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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 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 Management accreditor of Pitt Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the associate degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2022. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at 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: 80% of the graduates who took the RHIT Exam passed on the first attempt for the reporting period of 08/01/2019 to 07/31/2020.
  • Employment Rate: 75% of HIT graduates from fall 2019 and spring 2020 are employed in the health information or related healthcare field.*
  • Retention Rate: The HIT Program retained 83% of students during the reporting period of 08/01/2019 to 07/31/2020.
  • Graduation Rate: 70% of students accepted in the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019 graduated from the HIT program. **

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

**Students must complete the HIT Program within four academic years. Some students accepted in the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019 are still progressing and are on track to graduate.

 

Medical Coding Professional
Revenue Cycle Auditor
Medical Billing Specialist
Insurance Claims Analyst
Collection Specialist
DRG Validator
Release of Information Specialist
Health Information Technician
Medical Record Auditor
Clinical Data Analyst
Data Integrity Analyst
Documentation Analyst
HIM Operations Supervisor
EHR Implementation Specialist
Cancer or Trauma Registrar

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-10-CM/PCS, 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