In 2010, Saudi Arabia's Health Information Management (HIM) professionals representing different healthcare providers realized the need to establish a professional working group concerned with upgrading medical records traditional activities, methods of records keeping, and health information classifications in compliance with national standards set by the Saudi Central Board for Accrediting Healthcare Institutions (CBAHI) and international standards such as Joint Commission International (JCI). These professionals, collectively known as the Saudi Health Information Management Associates, served as the initial leadership for the new official Saudi Health Information Management Association (SHIMA).
Saudi Arabian Health Information Management Associates (SHIMA) is a not for profit entity established under the patronage of CBAHI to further the cause of health information management in Saudi Arabia and the region. The concept of establishing SHIMA has reference to the medical records development strategic plan, approved by the Minister of Health, detailed in proposal No. 26/22/69024 dated 15/7/1431H submitted to His Excellency by Deputy Health Minister of Health for Planning and Development.
IFHIMA announced the launch of the Saudi Health Information Management Association (SHIMA) of which Mr Hussein AlBishi from Saudi Arabia is President and also that SHIMA is the newest national member of IFHIMA.
In October 2016 at the IFHIMA Congress in Tokyo, SHIMA alongside EHIS won the bid to host IFHIMA 2019 in Dubai. It was a big achievement and then on SHIMA has come a long way to ensure that the Congress be one of its kind not only in the Middle East but internationally. We look forward to hosting a vast array of HIM’s from around the world and open doors of Saudi HIM for them.
To become the Professional Organization that improves Healthcare Nationally and Internationally by enhancing practices and standards related to Clinical Coding and Health Information Management and to become the Authorised source for Education, Researches and Accreditation.
Participating in developing the Quality of Healthcare by enhancing the Standards of Clinical Coding and Health Information Management so it perceives reality and builds up the future of Healthcare in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.