California Health Information Association (CHIA)

The California Health Information Association (CHIA) is the premier association of health information management professionals in California. CHIA members are dedicated to excellence in the management of personal health information required to deliver quality healthcare to the public.

CHIA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was first established in 1949 and is the California state affiliate of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

CHIA ensures the personal and professional growth of our members and advances the health information management community through networking, education, shared knowledge, and advocacy.

Within CHIA, there are seven regions called Component Local Associations (CLAs). The CLAs provide networking and educational opportunities to members at the local level.

Health Information Management (HIM) professionals perform diverse roles in healthcare and are employed in a wide variety of work settings including hospitals, physician offices, ambulatory care facilities, managed care facilities, long-term care facilities, consulting firms, information system vendors, colleges and universities, insurance providers, pharmaceutical companies, rehabilitation centers, and other healthcare-related venues. HIM professionals often serve in bridge roles, connecting clinical, operational, and administrative functions.

In short, CHIA’s HIM professionals affect the quality of patient information and patient care at every touch point in the healthcare delivery cycle. Having skilled HIM professionals on staff ensures an organization has the right health information on hand when and where it is needed while maintaining the highest standards of data integrity, privacy, confidentiality, and security. (559) 251-5038

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