Health Information Technology/Medical Records - A.A.S.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Maintain health record systems consistent with medical, legal, ethical, and administrative requirements;
- Interpret and implement various regulations of the modern health care delivery systems;
- Apply scientific standards in analyzing and evaluating health records;
- Compile various statistical reports and analyze and validate data;
- Code diseases, operations, and procedures;
- Design, select, implement, and evaluate departmental operations and information systems;
- Monitor healthcare reimbursement systems by analyzing case-mix payment rates to determine reimbursement optimization;
- Maintain and utilize a variety of health record indexes, storage, and retrieval systems;
- Understand the importance of confidential communications and apply the principles of release of information;
- Develop and maintain the electronic health record;
- Show proficiency in written and oral communication skills.
- Score at or above the national average on all RHIT examination competencies.
- Establish and maintain continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence.
Health information management professionals hold many diverse roles, yet all share a common purpose: providing reliable and valid information that drives the healthcare industry. They are specialists in working with health information systems, managing medical records, and coding information for reimbursement and research. Health information management professionals are uniquely qualified to:
- Ensure health information is complete and available to legitimate users
- Code and classify data for reimbursement
- Analyze information necessary for decision support
- Protect patient privacy and provide information security
- Enhance the quality and uses for data within healthcare
- Administer health information computer systems
- Comply with standards and regulations regarding health information
- Prepare health data for accreditation surveys
- Analyze clinical data for research and public policy
HIT professionals play a key role in the planning, implementation and management of the electronic health record (EHR). As a Health Information Technician, you will be responsible for ensuring the quality of medical records, checking them for completeness, accuracy, and appropriate entry into computer systems in a multitude of healthcare settings. You might specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for billing and reimbursement or research.
The program includes a clinical practicum (professional practice) experience, and is designed for students planning on entering the workforce immediately, as well as for those looking to upgrade skills or change direction. It awards the Associate in Applied Science ( A.A.S.) degree and prepares students to transfer, if they wish to pursue a Baccalaureate Degree in Health Information Management.
There are dedicated faculty members in the department who are credentialed professionals and strive to provide a quality education to our students. We have clinical affiliations with many types of healthcare organizations, including hospitals, long term care and home health care facilities, mental health organizations, and large group physician practices. Our goal as a department is not only to prepare students for their RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician) certification exam and to provide the technical basis for employment, but also to mold graduates into the professional health information technician who sees the value, IMPORTANCE, and confidentiality of the patient’s health information and the vital role they play in contributing to quality patient care.
The following HIT program outcome measures are for academic year 2017-2018:
- RHIT Certification Exam Pass Rate - 81%
- Graduate Satisfaction Rate - 100%
- Employer Satisfaction Rate - 100%
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The program includes a clinical practicum (professional practice) experience. This program is designed for students planning on entering the workforce immediately, and for those looking to upgrade skills or to change direction. It awards the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) and prepares students to transfer if they wish to pursue a Baccalaureate Degree in Health Information Management.
Many SUNY Broome graduates transfer on to SUNY Polytechnic Institute at Utica.