The Health Information Technology Program prepares the student with the skills and knowledge for entrance into health information technology positions.
The Health Information Technology Program combines office technology skills with health and medical billing and coding courses to prepare students to be guardians and keepers of electronic medical records. Students are prepared with the skills and knowledge in the area of office technology and health and medical billing and coding courses pertinent to the skills needed for those who will be responsible for handling and maintaining the integrity of electronic medical records. Industry-standard certifications in office technology are integrated in the program.
Students will need to complete an online internship/ practicum component
of the program based primarily on the billing and coding work performed in a
clinic, office, or hospital or any other approved heath care setting. Upon completing the program, students will receive a Certificate in Health Information Technology.
What is the role of a Health Information Technician?
Health Information Technicians are responsible for patients’ records from the beginning to end – from assisting patients in filling out all the proper forms to ensuring that they are completed properly and signed. They ensure that all the information is in the computer database, and check regularly with physicians and other healthcare providers to make sure the information recorded is correct and complete and that guidelines that govern the sharing or distribution of medical records is strictly adhered to.
What is the job outlook?
The outlook for Health Information Technicians is better than average job growth through 2012 is projected because of the increasing number of tests and procedures and the increasing scrutinizing of information by insurance companies, attorneys, and patients.
Doctors’ offices, particularly large group offices, are projected to employ an increasing number of medical records and health information technicians, even while hospital employment in this sector will not grow as quickly. Nursing homes, home healthcare providers, and outpatient clinics will also employ a growing number because of the demand for well-kept records. In addition to job growth, replacement needs will provide job openings for medical records and health information technicians.
This program is funded by ALU LIKE’s, Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Program (ALU LIKE NHCTEP) through the U.S Department of Education, Office of Vocational Education. Scholarships available to qualified applicants of Hawaiian ancestry.