The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof Chris Bode, has charged the newly admitted students of the institution’s School of Health Information Management to be steadfast and focused in their pursuit of knowledge.
Speaking at the matriculation ceremony of the institution, which saw 20 students matriculated into the Ordinary National Diploma and 45 others into the Higher National Diploma, the CMD informed them that this is their foundation and the way they are going to pan out in the future as professionals is dependent on how they manage their time in the school.
Prof Bode, who was represented by the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Prof Olufemi Fasanmade, said, “It is not enough for a student or trainee to pass through a learning institution, rather, it is more important to allow the school to pass through you. What this means is that you should let the school make its maximum impact on your professional training; let people know that you came from the school of Health Information Management in LUTH.”
On his part, the Principal, School of Information Management, Mr Taiwo Olofinluyi, who described the institution as a renowned citadel of learning and training centre for health information professionals stated that a health information officer is a very important member of the health care team.
Olofinluyi noted that “without the health information manager, there is very little that can be properly done because all that we do in healthcare has to be properly documented.”
He added: “Health Information professionals collect, analyse and utilize data to provide information critical to the healthcare industry. A professional health information officer collects many kinds of data from a variety of sources- case note, laboratory investigation, ward round, from the pharmacy and so many other sources. And they monitor the integrity of this information to ensure that appropriate to these records are available in the present and in the future. They also manage the analysis and they use these data for planning.”