April 05, 2021

Sedalia, MissouriApril 5, 2021 – Students and faculty in State Fair Community College’s Health Information Technology program will observe Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week April 18-24 in conjunction with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). This year’s theme is “Keeping Health Information Human.” 

“Health Information professionals are trusted by patients and providers alike with the most sensitive data that exists about a person, while making sure it’s available where and when it’s needed,” said AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE. “The commitment of health information professionals to keep patient health information reliable and protected at all times is critical. I am excited to celebrate their work to keep health information human.” 

During HIP Week, health information professionals engage in focused activities at their healthcare organizations and in their communities to raise awareness of their important work. In addition, health systems recognize the accomplishments of their health information team during HIP Week.  

Visit the hipweek.org website to explore first-hand accounts of how health information professionals impact the healthcare ecosystem and patient care. The website also features innovative ideas on advancing patient care and recognizes the professionals and the organizations who support the goal of keeping health information human.   

“The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly highlighted the importance of collecting and managing health data not only to our students but throughout the world,” said Beverly Marquez, SFCC’s Health Information Technology program director. “’Keeping Health Information Human’ is a great theme for HIP Week because our students have been able to see how their career path plays an important and valuable role not only in patients’ healthcare but also in our communities and globally.” 

Individuals who wish to recognize a health information professional can donate to the AHIMA Foundation in their honor and AHIMA will recognize them on social media during HIP Week. Follow the hashtag #HIPWEEK21 to see how individuals and organizations celebrate. 

AHIMA is a global nonprofit association of health information (HI) professionals. AHIMA represents professionals who work with health data for more than one billion patient visits each year. AHIMA’s mission is to empower people to positively impact healthcare and credential HI professionals to ensure that health information is accurate, complete, and available to patients and providers. AHIMA leaders work at the intersection of healthcare, technology and business and are found in data integrity and information privacy job functions worldwide. 

To learn more about Health Information Technology careers, go to [www.sfccmo.edu/health-information-technology]www.sfccmo.edu/health-information-technology, or contact Marquez at bmarquez@sfccmo.edu or (660) 596-7259.

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