The infusion of information and communication technology (ICT) as the electronic health record (EHR) requires a significant increase in the knowledge and skills of the current Canadian health information management (HIM) workforce (Prism Economics and Analysis [Prism], 2009). However, there exists a shortfall in the capacity of the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) to provide the required training and development to the organization’s membership (Prism, 2009). This study is an exploratory qualitative case study to examine the reasons for the CHIMA’s capacity shortfall and whether or not the use of a virtual community of practice (vCoP) might be effective to address the need. Three one-hour teleconference interviews were conducted with the CHIMA leadership. Data were analyzed using the work of Senge (1990a), Rogers (2003), and Wenger (1998) as a theoretical lens, which implies that leadership has a responsibility to provide a strategy and communication channels for organizational learning and development. The study findings provide implications for the CHIMA, its membership, and related educational stakeholder organizations to make firm determinations of their role in continuing professional education (CPE) for Canadian HIM professionals. The study is significant in its contribution to understanding the CPE challenges and opportunities resultant from the EHR implementation. Future research areas include (a) engagement of the CHIMA membership in the association, (b) awareness of Canadian HIM professionals of the changing profession (c) visibility of the Canadian HIM profession, and (d) the role of vCoPs in the Canadian HIM setting.
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 75/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Continuing education, Information science, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Electronic health records, Health informatics, Health information management|
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