Effective and efficient management of health institutions is a key prerequisite to enabling the dynamic and sustainable development of national health systems. In an increasingly digital society, the human capacity for knowledge and skills in health information management becomes the primary factor in ensuring the sustainable development of healthcare institutions. Therefore, health institutions are showing great interest in hiring experts in the field of health information management. According to a prediction by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics “students with a master’s degree in health information management, will have good perspective with 18% growing employment between 2018 and 2028”. Employment in European healthcare systems is projected to grow in all healthcare occupations, but especially in those related to information management such as applied informatics professional, public health informatics professional, and chief medical information officer.
The main goal of the Health Information Management: Empowering Public Health is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the study and development of health information management in a clear and understandable manner. The textbook is designed to be used by university and vocational school programs to train allied health professionals. Furthermore, it can be used as an in-service training tool for new healthcare-facility personnel, government healthcare institutions, independent billing and health assurance services, or individually by health information specialists. Students and professionals can learn more about what health information management is and how it merges the fields of healthcare and information technology before pursuing a degree in the field. Readers will learn how to organize and analyze healthcare data; accurately record, store and assess health data; use an electronic patient record system; provide statistical analysis and interpret the results; as well as logical thinking, communications, and organizational processes in healthcare institutions.
This textbook has been produced within the Erasmus+ project “Enhancement of study programs in Public Health Law, Health Management, Health Economics and Health Informatics in Montenegro (PH-ELIM)”, Ref.No: 573997-EPP-1-2016-1-ME-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP, funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views of the authors only, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
The Editors would like thank the authors and co-authors for their efforts in providing their chapter contributions in their fields of expertise in a didactic and pedagogical manner, with exercises and problems fostering and challenging the knowledge and skills of the readers to pursue further and fathom the field of Health Information Management.
Finally, we would like to thank both Arie Hasman and John Mantas for their diligent reviewing of the entire book and for providing advice to the authors. We are also thankful to Dr. Emmanouil Zoulias and Ms. Marianna Isaakidou, colleagues at the Health Informatics Laboratory of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, for their additional editing in refining each chapter according to the template.