Health Information Technlogy
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Health Information Technicians are counted among the many highly qualified health professionals necessary to meet the growing needs of the healthcare industry. One of the things that sets this field apart is that there is little or no direct contact with patients.
The following are a sampling of the duties health information technicians typically perform:
- analyzing and evaluating health records that comply with health information
standards and regulations;
- compiling various types of administrative and health statistics for research
and public policy planning and assessment;
- coding symptoms, diseases, operations, procedures, and other therapies
for maximum reimbursement;
- ensuring that health information is complete and available to legitimate
users while protecting patient privacy and information security;
- maintaining and utilizing a variety of health record indexes and storage
and retrieval systems.
DACC offers a rigorous course of study to prepare graduates for employment as health information technicians. It includes computer literacy, professional practice skills, and life skills such as critical analytical thinking, problem solving, and good study habits.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will have numerous options. Job prospects for HIT professionals are very good because their skills are necessary throughout the entire healthcare industry. Typical work settings are physician practices, hospitals, managed care organizations, long-term care facilities, behavioral health facilities, ambulatory care facilities, rehabilitation centers, home healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, consulting and law firms, skilled nursing facilities, and federal and state governmental agencies. Current salary ranges can be found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook at the U.S. Department of Labor web site: http://bls.gov
To graduate from the HIT program, students must complete a cooperative work-experience component. Because this work takes place in a healthcare setting, the employer/site may require students to complete and pass a security background check. Past criminal violations could prevent a student from completing the degree or from obtaining employment in the field.