The Health Information Technology Program (HIT) prepares graduates to serve the healthcare industry and the public by managing, analyzing and utilizing data vital for patient care. Health information technicians work to ensure the quality of health records and healthcare data by verifying their completeness, accuracy and proper entry into computer systems. Health Information Technologists use computer applications to analyze patient data to improve clinical documentation and the quality of patient care. Some areas of specialization include coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research, privacy roles due to HIPAA legislation and other clinical data management functions. Employment opportunities exist in any organization that uses health information, including hospitals, managed care organizations, long-term care facilities consulting and law firms, information system vendors, ambulatory care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home care providers, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, physician practices and insurance companies.
Upon successfully completing the program, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Health Information Technology and will then be eligible to take the national certification examination. The national certification examination is administered by the American Health Information Management Association. Upon successfully passing this examination, a student will become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
The Health Information Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
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The minimum requirements for the Health Information Technology program are as follows:
- Complete an Application for Bishop State;
- Submit official transcript(s) from high school or high school equivalency diploma (GED);
- Submit official transcript(s) from all Colleges/Universities attended;
- A grade point average of a 2.0 or better in general education courses completed;
- While completing HIT professional courses a student must maintain a grade of “C” or higher, in all HIT professional courses.