Health Information Technology

The Health Information Technology (HIT) curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to process, analyze, abstract, compile, maintain, manage, and report health information.

Students will supervise departmental functions; classify, code and index diagnoses and procedures; coordinate information for cost control, quality management, statistics, marketing, and planning; monitor governmental and non-governmental standards; facilitate research; and design system controls to monitor patient information security.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to write the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, health insurance organizations, outpatient clinics, physician’s offices, hospice, and mental health facilities.

Online Program

The Health Information Technology (HIT) program is offered totally online with the exception of the science courses (BIO 168 and BIO 169) and professional practice experiences (PPE – also known as clinical practice), which are made available in the student’s region through a joint effort facilitated by the student and the HIT faculty.

Accreditation

The Health Information Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

CAHIIM
233 N. Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor
Chicago, Ill 60601-5800
Phone: 312-233-1100
Email: info@cahiim.org

 

Mission

The mission of the Health Information Technology Program is to provide students, through instruction and professional practice experiences, a diverse skill set in the management and utilization of hybrid and electronic health records (EHR) consistent with the medical, administrative, coding/reimbursement, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the healthcare delivery system.

Outcomes

RHIT Exam Pass Rate: 74% of the graduates who took the RHIT Exam passed on the first attempt for the reporting period of 10/01/2016 to 09/30/2017.

Job Placement Rate: 59% of HIT graduates from spring 2016 to spring 2017 are employed in the health information field.*

Retention Rate: The HIT Program retained 88% of students during the reporting period of 8/1/2015 – 7/31/2016

*data available only if a student reports back or completes the graduation survey

 

Coder/Coding Analyst
Medical Billing Specialist/Manager
Practice Workflow & Implementation Specialist
EHR Implementation Specialist
Clinical Data/Information/System Analyst/Coordinator
Data Integrity/Quality Improvement Analyst
DRG Validator/Revenue Cycle Auditor
Documentation Specialist
Medical Office Administrator
Cancer/Trauma Registrar
HIM Operations Manager/Director
Claims Analyst/Medical Auditor

Fundamentals of HIM
Health Law and Ethics
Healthcare Statistics
ICD Coding
CPT/Other Coding Systems
Quality Management
Mgmt Principles in HIT
Health Informatics & EHRs
Principles of Disease
Prof Practice Experience (Clinical)
Professional Issues
Reimbursement Methodology
Health Data Systems & Standards
Health Care Informatics

Students will code, classify, index and analyze data in medical records using ICD-9-CM/ICD-10, CPT, HCPCS, and other required systems.
Students will evaluate, recommend, and manage Electronic Health Records (EHR) utilizing data for purposes of quality management, statistical reports and analysis, billing and reimbursement, resource management, utilization review, research, and confidentiality and security of data.
Students will interpret/analyze healthcare data to ensure the meeting of relevant healthcare agency governmental standards (i.e. HIPAA, Joint Commission).
Students will apply appropriate HIM principles in supervised clinical experiences to validate attainment of current competencies.
Students will prepare for the RHIT certification exam.

Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology