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Health Information Management Technology
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  The Health Information Management Technology program is a sequence of courses designed to provide students with the technical knowledge and skills necessary to process, maintain, analyze, and report health information data according to legal, accreditation, licensure and certification standards for reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, utilization management, quality assessment and research; program graduates will develop leadership skills necessary to serve in a functional supervisory role in various components of the health information system.  
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Significant Points [+]

  • Employment is expected to grow 22% between 2012-2022.
  • Most employers require the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential.
  • To ensure a solid potential for advancement, an associate degree in Health Information Management Technology is required.

  • Program Instructors [+]

      Annette Baker  
      Health Information Technology Program Director
      Hall Campus
      Phone: (770) 533-6930

      Alan Soskel  
      Health Information Management Technology Instructor
      Hall Campus
      Phone: (770) 533-6985

    Nature of the Work [+]

    Health information technicians organize and manage health information by ensuring data quality, accuracy, accessibility, completeness and security in paper, hybrid and electronic health records. Health information technicians use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for reimbursement and research purposes, registries and indexes. The health information technician uses various healthcare software applications to abstract and analyze patient data that enables continuity of care and ensures patient safety and cost containment.

    Work Environment [+]

    The health information technician works in a variety of healthcare settings: • Hospitals
    • Physician practices
    • Clinics
    • Public health agencies
    • Healthcare-related vendors (e.g., software, EHR, coding)

    Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement [+]

    Health information technicians usually require a postsecondary certificate to enter the occupation. To qualify for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification examination, the candidate must have at least an associate degree from a CAHIIM-accredited program. Most employers require the RHIT certification to be eligible for advancement.

    Certification and advancement. Most employers require certification as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT.)

    Job Outlook [+]

    Employment of health information technicians is expected to increase by 22% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for healthcare information services is expected to increase due to the aging baby-boomer population and the expansion of insurance coverage through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    Employment change. A large aging population will need more medical tests, treatments and procedures. This will also mean more claims for reimbursement from private and public insurance. As consumers are encouraged to claim ownership of their medical information via the use of patient portals and government incentives encourage the transition to electronic health records, the demand for more health information technicians to organize and manage health information will be necessary in all healthcare settings.

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