HIMAA Member Principles of Professional Practice

This document replaces the HIMAA Code of Ethics of 1992 and 2005. The HIMAA Member Principles of Professional Practice was developed by the HIMAA Practice Quality & Safety Standards Committee and approved by the HIMAA Board on 22 February 2015.

HIMAA members commit to upholding these principles as a condition of membership.

  1. Advocate, uphold, and defend the individual’s right to privacy and the doctrine of confidentiality in the use and disclosure of information taking into account applicable legislation.
  2. Show courtesy to and respect the rights of all professional colleagues.
  3. Undertake their professional duties in an ethical, efficient, legitimate, safe and responsible manner.
  4. Not engage in (and report) dishonesty, fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or other forms of illegal or unethical conduct that adversely reflect on the profession or the individual’s fitness for membership in the profession.
  5. Make determinations within the professional scope of assigned responsibilities and knowledge.
  6. State truthfully and accurately any professional credentials, education and experience.
  7. Discharge honourably the responsibilities of any national or branch/network association position.
  8. Advance health information management knowledge and quality practice through continuing participation in education, research, publications, presentations and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  9. Recruit and mentor students, staff, peers and colleagues to develop and strengthen the professional workforce.
  10. Contribute to the planning and proactive development of services which enable individuals within the community to achieve optimum health.