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Code of ethics

The Canadian College of Health Information Management’s code of ethics was created to guide the ethical conduct of health information professionals in Canada. It identifies the morals, values, and principles that members of the health information industry must uphold. What the code of ethics is not able to do is guarantee ethical behaviour.

Revised in 2008

It is the responsibility of each member to:

  1. 1. Strive, at all times, to provide services consistent with quality health care promotion and prevention.
  2. 2. Strive, at all times, to protect the privacy, security, and confidentiality of health information in any form or medium.
  3. 3. Perform duties diligently and offer only those services for which one is qualified.
  4. 4. Conduct oneself in the practice of the profession so as to bring honour and dignity to oneself, the HIM™ profession and the Canadian College of Health Information Management.
  5. 5. Conduct oneself in an ethical manner consistent with the values of the Canadian College of Health Information Management and report any unethical practices to the appropriate authority.
  6. 6. Strive to improve one’s professional knowledge and competence through continuing education and lifelong learning.
  7. 7. Offer leadership and a proactive, innovative approach to advancements in the health information management practices.
  8. 8. Abide by the policies and bylaws of the Canadian College of Health Information Management and actively support its strategic directions.
  9. 9. Support and mentor students, peers, and colleagues to develop and strengthen the workforce and profession.
  10. 10. Respect the dignity and worth of every person.

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