Health Information Management Program
Health Information Management Program consists of educational courses in the third and fourth year at upper division level that result in a Baccalaureate of Science degree in Health Information Management. This additional educational preparation prepares the graduate to apply for national certification as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).
Health information management (HIM) is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. HIM professionals are highly trained in the latest information management technology applications and understand the workflow in any healthcare provider organization from large hospital systems to the private physician practice. They are vital to the daily operations management of health information and electronic health records.
Health information management professionals work in a variety of different settings and job titles. They often serve in bridge roles, connecting clinical, operational, and administrative functions. These professionals affect the quality of patient information and patient care at every touch point in the healthcare delivery cycle. Having skilled HIM professionals on staff ensures an organization has the right information on hand when and where it is needed while maintaining the highest standards of data integrity, confidentiality, and security.
RHIA certified professionals provide the following services to healthcare:
Expertise in managing patient health information and medical records, administering computer information systems, collecting and analyzing patient data, and using classification systems and medical terminologies
Possess comprehensive knowledge of medical, administrative, ethical and legal requirements and standards related to healthcare delivery and protecting patient information.
Manage staff and operational units that provide health information services.
Interact with all levels of a healthcare organization that utilize patient data in decision-making and operations -- clinical, financial, administrative and information systems.
As part of the development of the Health Information Technology and Health Information Management Programs, Shasta College will be applying for accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Health Information and Informatics Management (CAHIIM). Upon accreditation, students who graduate from Shasta College's Health Information Technology and Health Information Management programs will be eligible to apply for certification.
To learn more about the Health Information Technology and Management professions go to the American Health Information Management Association’s website at www.ahima.org.