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A new international collaboration–KAHIME joins as a College partner

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The Canadian College of Health Information Management (College) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Korean Accreditation Board for Health and Medical Information Management Education (KAHIME). 

KAHIME was founded in 2018 to perform research, further the development and evaluation/accreditation of health and medical information management education, and promote national health. Together, the College and KAHIME have a desire and commitment to advance the quality of health information education internationally and to work with other organizations with a common vision for health information management.

Though unknown to many, there is a longstanding connection between Canada and Korea in the field of health information. Dr. Florence Murray, a Nova Scotia native, moved to Korea in 1921 as a medical doctor. After retirement, she worked in the medical record department of Severance Hospital, one of the largest university hospitals in Korea. Dr. Murray is considered the founder of the medical record system in Korea and taught doctors how to accurately and completely write medical records. Furthermore, she opened a one-year training program for medical record administrators and sent one student each year to Halifax to learn about medical record management systems. Before returning to Canada in 1969 herself, Dr. Murray was recognized by the Korean government for her dedication and significant contributions to the Korean medical world.

This reciprocal agreement recognizes graduates from College- or KAHIME-accredited programs in either country as eligible for certification to become a Certified Health Information Management (CHIM) professional in Canada and the equivalent, a Health and Medical Information Manager (HIM), in Korea.

The College and KAHIME look forward to other future collaborations.