Health Information Technology

Program Overview

A health information technician is responsible for maintaining, organizing, and producing medical information. The curriculum prepares students for any health care setting. A health information technician is a skilled person who has completed a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) and has passed the RHIT national certification examination. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Program Status: Open Enrollment 

Essential Functions

These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the program at Baker College. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program. Persons interested in applying for admission to
the program should review this information to develop a better understanding of the physical abilities and behavioral characteristics necessary to successfully complete the program. The College complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified.
  • Access information from books, reference manuals, computers, and paper and electronic medical records to accurately perform HIM functions and duties.
  • Filing and accessing paper medical records.
  • Utilize electronic equipment and medical record.
  • Effectively communicate in English, both verbally and in writing, utilizing accurate and appropriate terminology with classmates, co-workers, clients, and providers.
  • Correctly interpret and/or clarify verbal, written, and electronic health information.
  • Prioritize, organize and apply time-management skills to disseminate accurate health information in a clinical setting.
  • Identify, recognize, maintain, organize, and disseminate accurate health information.
  • Safely access and operate equipment in a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrate professional and procedural judgment under stressful, emergent, and/or a distracting environment (i.e., high noise levels, crowding, and complex sensory stimuli).
  • Adhere to HIPAA, AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) professional standards, Baker College, and clinical site professional conduct guidelines, policies and procedures.

Career Information

Health Information Technology professionals enjoy a broad selection of job opportunities and options for professional growth.  Health Information Technology professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, governmental agencies and home care providers.

With an associate’s degree, graduates can be employed as a Health Data Analyst, Insurance Claims Analyst, Insurance Claims Analyst, Records Technician Specialist, Clinical Coding Specialist, Physician Practice Manager, Patient Information Coordinator.  New Health Information Technology graduates with an associate’s degree can earn $28,900 to $38,640 annually.

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