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American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is a professional organization dedicated to helping health care professionals manage personal health information in their effort to provide quality health care to the public.

AHIMA was founded in 1928 as the Association of Record Librarians of North America with an initial goal of improving the quality of medical records. Through the years, AHIMA has also been known as the American Association of Medical Record Librarians and the American Medical Record Association. Though medical records have traditionally been physical, paper documents, AHIMA is working toward the implementation of electronic health record (EHR) systems as an attempt to standardize and make more efficient the movement of patient information between medical professionals.

The Chicago-based organization currently has more than 57,000 members and 52 affiliated state associations. Members receive access to professional resources, continuing education programs and certification credentials.

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This was last updated in April 2012
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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