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What is Health Information Technology?

What does the Registered Health Information Technician do?

What employment opportunities exist for RHITs?

What does the future hold for RHITs?

How do you get started on your HIT career?

How do you apply for admission to the HIT Program?

Are web-enhanced/online courses offered?

 What is Health Information Technology?
Health Information Technology combines a profession in health care with information technology that offers individuals the opportunity to pursue a business-related career that is essential to the healthcare industry. It is an excellent career choice for the individual who is seeking a healthcare profession that combines interest in computer science, business, management, legal procedures, and healthcare research.

What does the Registered Health Information Technician do?
Registered Health Information Technicians (RHITs) are responsible for ensuring the quality of health records and healthcare data by verifying completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems. They use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data to improve patient care and control healthcare costs. RHITs specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records utilizing ICD-9 and CPT-4 classification systems for reimbursement and research purposes or they may supervise coding or other clinical data management functions.

What employment opportunities exist for RHITs?
RHITs work in hospitals and in a variety of other healthcare settings including office-based physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, behavioral health facilities, public health agencies, and private corporations.

Opportunities exist in any organization that uses patient data or health information such as pharmaceutical companies, law and insurance firms, software companies and consulting companies.

HIT professionals enjoy a broad selection of job opportunities and options for professional growth. Based on your skills, education, and interests, here are some positions available to you:

  • Health Data Analyst
  • Insurance Claims Analyst
  • Records Technician Specialist
  • Clinical Coding Specialist
  • Physician Practice Manager
  • Patient Information Coordinator

What does the future hold for RHITs?
Projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, to be one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the U.S., Health Information Technology is an excellent career choice and is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2008.

How do you Get Started on Your HIT Career?
You need to complete an associate degree or an associate of applied science degree in HIT from an institution accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Program graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the American Health Information Management Association. After successfully completing the examination, the graduate is entitled to use the credentials Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). The credentials, RHIT, are recognized throughout the U.S. and internationally and do not require an additional examination in other states or countries.

How do you apply for admission to the HIT Program?
Southern University at Shreveport is an open admissions university. Health Information Technology is a five semester program for a total of sixty-nine (69) hours and is offered through the Division of Allied Health. The HIT Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Our graduates have traditionally been successful in passing the RHIT exam and we also assist graduates with job placement. Interested students will need to complete an application for acceptance into the program. For more information navigate the university website at susla.edu or contact:

Kim Madden, MA, RHIA
HIT Program Director

Are web-enhanced courses offered?
Professional courses, required related courses, and general education courses are potentially offered on blackboard on a semester-by-semester basis. Web-enhanced/online courses require students to have Microsoft Office Standard or Student/Teacher Version to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Click here for other software tools and web-delivered course information.

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