Health Informatics

You could help save lives! Now that’s using technology that’s Life.Changing. Leap into Health Informatics at Indian Hills Community College today!

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Entry Term Health Unit Coordinator:  Fall Term
Health Documentation Specialist:  Fall Term
Medical/Insurance Coding:  Fall and Spring Terms
Health Information Technology:  Fall and Spring Terms
Length of Program Health Unit Coordinator: 2 Terms (6 Months)
Health Documentation Specialist: 4 Terms (12 Months)
Medical/Insurance Coding: 4 Terms (12 Months)
Health Information Technology: 7 Terms (21 Months)
Diploma/Degree  Health Unit Coordinator:  Diploma
Health Documentation Specialist:  Diploma
Medical/Insurance Coding:  Diploma
Health Information Technology:  Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

 

It’s a big digital world out there. Luckily, that means there are lots of new jobs in Health Informatics too (especially if you want to help people).  All of the new digital and regulatory changes in the healthcare industry have created the perfect opportunity for you to make your mark. And we’ll help you do it.

It goes without saying that technology has (and still is) rapidly changing the way we look at, and do everything; and healthcare is certainly no exception to that! As healthcare providers focus on patient care, Health Informatics professionals play an increasingly important role in creating and updating patient’s electronic records, reimbursement methodologies, applying relevant legal and compliance concepts, and data analysis and management!

Explore more about each program and what you will learn depending on the path you choose, below.

 

Which Path Will You Choose?

It’s your education. Choose your own path. We’re right behind you every step of the way!

Health Information Technology (HIT)
Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

The Health Information Technology program prepares the student to become a health information technician, a specialist who is responsible for maintaining patient health information.  An HIT is involved in the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. It is a combination of business, science, and information technology. Health information is vital to providing high quality patient care. It’s an important job. It requires a specialist, and that specialist will be you.

Once you earn your degree, you can take the national certification exam to become a registered health information technician. Welcome to the life-changing, life-saving industry we call healthcare!

What you will learn:
  • Revenue Cycle Management
  • Medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, disease processes, signs and symptoms, medications, and laboratory values.
  • Official coding guidelines, reimbursement methodologies, & data analysis and management.
  • Multiple classifications and nomenclatures used in the coding process.
  • Identify discrepancies between coded data and supporting documentation.
  • Validate that codes assigned by provider or electronic systems are supported by proper documentation.
  • Understand and apply relevant legal concepts (e.g., confidentiality).
  • Maintaining and using a variety of health information systems.

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Health Unit Coordinator
Diploma

The Health Unit Coordinator program prepares you for a career in a hospital, skilled nursing facility, insurance company, clinic, or health maintenance organization. As a health unit coordinator (unit clerk/secretary), you will provide communication support to nursing service and ancillary departments. You will be an integral part of the patient care team assisting healthcare providers.

 

What you will learn:
  • Coordinate administrative functions on the nursing unit
  • Maintain patient health information
  • Process patient Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) orders
  • Communicate effectively with patients, clients, family and healthcare team members
  • Practice legal and ethical healthcare principles

 

Gainful Employment Information

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Medical/Insurance Coding
Diploma

The Medical/Insurance Coding program prepares the student to be a healthcare coding professional. Medical/Insurance coders translate the patient encounter into universal alpha-numeric codes. This is accomplished through organizing patient care information, analysis and evaluation of health information, and code assignment related to diagnoses and procedures. The Indian Hills Community College MIC program provides critical skill building opportunities to succeed in this complex process.

What you will learn:
  • Medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, disease processes, signs and symptoms, medications, and laboratory values.
  • Official coding guidelines.
  • Multiple classifications and nomenclatures used in the coding process.
  • Reimbursement methodologies.
  • Identify discrepancies between coded data and supporting documentation.
  • Validate that codes assigned by provider or electronic systems are supported by proper documentation.

 

Gainful Employment Information

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Healthcare Documentation Specialist
Diploma

The Healthcare Documentation Specialist program prepares students to become medical language specialists. Healthcare documentation requires knowledge of medical terminology, healthcare standards, documentation requirements and organization of health records. The Healthcare Documentation Specialist translates, from oral to written form, information about patients dictated by healthcare professionals. This includes editing of provider documentation via speech recognition technology and the use of electronic health records. After gaining experience, qualified professionals may wish to become Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialists (CHDS) by passing the certification examination administered by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI).

What you will learn:
  • Medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, disease processes, signs and symptoms, medications, and laboratory values.
  • Medical transcription guidelines and practices.
  • English usage, grammar, punctuation, and style.
  • Understand and apply relevant legal concepts (e.g., confidentiality).
  • Understand diverse accents, dialects, and varying dictation styles.

 

Gainful Employment Information

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So are you ready to take your education to the next level? Check out additional details about the Health Informatics Programs below to see how our programs at Indian Hills Community College will help you get a Life.Changing. Career in healthcare!

 

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CONTACT US

Not sure if you want to start the Health Unit Coordinator, Health Documentation Specialist, Medical/Insurance Coding, or Health Information Technology Program? Maybe you want more details about transferring your associate credits to a four-year school once you’re done? Don’t stress. Just ask Sarah!

Sarah Cottington, MHA, RHIT, CPHQ, CHTS-IM, FAHIMA, FNAHQ
Program Director, Health Informatics

Sarah.Cottington@indianhills.edu
(641)683-5163 or (800)726-2585 x5163