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Health Information Technology

The Health Information Technology and Medical Coding Specialist Program application period for the 2015 Fall semester begins April 1, 2015 with a deadline of May 1 2015. To access the application, please click on the following link: Download and complete your application today.

Are you seeking a profession in health care that incorporates a business-related career which engages the use of information technology and patient clinical information that serves to guide the healthcare industry?

  • Do you aspire to work in a healthcare-related field that does not involve direct patient care?
  • Do you desire to work with a multitude of healthcare professionals in a variety of healthcare settings?
  • Do you desire a career with a diverse variety of opportunities?
  • Are you seeking a profession with excellent opportunities for professional growth?

Is so, health information technology is the career choice for you!

The Health Information Technician is a skilled professional who serves the healthcare industry by managing health information essential in the delivery of quality healthcare. If your interests are directed at a healthcare profession that combines business, management, computer information technology, legal procedures, and healthcare research, then Health Information Technology is an excellent career choice.

Health Information Technicians use their knowledge and technical skills sets to: perform medical coding for reimbursement, billing and research purposes; apply laws and regulations relevant to maintenance, disclosure, confidentiality, and retention of health information; process, analyze, and graphically display data to support clinical and business decisions; use computer application and the electronic health record to collect, store, retrieve, analyze, and disseminate health information; use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care; calculate and compile healthcare statistics; and perform supervisory and management functions.

Shreveport Louisiana prepares graduates for careers as health information technicians in both traditional and non-traditional healthcare settings. An Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology is awarded upon successful completion of all academic and clinical experiences. Graduates are prepared to serve as entry level health information technicians.

According to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), constantly evolving regulations and technologies allow for lifelong learning and continued professional development. As healthcare advances, health information provides the patient data needed to successfully navigate the changes. As a result, health information professionals can expect to be in high demand as the health sector continues to expand. There are approximately 12,000 to 50,000 new jobs anticipated by 2017, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics cites medical records and health information technicians as one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the US.

The Health Information Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM contact information: 233 N. Michigan Ave., 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5800 or (312) 233-1100.

The Heath Information Technology Program

Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). After successfully passing the examination, graduates obtain the credential RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician).

Post-graduation, graduates and employers are encouraged to complete a Graduate Satisfaction Survey and an Employer Survey. The surveys are outcome-focused and designed to assist in the assessment of program effectiveness through an ongoing quality improvement process.

The Health Information Technology Program earned a 100% Graduation Satisfaction Rate and a 100% Employer Satisfaction Rate for 2012.

If you have a vision for success... YOUR OPPORTUNITY STARTS HERE!


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