About Us

ILHIMA is a component association of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

AHIMA is a global nonprofit association of health information (HI) professionals with more than 71,000 members and more than 100,000 credentials in the field. The AHIMA mission of empowering people to impact health drives our members and credentialed HI professionals to ensure that health information is accurate, complete, and available to patients and providers. Our leaders work at the intersection of healthcare, technology, and business and are found in data integrity and information privacy job functions worldwide.

Founded in 1928 to improve health record quality, AHIMA has played a leadership role in the effective management of health data and medical records needed to deliver quality healthcare to the public.

Donna, Sheryl and Tracey at DeVry University

Vision

Transforming health and healthcare by connecting people, systems, and ideas in a global society.

Mission

Empowering people to impact health in Illinois.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Illinois Health Information Management Association (ILHIMA) Enterprises are committed to embracing the diversity of our staff, members, volunteers, and other stakeholders, and support the need for equity and inclusiveness in our organization, our profession, and in advocating for improved healthcare that is broadly accessible and equitable to all individuals.

AHIMA’s mission is Empowering People to Impact Health. To support this, AHIMA and ILHIMA are committed to striving for equity for all patients and members. Equity for our patients means that everyone has access to healthcare without differences in access, treatments, or outcomes for certain populations. AHIMA is working across the healthcare landscape to educate, align, and advocate for purposeful and informed strategies that safeguard privacy, reduce cost, improve quality of care, and foster a patient-centered experience that is broadly accessible and equitable to the communities the health system serves.

At AHIMA and ILHIMA a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace is one where all staff, members, volunteers, and other stakeholders feel valued and respected, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, military/veteran status, sexual orientation or identity, education, or disability or on any other basis included in applicable state or federal laws.

What is Health Information?

Health information is complex, nuanced, and ever-changing. An electronic signifier of identity, its integrity is as essential as a fingerprint, or social security number.

The data that comes with every healthcare experience—every conversation, knee tap, and blood draw—generates essential information that can significantly impact our personal and collective well-being. The responsible collection, protection, and analysis of health information allows practitioners to provide effective care, innovative economic engines to run, researchers to make life-saving discoveries, and individuals to maintain good health. Because of its uniquely-human characteristics, the proper management of health information requires a diverse range of expertise and a deep understanding of a space that is in constant evolution. AHIMA-certified professionals keep health information human. Our credentials are proof of our commitment to staying informed and up to date in the subtleties of this critical resource.

  • Health information is human information.
  • Health information drives innovation.
  • Health information impacts well-being.