Southwest Florida College-Port Charlotte Celebrates Health Information Professionals Week March 16-22

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Southwest Florida College’s Port Charlotte campus joins with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) March 16-22 to honor and celebrate health information professionals during the 25th annual Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week. This year’s theme is “Transforming Healthcare with Information.”

From 4:30 – 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, Southwest Florida College Health Information Management Program Director Karin Applegate will host an open forum with current students, graduates and Advisory Board representatives. Her presentation, “The Management of Health Information — More Important Now Than Ever,” will be followed by refreshments and a sub sandwich dinner at no charge. The public is invited to join the campus for this special occasion, at which graduates and students will be honored with awards for their impact on the Health Information community.

All week long, the school will open its campus for a Health Information Open House. Prospective students and area residents are invited to visit the college, tour the facility, meet Health Information Management faculty members, and learn more about campus life. If you are interested in visiting and getting a tour during our open house week, Southwest Florida College is open from 8:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday. For more information, call 941-391-8888.

“The work health information management (HIM) professionals do to ensure the integrity of health information is imperative to clinical and administrative decision making. Access to accurate information helps us all make better decisions, which leads to a healthy society,” Applegate says. “During this week, we take time to spotlight and celebrate the important role HIM professionals play in our healthcare system.”

As the focus in healthcare shifts from collecting data to using information effectively, healthcare organizations will continue to depend on HIM professionals as leaders in this area, Applegate notes. With their expertise in management of information, as well as data integrity and analytics, health information professionals are in a position to move the healthcare industry into a transformed future.

HIP Week 2014 coincides with AHIMA’s “Hill Day,” when AHIMA members visit Capitol Hill and share the importance of advancing information governance, privacy and security, and fraud and abuse concerns.

Representing more than 71,000 specially educated HIM professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices, and effective standards in health information, and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide.

About Southwest Florida College

Established in 1974, Southwest Florida College is an accredited private institution committed to offering students career-focused programs that are relevant to employers’ needs. With campuses in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Port Charlotte, Tampa, and online, the college prepares students for success in today’s most demanding careers. Southwest Florida College offers degree and diploma programs in Allied Health, Business, Design, Education, Information Technology, Legal Studies and Nursing, as well as GED Prep. Program offerings vary by campus; call 877-820-7306 or visit for more information.