The Health Information Management degree program offers students a diverse curriculum that provides an understanding of the many aspects of the emerging field of healthcare technology and information management. Information technology is an integral part of the medical world, and health information management is a growing field which has experienced expansion in recent years with the transition in healthcare from traditional practices using paper to highly efficient electronic record-keeping. HIM professionals are involved in the design, collection, storage, utilization, and transmission of data required to meet the professional, legal, and administrative record-keeping requirements of healthcare delivery systems. They also work with clinical, financial, epidemiological, administrative, and coded healthcare and insurance data.
The Health Information Management (HIM) associates degree program will prepare graduates for immediate entry into the workplace and also provide a fully articulated pathway to the baccalaureate program at Charter Oak State College. Students will gain the skills necessary to enter the job market as an HIM technician.
Healthcare is one of the nation’s largest employers and with the federally-required implementation of electronic health records the need for HIM professionals has increased. Health information management career pathways vary widely by both job and setting. Graduates could code medical records or manage entire health information divisions in government agencies and healthcare facilities. The employment outlook for health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Health information technicians work in diverse settings organizing and managing health information data. They must ensure its quality, accessibility, accuracy, and security in both paper and electronic systems. A minimum of an Associate’s degree required. Those who continue on to pursue a Bachelor’s degree can work as health information administrators and are responsible for the oversight of patients’ medical records in hospitals or other healthcare facilities. They design and manage health information systems to insure they meet medical, ethical, and legal standards.
- The Health Information Management degree program has been designed so that all courses are principally aligned with Charter Oak State College’s HIM degree program.
- Successful completion of the program allows students to transfer to Charter Oak State College as juniors.
Jobs in Connecticut
Health Information Management skills are in demand in a number of workplace settings, including:
- Outpatient Clinics
- Home Health Agencies
- Insurance Companies
- Physicians’ Offices
- Long-term Care
For more information
Professor/Program Coordinator HIM & Information Systems
Office Location: Wheaton 313