Health Information Technology Online A.A.S
The purpose of the Health Information Technology (HIT) program is to prepare students with skills and knowledge to obtain entry-level positions as health information technicians in a variety of health care settings. Students will be provided with appropriate background in health information management and general education courses, including anatomy and physiology, computer concepts and applications, medical terminology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology, all of which are necessary to begin a health information management career. Program graduates become experts in managing data content, structure, and standards; protecting patient health information, including access, disclosure, archive, privacy, and security; using information, analytics, and data; managing the revenue cycle management; implementing regulations; serving in a leadership capacity.
The health information technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 233 N. Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5800, (312) 233-1100, www.cahiim.org. CAHIIM accredits associate and baccalaureate degree programs in health information management, and masters’ degree programs in the health informatics and health information management professions in the United States and Puerto Rico. CAHIIM is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 510, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 955-6126, email@example.com. CHEA is a national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation.
Mohawk Valley Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (215) 662-5606, www.msche.org.
Program Learning Outcomes:
The health information management (HIM) profession includes managers, technicians, and special experts in HIM systems and processes. The goals of the HIT Program are categorized into six areas, with programmatic outcomes associated with each, as follows:
- Data Content, Structure, and Standards: Use classification systems, ensure accuracy of health record content and documentation, conduct data governance, manage data, and maintain secondary data sources.
- Information Protection–Access, Disclosure, Archive, Privacy, and Security: Comply with health law, maintain data privacy, confidentiality and security; appropriately release patient health information.
- Information, Analytics, and Data Use: Appropriately utilize health information technologies, manage health information strategic planning, implement analytics and decision support, describe common research methods, explain the purpose of consumer informatics, describe health information exchange, and maintain information integrity and data quality.
- Revenue Cycle Management: Apply policies and procedures for the use of data in healthcare reimbursement, and evaluate the revenue cycle management process.
- Compliance: Analyze and implement health care regulations, assign codes to diagnoses and procedures, determine the accuracy of computer-assisted coding (CAC) assignment and recommend corrective action, identify areas of potential fraud and abuse, and conduct clinical documentation improvement (including an effective physician query process).
- Leadership: Apply fundamentals of team leadership, organize and facilitate meetings, recognize the impact of change management on people, processes, and systems management, implement effective work design and process improvement techniques, manage human resources, implement training and development, implement effective strategic and organization management systems, and maintain ethical standards of practice.