Health Information Management Associate Degree

Health Information Management

health information management
Health Information Management
A.A.S. in Health Science
Overview

Every time health care personnel encounter a patient, they record what they observed, treatment implemented, and patient outcomes. In today’s technology world, this information is maintained electronically in healthcare information systems.  The Health Information Manager is a vital member of the healthcare team and is responsible for managing these systems where the expanding arena of healthcare meets the cutting edge of technology. They are vital to the daily operation of health information and electronic health records. HIM professionals ensure that healthcare staff have the right information when and where it is needed while maintaining the highest standards of data integrity, confidentiality, and security.  This growing career includes the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing good quality patient care.

Health information management is a combination of medicine, management, finance, information technology and law. As a result, HIM graduates can choose to work in a variety of healthcare settings.  Health Information Management professionals are trained in the latest information management technology applications and understand the workflow process.  HIM duties can include operating computer information systems, coding diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement, maintaining quality control of health records, and more in accordance with strict state and federal laws.

 HIM professionals have a flexible, focused skill set which incorporates clinical, information technology, leadership, and management skills. They use their knowledge of information technology and records management to form a link between clinicians, administrators, technology designers, and information technology professionals.

Changing regulations and technologies allow the HIM professional to be involved in lifelong learning and continued professional development. As a result, HIM professionals can expect to be in high demand. There is increased demand for health information professionals in academic institutions, consulting and governmental agencies, and healthcare software companies. As HIM becomes more prevalent, health information management professionals will continue to be a critical component of the electronic health record workforce. 

The AAS Health Information program in Newport News is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The AAS Health Information Management program in Richmond, is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Program Description

Medical Careers Institute’s faculty members have worked extensively in the Health Information Management field, and understand the “real-world” applications for the material they teach. It’s their goal to ensure that you can demonstrate fundamental knowledge in such core areas as:

  • Clinical work flow
  • Information systems
  • Information policy
  • Health data management
  • Administration

What’s more, graduates can be prepared to take national certification examinations.

 

Possible Career Track

Upon completion, graduates with an Associate of Applied Science in Health Science with a concentration in Health Information Management could possibly pursue a career in multiple healthcare settings including:

  • Private Practice
  • HMO/Insurance/Managed Care Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Primary Care Clinics
  • Intermediate- and Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation
  • Cancer Registry
  • Outpatient Care Centers
  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Hospices
  • Military and Industry
  • Home Healthcare

Curriculum

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

50 semester credit hours

HIM100

Electronic Health Records

3

HIM200

Health Information Technology I

3

HIM205

Pathophysiology

3

HIM210

Pharmacology

3

HIM215

Ethical and Legal Aspects of Health Information Management

3

HIM230

Clinical Classification Systems I

3

HIM235

Clinical Classification Systems II

3

HIM240

Health Information Technology II

3

HIM245

Healthcare Delivery Systems

3

HIM250

Reimbursement Methodologies

3

HIM260

Healthcare Statistics

3

HIM270

Clinical Classification Systems III

3

HIM280

Quality Assessment and Improvement

3

HIM290

Introduction to Management

3

HIM295

National Exam Preparation

1

HIM297

Health Information Management Externship

4

MED104

Medical Terminology

3

Arts and Sciences

21 semester credit hours

BIO101

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

3

BIO104

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

3

COM115

Principles of Communication

3

ENG110

College Composition

3

HUM205

Culture and Diversity

3

MTH131

College Algebra

3

PSY105

Introduction to Psychology

3

Self-Integration and Computer Literacy

7 semester credit hours

COR191

Career Orientation

1

FOR110

Essentials for Success

3

CIS115

Computer Applications

3

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate proficiency in health data management, information policy, information systems, administration and clinical work flow. 
  • Demonstrate skills necessary to operations management that will ensure an adequate and complete medical record and cost effective information processing.
  • Distinguish the legal and ethical standards of practice for health information management, including HIPAA, in a variety of health care settings and situations.
  • Function as a bridge between clinicians, payers, regulators, patients, consumers, and technology.
  • Demonstrate skills that are critical to adherence and promotion of continuous quality improvement, regulatory requirements, and the revenue cycle processes.
  • Ensure the availability of accurate health data through the application of current and future healthcare technologies including the electronic medical record, electronic health records, integration of healthcare technologies within healthcare systems, and wireless and internet applications.
  • Function as part of a team that includes not only health information management technicians, but also clinicians and customers, in a variety of settings.
  • Perform in the role of health information management technician by applying skills, values, and knowledge from the coursework to professional practice experiences.

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