About Us

About Us

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

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals worldwide. Serving 52 affiliated component state associations and more than 103,000 health information professionals, it is recognized as the leading source of “HIM knowledge,” a respected authority for rigorous professional education and training.

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

The Illinois Health Information Management Association will set the standard and be the recognized leader in health information management practice, education, and advocacy in Illinois.

Mission

As the membership organization of health information management professionals, the Illinois Health Information Management Association fosters the professional development of its members through education and lifelong learning. These commitments promote quality health information for the benefit of the public, the health care consumers, providers and other users of clinical data.

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.