Many people visit the doctor once a year for a check-up. Your height and weight are measured. Your lungs are listened to, your heartbeats are counted, and your blood pressure is checked. The doctor asks you several questions about how you are feeling and if you are having any problems. Health Information technicians enter this information into computers. For example, they enter the patient’s age, gender, history and extent of disease, and treatment. Then technicians assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure. Health information technicians may also perform other related duties. These may include transcription, processing insurance bills, and handling patient admission and discharge forms. Experienced technicians may train or supervise other medical records staff.
Health:IT is an introductory course centered around the fast growing and ever changing world of health information technology (HIT) & health information management (HIM). A perfect storm of technological advances and legislative mandates (Affordable Care Act) has made the health information technologist the FASTEST growing career in the United States today. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor has estimated that the HIT / HIM field will grow 22.9% FASTER than the average career field.
This semester-long course is aligned with the standards set by the National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) and the Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) – health science cluster - and gives students a “day in the life” experience of a medical technologist and offers hands-on medical data & coding input projects, medical vocabulary and career and college exploration.
Health:IT is perfect for students who are interested in the many non-patient contact related health care careers or for the students interested in information technology, database management or electronic record keeping. Whether taught as a stand-alone health science course or as a supplement to other related health or technology courses, Health:IT is a great way to expose your students to two of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. – health care & technology!