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Health Information Technology

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Health Information Technology , the graduate will be able to:

  • Apply legal principles, policies, regulations and standards for the control and use of health information
  • Monitor, interpret and apply laws and accreditation, licensure and certification standards affecting healthcare data
  • Review health records documentation for accuracy and completeness according to regulations and standards
  • Perform quantitative analysis of health records
  • Perform functions related to collection, storage, and retrieval of healthcare data
  • Query databases to retrieve information
  • Collect, compute, analyze, interpret, and present statistical data related to health care services
  • Abstract health records for department indices/databases/registries
  • Code, classify, and index diagnoses and procedures for the purpose of reimbursement, standardization, retrieval and statistical analysis
  • Develop, implement and monitor procedures to ensure healthcare data integrity
  • Apply principles of supervision and leadership and the tools used to effectively manage human resources, financials and the methods for analyzing and improving departmental systems
  • Apply quality improvement tools and techniques to improve departmental processes

Common Job Titles
Common job titles held by the registered health information technician (RHIT) in today's job market include coding specialist, medical record technician, DRG coordinator, health data analyst, insurance claim analyst, correspondence technician, physician practice manager, abstractor, transcriptionist and supervisor. It is anticipated that job titles will change as healthcare enterprises expand their reliance on information systems and technology. Registered health information technicians (RHIT) have, and will continue to hold, positions that support efforts toward the development of computer-based patient record systems and a national health information infrastructure.

Growth & Income
Employment of health information technicians is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2008, due to rapid growth in the number of medical tests, and procedures which will be increasingly scrutinized by third party payors, regulators, courts and consumers according to Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics cites health information technology to be one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the US.

According to the AHIMA latest salary survey, most new HIM graduates with an associate degree earn an average $20,000 to $30,000 annually. Within 5 years, the average salary is between $30,000 to $50,000. To see the results of the latest membership salary and profile survey, click here.

Financial Aid
Financial aid is available to qualified students through AHIMA's Foundation of Research and Education, which offers both loans and scholarships. For more information, call the scholarship hotline at (312) 233-1128. You may also be eligible for assistance from federally sponsored programs. For more information, call the Federal Student Financial Aid Information Center at (800) 433-3243.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Graduate Satisfaction

Each class is asked to complete a survey 6 months after graduation that asks for their impression of the learning experience they received in our Health Information Technology Program.

The results indicate 100% agreement that the students feel the program has:

  • Prepared them in acquiring the knowledge and skills to perform as a Health Information Technology Professional
  • Prepared them to communicate effectively within his/her work setting
  • Prepared them to conduct his/herself in an ethical and professional manner

Employer Satisfaction

In surveying the employers of our students and the professional practice site supervisors, results indicate 100% agreement that our students:

  • Possess the technical skills and have the knowledge needed to perform in the health information management department
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically, solve problems, and develop appropriate action steps
  • Communicate effectively
  • Conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner

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