Health Information Technology
Quality information is essential to all aspects of today's healthcare system. Health information management (HIM) is the body of knowledge and practice that ensures the availability of health information to facilitate real-time healthcare delivery and critical health-related decision making for multiple purposes across diverse organizations, settings, and disciplines. HIM professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality healthcare.
They are experts in managing patient health information and medical records, administering computer information systems and coding the diagnosis and procedures for healthcare services provided to patients. Health information management (HIM) professionals work in 40 different settings under 125 different job titles. They often serve in bridge roles, connecting clinical, operational, and administrative functions.
Health information technicians find employment in a variety of healthcare facilities including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, research centers, and clinics.
Graduates of this program receive the Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology.
AHIMA Health Information Career Map
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health information technicians in the United States is expected to grow at 18 percent through 2016 “faster than the average for all occupations”; Ohio expects 20.4 percent job growth through the year 2014.
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Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Information Technology
Marion Technical College’s Health Information Technology Program is designed to prepare students for this growing field of health information technology/management. Within the program, students will cover a wide range of topics: health information management, electronic health record, medical terminology, computer applications, health informatics, diagnosis and procedural coding, healthcare statistics, healthcare reimbursement methodologies, continuous quality improvement, resource management, legal issues, privacy and security. Students actively work with health information and receive hands-on experience with the newest technological innovations used in healthcare through the AHIMA virtual lab. Graduates of the MTC program will have met the national certification examination requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) in order to take the exam. Upon successful completion of the examination, the graduate is awarded the credential of a registered health information technician (RHIT).
Students have the opportunity to pursue a degree in Health Information Technology with a focus on Medical Coding and Reimbursement or a degree in Health Information with a focus on Clinical Health Informatics. Both degrees lead to the Registered Health Information Technician, the RHIT.
Students have the opportunity to earn one of the following certificates after 1 year of study in the program. Then earn the AAS degree after the second year.
Medical Billing and Coding Certificate – students will be qualified to take the National CCA/CCS or CPC coding exam to become a certified coder - The healthcare worker responsible for assigning numeric or alphanumeric codes to diagnostic or procedural statements.
According to AHIMA, “the medical coding professional (or coder) is responsible for translating healthcare providers’ diagnostic and procedural phrases into coded form. Coding professionals do this by reviewing and analyzing health records to identify relevant diagnoses and procedures for distinct patient encounters. This translation process requires interaction with the healthcare provider to ensure terms are translated correctly. Coding professionals must possess a thorough understanding of the health record’s content in order to find information to support or provide specificity for coding. Certified medical coders are trained in the anatomy and physiology of the human body and disease processes in order to understand the etiology, pathology, symptoms, signs, diagnostic studies, treatment modalities, and prognosis of diseases and procedures to be coded. The job entails much more than simply locating diagnostic and procedural phrases in the coding manuals or with encoder software. It requires knowledge of disease processes and procedural techniques to consistently apply the correct codes. A medical coding professional works as part of a team to achieve the best quality patient care.” - AHIMA
Clinical Health Informatics Specialist Certificate
Health informatics is defined “as the science of evaluating, implementing, and utilizing technology to manage all information related to the patient care delivery process: clinical, financial, technological, and enterprise. The field draws contributions from computer science, health information management, the clinical sciences, social and organizational influences, and business practices.” University of Illinois-Chicago - Upon completion of MTC’s Clinical Health Informatics Specialist certificate courses within the HIT Degree, the student will be prepared to assist in the field of health informatics and to take a national demonstrating their expertise, the AHIMA Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist exam and the HIMSS Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
Please contact Margie White, HIT program director, for more information on applying to this program.
Accreditation and Certification Information:
MTC’s Health Information Technology Program is designed to prepare students for this ever-changing and constantly growing field. Within the program, students will cover a wide range of topics including health information management, medical terminology, the electronic health record, computer applications, health informatics, coding, healthcare statistics, healthcare reimbursement, continuous quality improvement, resource management, and legal issues. Students actively work with health information and receive hands-on experience with the newest technological innovations available. The program also provides direct clinical experience in area healthcare facilities.
The Health Information Technology associate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM can be located at 233 N. Michigan Ave., 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5800, ph. 312.233.1100, and through their website: www.cahiim.org
Graduate Award for Health Information Management
Announcing …. Emily Lovelace was selected to receive the New Graduate Award for the Health Information Management associate degree program from this year’s graduating class.
The New Graduate Award recognizes graduates from accredited Health Information Management (HIM) associate and baccalaureate degree programs in the state of Ohio. This scholarship program through the Ohio Health Information Management Association (OHIMA) covers the expense of taking the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) or Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification examinations offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
The Ohio Health Information Management Association is the state component organization of the national American Health Information Management Association consisting of over 64,000 Health Information Management professionals throughout the United States and around the world. Health Information Management (HIM) professionals are committed to promoting and advocating for effective standards in health information and providing quality healthcare through quality information. Congratulations, Emily!