where you can choose to work on your own, with others, or some of both.
HIM program incorporate the disciplines of medicine, management, finance, information technology, and law into one curriculum. Because of this unique mixture, HIM graduates can choose from a variety of work settings across an array of healthcare environments.
Program of Study
The program leading to a Master’s Degree at the School of Health Professions, of the Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico. The duration of the program is two years and is offered in evening hours, excluding visits to institutions and internships that are made in daytime.
In order to be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited university.
- General grade point average of at least 2.50.
- Have approved a three-credit course with no less than “C” in each of the following areas: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Automated Data Processing.
- Submit graduate entrance examination (EXADEP only) scores.
Interview with the program’s faculty.
- Fluency in Spanish; must also have knowledge and comprehension of English.
Students are admitted to the program only once in the year and can begin graduate studies in August of the current academic year. Applicants to the program should have submitted all application materials by January 31st. Applicants who have submitted their application by January 31st have until February 28th to complete the submission of application materials. Applications that remain incomplete after February 28th will not be considered for admission. For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 787-758-2525, extension 5228.
Apply for admission to the Program
Admission application should be electronically filed at:
http://de.rcm.upr.edu/Admisiones/Admisiones.aspx, on the date set by the program (in January of each year). For additional information, contact the Admission Office of the Medical Sciences Campus at telephone number (787) 758-2525, extension 5212.
*Obtain a general grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
*Satisfactorily complete (with B or higher) all specialty courses (professional and track).
*Complete all theoretical and clinical practice activities specified by the program.
*Complete graduation requirements (75 credits) within a five-year period.set by the program (in January of each year). For additional information, contact the Admission Office of the Medical Sciences Campus at telephone number (787) 758-2525, extension 5212.
The School of Health Professions at the Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico, gives the Degree of Master in Health Information Management. This degree is authorized by the Board of Education of Puerto Rico. Also, the program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) under the baccalaureate level standards. This is because the skills established for admission to the national exam of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), what is required to practice the profession in Puerto Rico and the US are in accordance to baccalaureate level standards.
Dr. Sandra Silva Cintrón
787-758-2525 ext. 4509, 3499
Dr. Sandra Silva Cintrón
Prof. Amarilis Rivas Vidal
Prof. Sandra Santos Nieves
Dr. Grimilda González Muñiz
School of Health Profession, at the, Medical Sciences Campus, Monacillo Area, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
Master in Health Information Management
School of Health Professions
PO Box 365067
San Juan, Puerto Rico