What they do
Health information managers combine knowledge of healthcare processes, health records and administration, information management and human resources management to provide services that meet the medical, legal, ethical and administrative requirements of the healthcare system. They work closely with doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to collect and generate records and reports about patients, which can be used to assist in areas such as diagnosing illness and disease, making decisions about treatment options and patient care planning. Health information managers combine medical knowledge with technical knowledge of computer systems and databases to create information management systems that are detailed, precise and secure, to protect patients’ privacy.
Health information managers work in a variety of settings within the healthcare system, including hospitals, government health departments, insurance companies, community health services and other healthcare facilities. They can work in locations all over Western Australia, from small doctors' surgeries in rural and remote towns, to larger hospitals in the heart of Perth. Most health information managers work regular office hours, however, those working in hospitals may work shifts, which can include nights, weekends and public holidays.
Tools and technologies
Some health information managers may work with hardcopy records; however, there is an increasing trend toward electronically-stored data. Due to this trend, health information managers need to be comfortable using computers, especially programs used to create and maintain electronic databases.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a health information manager, you usually need to study a degree in science or health science with a major in health information management at university. Alternatively, you can study a degree in a related field followed by a postgraduate qualification in health information management.
There are no health information management degrees offered at universities in Western Australia. Some universities interstate offer relevant courses which may be available via distance education. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.