Health Informatics and Information Technology, Associate of Applied Science
Health informatics and information technology is the combination of informational science, health care, and computer technology. With the federal mandate to implement the electronic health record (EHR) and the paradigm shift in industry to health informatics, the field of health information management is rapidly evolving. The entire health care system is built upon information - patient data, medical data, insurance, and billing information. The data retrieved by the use of health informatics provides statistical information that can have a major effect on how medicine is distributed, surgeries that are performed, and how healing is tracked.
The Health Informatics and Information Technology A.A.S. degree is an administrative, applied technology degree for students interested in a non-clinical care profession in the health care industry.
Students who complete this degree will find employment in various health care settings, insurance companies, government agencies, technology companies, and consulting firms as health information technicians, clinical documentation specialists, compliance managers, quality assurance officers, medical informatics managers, charge description managers, case mix analysts, health data analysts, EHR system managers, IT training specialists, and workflow and data analysts.
Prerequisite: Students must be eligible for General Education English and Math classes to enter the program.
Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be able to:
- analyze health records, policies and procedures, and employee performance for compliance with legal and regulatory requirements;
- interpret health data and identify trends that will improve overall quality, safety, and effectiveness in the health care institution and will contribute to increased continuity of patient care;
- perform data quality reviews to validate code assignment and compliance with reporting requirements;
- contribute to organizational work plans, policies, procedures, quality management, and resource requisitions;
- incorporate technology to facilitate workplace transition to an e-HIM environment; and
- utilize databases and spreadsheets to consolidate, manipulate, integrate, and display health data.
- manage enterprise-wide information governance dilemmas.