Evolution Of Health Information Management

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The health information management (HIM) has come a long way and continues to change to keep up with the fast changes of technology. Three distinctive steps influenced development of the profession. These included the hospital standardization movement, the organization of records librarians, and the approval of formal education process and a curriculum for medical record librarians. This was summarized by Edna Huffman in an article appearing in March 1941 issue of the Bulletin of the American Association of Medical Record Librarians (Huffman 1941). The HIM began in 1928 with the establishment of the Association of Record Librarians of North American (ARLNA). Over the years the name had changed many times to reflect the healthcare environment,

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