This CAHIIM-accredited program prepares students with the necessary skills and knowledge in the health information management field for management positions in a variety of health-related settings including hospitals, clinics, long-term care settings, consulting firms, government agencies, insurance companies, and software vendors. A health information management professional is responsible for the management of health information systems consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, and legal requirements of the healthcare delivery system. They are experts in coding and classification systems, managing patient health information, and administrating computer information systems. Individuals with interests in computer science, business administration, health science, and healthcare administration are well-suited for a career in health information management. Upon completion of this degree, students are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification examination.
Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- Manage patient health records including data structure, content, and standards to maintain organizational compliance with regulations, accreditation, licensure, and certification standards.
- Develop and implement organization-wide confidentiality and privacy policies and procedures.
- Implement and manage software applications, process engineering, and project management techniques to ensure efficient workflow and appropriate outcomes for all areas relating to health information management based on research and healthcare statistics.
- Demonstrate management of the revenue cycle including reimbursement systems, chargemaster, and financial reporting.
- Develop compliance monitoring programs for coding, clinical documentation improvement, quality monitoring, and fraud and abuse detection.
- Demonstrate leadership abilities by effectively managing change, workflow, human resources, training, and strategic planning.
Potential Occupational Titles
Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, health information manager, health information administrator, compliance / risk management officer, revenue cycle (coding & billing) manager, data analyst, health information educator, and health informaticist.
A minimum of 124.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.