Health Information Management
~ Associate in Applied Science Degree ~
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
Accreditation Services c/o AHIMA
233 N. Michigan Ave, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5800
HIM PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Health Information Management combines the expanding arena of health care with the cutting edge of technology. As a health information management professional, you are the expert on patient data that physicians, nurses, and other allied health providers rely on to perform their jobs. Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT) ensure the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems. They may also use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care or controlling costs. RHITs often specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research.
HIM PROGRAM MISSION
The mission of the Health Information Management (HIM) program at KVCC is to provide the necessary educational opportunities to prepare students for certification and practice as Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). Health Information Management is an evolving profession in the health care environment. The HIM program takes the responsibility to educate and develop a skilled work force to support the needs of the health care industry. The HIM professional is a specialist in administering information systems, managing medical records, and coding information for reimbursement and research. With the combined efforts of clinical affiliations, the HIM program offers an opportunity for students to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes to attain an AAS degree and eligibility for the RHIT credential.