Health Information Technology (AS)

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Prevent complications. Ensure accuracy

For a patient, accurate medical records are critical to the care they receive. With a degree in Health Information Technology (HIT), you’ll ensure patient medical records are accurate and help prevent medical complications.

The HIT program at Dakota State is extensive and intricate. You’ll learn how to code symptoms, diseases, operations, procedures, and other therapies in a recognized classifications system. You’ll also discover how to maintain and utilize a variety of health record indices in storage and retrieval systems. Additionally, you’ll learn to supervise one or more health information management service activities. This includes transcription, word processing, filing, coding and indexing, statistics, and correspondence.

Become an expert in HIT and communication

Gather profound knowledge about information management and technology and focus on the laws and regulations of accrediting agencies and their correlation to health insurance and health care administration. The administrative side will also be at your forefront, as you learn how to compile various health statistics. Including patient census, daily discharge analysis, data reports, and more.

Clear communication skills is also vital for the HIT field.  You’ll be prepared to be the liaison between insurance companies and health care organizations.  You’ll guarantee patient information, like billing residencies and insurance providers, are correct within electronic systems. Upon verification, you’ll relate it to the appropriate parties.

Preparation with accreditation

Our HIT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Our graduates are prepared to take The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) exam, to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

Career Possibilities

  • Health Data Analyst
  • Clinical Coding Specialist
  • Patient Information Coordinator
  • Physician Practice Manager

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