Health Information Technology
The associate of applied science degree program in Health Information Technology (HIT) prepares graduates to serve the healthcare industry and the public by managing, analyzing and utilizing data vital for patient care. Health information technicians work to ensure the quality of health records and healthcare data by verifying their completeness, accuracy and proper entry in to computer systems. Health Information Technologists use computer applications to analyze patient data to improve clinical documentation and the quality of patient care. Some areas of specialization include coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research, privacy roles due to HIPAA legislation and other clinical data management functions. Employment opportunities exist in any organization that uses health information, including: hospitals, managed care organizations, long term care facilities consulting and law firms, information system vendors, ambulatory care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home care providers, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, physician practices and insurance companies.
Program Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology program, the graduate will be able to:
- Apply legal policies, regulations, principles and standards for the control and disclosure of protected health information.
- Review health records for timeliness, accuracy, appropriateness and completeness of healthcare documentation
- Perform processes related to collection, storage and retrieval of healthcare data/records.
- Code, abstract, classify and index diagnoses and procedures for the purpose of reimbursement, standardization, retrieval and statistical analysis.
- Apply principles of supervision and leadership and the tools used to effectively manage human, financial, and physical resources.
- Review, abstract, retrieve, and compile health data for reimbursement, quality assessment, patient care research, clinical registries and other informational needs.
- Collect, organize, and apply quality management and quality improvement tools and techniques for performance improvement.