Health Information Management (HIM) and health information technology (HIT) support patient care by providing data to the clinician at the point of care and by supporting institutional administration, including finance and practice management. Thus, this program studies issues from storage, retrieval and interpretation of data in patient care to implementation and management of the complex information systems used in the administration of health care. The natural environment for this field includes hospitals, physician networks and practice groups, third-party payers, regulatory agencies and industry suppliers, such as pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies and vendors of hospital equipment and medical supplies. There is substantial demand for workers with the skill-set provided in the HIM and HIT programs.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate the ability to correctly and accurately manage the use and integrity of clinical data required by various payment and reimbursement systems and established guidelines.
- Map terminologies, vocabularies, and classification systems. Construct and maintain the standardization of data dictionaries to meet the needs of the enterprise.
- Determine processes for compliance with current laws and standards related to health information initiatives and revenue cycles.
- Take part in the planning, design, selection, implementation, integration, testing, evaluation and support of health information technologies.
- Analyze HIM legal concepts and principles to create policies and procedures to manage access and disclosure of personal health information, including audits and data quality monitoring.
- Analyze clinical data to identify trends that demonstrate quality, safety and effectiveness of health care.
- Recommend organizational action based on knowledge obtained from data exploration and mining.
- Evaluate data from various sources to create meaningful presentations. Take part in effective communication through project reports, business reports and professional communications.
- Manage information as a key strategic resource and mission tool.