Health Information Management, Assoc. of Applied Science

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Designed for the dynamic field of health information management, this program integrates the disciplines of medicine, computer technology, and business management. Students who are interested in studying diseases and treatments but are not interested in hands-on patient care will find this a challenging career path. The graduate is prepared to perform technical and supervisory duties in organizing, analyzing, and generating health data for reimbursement, planning, quality improvement, research, and the legal issues surrounding the release of health information. Employment opportunities exist in a broad range of settings, such as hospitals, home health care, nursing homes, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), physicians' offices, consulting, computer software companies, and government agencies. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates are able to apply for the American Health Information Management Association's national certifying examination for Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT); passing this examination entitles the graduate to use the RHIT credential. Graduates of the Health Information A.A.S. will be able to: * Apply policies and procedures surrounding issues of access and disclosure of protected health information * Apply legal concepts and principles to the practice of HIM * Protect electronic health information through the application of confidentiality, privacy, security measures, policies, and procedures for internal and external use * Analyze the documentation in the health record to ensure it supports the diagnosis and reflects the patient's progress, clinical findings, and discharge status. * Apply diagnosis/procedure codes according to current guidelines * Analyze current regulations and established guidelines in clinical classification systems * Use basic descriptive, institutional, and healthcare statistics * Use tools and techniques to monitor, report, and improve processes * Use technology, including hardware and software, for data management in HIM * Plan budgets using accounting methodologies * Demonstrate effective communication skills related to HIM * Maintain behaviors consistent with the professional Code of Ethics of the AHIMA

Curriculum

Learning Foundations Overall Requirements
General Education - English Comp--HIM
General Education - Humanities Speech-HIT
General Education - Mathematics--HIM
General Education - Science
General Education - Social Sciences
General Education - Information Technology

Details

Department

Tasha Green, Program Director

Address:

CHS 1231 D

Phone:

301-546-0735

Email us:

greente@pgcc.edu

Contact Information

Enrollment Services, Bladen Hall Room 125

Phone:

(301) 546-0864

Email us:

enrollmentservices@pgcc.edu