Health information management is the profession that focuses on health care data and the management of health care information resources. Health information management represents a continuum of practice concerned with health related information and the management of systems to collect, store, process, retrieve, analyze, disseminate and communicate information related to the research, planning, provision, financing and evaluation of health services. A career in health information technology combines the knowledge of and skills from the discipline of medicine, information management, business applications and computer technology within the healthcare industry.
Graduates of associate degree educational program are known as health information technicians. The tasks or functions performed by the health information technicians are numerous and continually change within the work environment. The job title and work setting will dictate the actual tasks performed by the health information technician. However, in general these individuals perform a variety of technical health information functions including organizing, analyzing, and technically evaluating health information; compiling various administrative and health statistics; and coding diseases, operations, and other procedures for research data bases and reimbursement.
Responsibilities also include maintaining and using a variety of health information indexes, creating special registries for researchers, and storage and retrieval systems; input and retrieve computerized health data, and controlling the use and release of health information. Their task responsibility may also include general supervision.
The Associate Degree Program at Owens Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).