Health Information Management Profession

Description of the Profession 

Health information technology program is right for you if you see yourself working in a career that offers diverse opportunities. In this profession students will work in health care, but not in direct patient care. Students will want to have an aptitude for science as well as management, law, computers, and analytics. This profession will have one working with physicians, nurses, administrators and executives bridging the health information gap between them and information technology and records management.

Dynamic Career Opportunities

Careers in health information technology can expect to be in high demand as the healthcare industry continues to expand.

Possibilities with a career in HIT include the following:

  • Admitting/Patient Intake
  • Auditing
  • Case Mix Management
  • Clinical Documentation Improvement
  • Coding – Inpatient
  • Coding – Outpatient
  • Coding – Physician Services
  • Coding – Post Acute
  • Compliance
  • Customer Service
  • Data Analysis and Reporting
  • Data Collection
  • Database Management
  • Education
  • Electronic Health Record
  • Health IT
  • HIPAA Compliance
  • Medical Billing
  • Medical Records Technician
  • Patient Accounts
  • Privacy Officer
  • Reimbursement
  • Release of Information
  • Revenue Cycle Management


Typical Duties 

Possible Duties depending on the career choice in HIT:

  • Patient admissions/registration and appointment scheduling
  • Analyzing patient health care data for completeness and accuracy.
  • Responding to requests for specific patient information from attorneys, insurance companies, patients, physicians and other healthcare organizations.
  • Assure compliance of health records at state and federal regulation levels.
  • Coding and classifying inpatient and outpatient diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement and other data-reporting needs.
  • Auditing of medical coding and billing.
  • Abstracting outcome data for assessment of quality of care and preparing reports for medical staff and managed care opportunities.
  • Reviewing patient records to assess appropriateness of the level of care and medical necessity of treatment according to established standards by private and federal insurance regulations.
  • Implementing an electronic health record within a healthcare organization.
  • Analyzing information within the electronic health record.
  • Troubleshooting issues within the electronic health record.


Performance Standards 

The Health Information Technologist must have sufficient strength, motor coordination and manual dexterity to:

  • Stand, move, reach and bend over to file patient charts in a variety of settings.
  • Sit for long periods of time at a computer workstation abstracting patient data into a computer database.
  • Sit for long periods of time at a computer workstation word-processing physician-dictated reports.

The Health Information Technologist must have the mental and intellectual capacity to:

  • Fully comprehend the responsibility for maintaining absolute patient confidentiality
  • Focus and concentrate on analyzing details in a fast-paced, multi-tasked environment.
  • Read and interpret patient charts without transposing numerical data.
  • Handle stressful situations related to patient, physician, or outside agency requests for information and clearly interpret procedural and regulatory standards.
  • Communicate verbally in an effective manner with physician, nursing and other administrative reviewers.
  • Be organized and efficient
  • Review and evaluate statistical data accurately for appropriate and pertinent quality of care

Health Requirements

Each allied health student must have an insurance plan to cover any injury or illness requiring hospital treatment or surgery. In addition, all students are required to submit evidence of good health through a physical examination and immunization form prior to registering for Practicum I.