Strategic Research Priorities
The AHIMA Foundation research priorities are developed annually by consensus of nationally-recognized industry experts. The priorities are used to provide strategic guidance on both internal and external research initiatives supported by the Foundation.
One of the Foundation's top priorities is to support and invest in research that reveals best practices – as well as uncovering ineffective practices – in managing health information. Findings from research advance the industry in myriad ways; examples include quality improvement and cost savings from research on workflow re-engineering, and locally and nationally standardizing privacy and security practices for health information exchanges.
As the industry and profession of health information evolves, practitioners, administrators, researchers, policymakers and other healthcare stakeholders (such as employers, health plans, retail health clinics and other new entrants) will require new, actionable approaches with measurable outcomes. These outcomes inform the profession, research, policy and practice.
The AHIMA Foundation focuses on three key goals for research:
- Translating evidence-based health information research into actionable policy and practice
- Informing and advancing the HIM profession
- Establishing strategic alliances that will advance innovative and effective policy and research
Information gained from unrestricted and/or publicly funded research is available on this website and can be made available upon request. Please direct requests for policy and research reports to: Michelle Dougherty, Director of Research and Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 233-1914.