Health Information Technologist

Health Information Technologist

A Health Information Technologist's (HIT) job is to  accurately process and record electronic health records that contain information about patients, including but not limited to:  treatment records, insurance information, bills, etc. Because the world has been drastically changed by digital technology--smart phones, tablets, computers, and other technological web-enabled devices-- the transfer of information and other communications has been transformed as well.

An electronic health record (EHR) is a digital version of a patient’s paper chart. EHRs are real-time, patient records that instantaneously make information accessible to authorized personnel. While an EHR does contain the medical and treatment histories of patients, an EHR system is built to go beyond standard clinical data collected in a provider’s office and can be inclusive of a broader view of a patient’s care.

Career opportunities tend to be quite abundant for Health Information Technologists throughout the medical field, especially in large hospitals and public health clinics. There is a constant demand for these knowledgeable, qualified medical specialists.

HIT Course Curriculum

A Health Information Technologist's job is to  accurately process and record information about patients, including but not limited to:  treatment records, insurance information, bills, and received payments.  They are sometimes also responsible for basic coding of a patient’s diagnosis and requests payments from the insurance company or directly from the patient. Career opportunities tend to be quite abundant for Health Information Technologists throughout the medical field, especially in large hospitals and public health clinics, with the advent of world-wide hyper technological advancement. Their knowledge and qualifications are in ever-increasing demand.

These professionals can work in a variety of settings, such as: hospitals, doctors’ offices, physical and/or mental rehabilitation facilities, as well as other Healthcare facilities and institutions.

The medical industry heavily depends on their skills to record and register patient information with precision and accuracy, verify insurance policies, and keep track of patient accounts. This program will follow the following curriculum markers:

  • Basic Applications
  • Medical Terminology
  • Intro to Coding
  • Intro to Billing
  • Keyboarding
  • Records Management
  • Spreadsheet Applications
  • Intro to Anatomy & Physiology
  • Advanced Medical Terminology
  • Basic Medical Coding & Billing
  • Business Career Development
  • Basic Medical Office Procedures

 

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Program Prerequisites*
Our programs are generally designed for those who have a prior background in healthcare by way of experience, schooling, or job training. To qualify for our Clinical Medical Assistant program, you must be one of the following:
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA), Patient Care Technician/Associate/Nurse, (PCT/PCA/NT), Registered, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse (RN, LPN, LVN), Medical Doctor (MD), Emergency Medical Tech (EMT), Phlebotomy Tech (PT), IV Tech, Medical Lab Tech/Assistant (MLT/MLA), Medical Office Assistant (MOA), Dialysis Tech (DT), Health Information Technologist (HIT), Home Health Aid, Physician Assistant, Physician Technician®, Ultrasound Technician, Physical Therapist, Rehabilitation Specialist, Health Information Technologist, Health Records Specialist, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (DMS), Dental Hygienist, student of allied health or all medical (pre-nursing, pre-medical) or Natural Science college majors (Biology, Chemistry) or degree recipients.
*You may still meet the Pre-requisites for Program Participation if you are a current or past Healthcare professional, whether or not your profession is listed above irrespective of the amount of time that has passed since you were last in the medical field. In addition, consideration is given for medical work experience and schooling that meets certain criteria, regardless of whether or not it is healthcare-related.  More information about other ways to qualify can be found on the Qualification web page.
 

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