What is HIM?

Health Information Management (HIM) is the practice of maintenance and care of health records by traditional (paper-based) and electronic means in hospitals, clinics, regional health departments, health insurance companies, and other facilities that provide health care or maintenance of health records.

With the widespread computerization of health records and other information sources, including hospital administration functions and health human resources information, health informatics and health information technology are being increasingly utilized in information management practices in the health care sector.


To be the professional entity that enhances healthcare regionally and globally by elevating practices and standards pertaining to Health Information Management (HIM) and become the reliable source for education, research and credentialing.







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Participating in transforming the quality of healthcare through elevating the standards of Health Information Management.

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Saudi Central Board for Accreditation of Healthcare Institutions (CBAHI)
, ensures the quality and safety measures are applied in hospitals and health centers, which include the medical records departments/sections in term of (the location - the safety and security of patient’s medical records – compliance with STDs – staff’s competencies – resources used (paper or electronic) ... etc.

Why do we need SHIMA?
Our Objectives
Our Activities
SHIMA's Board of Directors
Hussein Albishi
Hussein AlbishiCEO & Founder
Personal Chancellor to the Deputy Minister of Health for Planning and Development, Director, Health Information Management Programs and ICD-10-AM Program Leader.
Ahmad Almahdi
Ahmad AlmahdiVP & Founder
Senior Health Informatics, Continuous Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Specialist.
Walaa Ashmeg
Walaa AshmegVP & Founder
Health Information Management Specialist.
Mohammed Alshami
Mohammed AlshamiVP & Founder
Supervisor Clinical Coding, Statistics, Research & Study Section. at National Guard Health Affairs
Khalid Alfawaz
Khalid AlfawazVP & Founder
Director of Health Information Management at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital
Zahyiah Alamry
Zahyiah AlamryVP & Founder
HIM Director at Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare in Dhahran
Our Valued Partners and Supporters
Ministry of Health (MOH)
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The Saudi Central Board for Accreditation of Healthcare Institutions (CBAHI)
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA)
The International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA)


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.

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