As a profession we have experienced many changes over the years that have transformed our working lives. Since the 1980’s we have been preparing for what many Health Information Managers (HIMs) see as their biggest challenge, the transformation from paper medical records to electronic health records (EHRs). To date, the EHR has been implemented by a number of health care facilities around the country with HIMs playing an important role in their implementation. Using their expertise in clinical documentation HIMs have worked hard during the transition to ensure the maintenance of accurate and complete personal health care data, and that strong security and privacy guidelines are maintained. However, the transformation to a fully electronic health record is still limited in many Australian hospitals.
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