The use of health information technology products and services is growing globally as countries innovate their healthcare system to improve care/outcomes and reduce costs. All healthcare systems, regardless of how well financed or organized, need sufficient numbers of well-trained and highly skilled workers to implement and manage long-term their health information and technology systems. To address the changing needs for a skilled workforce, a comprehensive education and workforce strategy is needed for health information management (HIM), health informatics (HI) and health information technology (HIT).
Many of the technology requirements (e.g., electronic health records), standards (e.g., Health Level 7), and terminologies (e.g., SNOMED, ICD-10) are global in nature supporting the need for a defined set of competencies for HIM, HI and HIT workers globally.
To address this need, the U.S. Department of Commerce has supported the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and its partner the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) in an initiative to establish a global health information curricula and competency standard that provides a framework for healthcare and education systems worldwide to build a workforce strategy.