Health information management advocates push for HIM in Jobs Act

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is calling on the Obama administration to include health information management (HIM) in the American Jobs Act. AHIMA's call to action comes as the Department of Labor announced a multi-million dollar grant to train workers in emerging fields, including HIM.

AHIMA's recently announced its workforce initiative at the association's annual convention in Salt Lake City, saying it will work to support tens of thousands of HIM professionals through a legislative platform and hands-on training.

The association has also partnered with North Shore Medical Labs to assist physicians in small practices in Alabama, Mississippi and North Carolina on the use of electronic health record (EHR) software and services.

Meanwhile, the Department of Labor has announced more than $159 million in grants to help agencies provide technical training in high-growth fields. A majority of the money will be targeted for people who have been out of work for six months or longer and includes more than $4 million to support on-the-job training for the healthcare information technology sector.

The agency said it is also accepting applications for $240 million worth of grants to be given out in a second round of training later this year.