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The Health Information Management program is designed to train graduates to manage patient health information and medical records, administer computer information systems, collect and analyze patient data, and use classification systems. Health Information professionals care for patients by caring for their medical data. The HIM graduate also manages people and operational units, and interacts with all levels of an organization that employ patient data in decision-making and everyday operations.
The PSMCHS mission is to train quality medical personnel to serve in the different applied medical jobs of the Medical Services Division (MSD). The HIM program is committed to educating students for a future in Ministry of Defence hospitals characterized by change, increased dependency on information and communication technology, and life-long learning.
The Health Information Management program will create value for healthcare organizations by offering a practical, responsive program that will meet the needs of future employers while providing exceptional service to our students.
Area 1 - Student-Centered
Goal 1: Produce graduates who will use critical thinking skills and other effective skills to implement knowledge of health information systems.
Goal 2: Produce graduates who will embrace lifelong learning.
Goal 3: Sequence courses to assist students in successfully meeting course and school requirements to achieve graduation within five years (4 years academic, 1 year internship).
Area 2 - Program-Centered
Goal 4: Retain enrolled students in the HIM program.
Area 3 - Community-Centered
Goal 5: Maintain visibility of the HIM program throughout the community and Saudi Arabia.
Area 4 - Faculty-Centered
Goal 6: Encourage faculty to participate in scholarly research.
Goal 7: Retain faculty who will demonstrate support of lifelong learning through updating of knowledge/skills.
The Needs Assessment
The Job Market
Computerization of the health record has accelerated in developed industrialized countries. Within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, there is a strong commitment to the development of eHealth, with committed funding by the government. However, the rate of implementing EHRs in hospitals across the Kingdom needs to be increased to keep pace with technological changes and data exchange standards internally and globally. More emphasis must be placed on the collection, analysis, and aggregation of secondary data for improvement of the national healthcare system. In keeping with this trend, Saudi health information managers will be in demand as the governmental and private healthcare sectors continue to grow.