Health Information Technology Program

Electronic medical records are, in a lot of ways, I think the aspect of technology that is going to revolutionize the way we deliver care. - Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourney, President/CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Health and Health Care and One of Forbes’ Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the World 

What is Health Information Technology?  

Before the 21st century, a patient’s entire medical history, from allergies to diagnoses to treatment, was placed into a standard office folder and stored inside a file case in their doctor’s office.  But that began to change in the early 2000s when both the Institute of Medicine and the federal government began calling for the electronic storage of all medical records to improve health care quality, reduce costs and aid in the early detection of infectious diseases.  Health Information Technology is the field that emerged to address this new health care standard.

The Health Information Technology Program at Macomb

Macomb’s Health Information Technology Program will provide you with the technical skills and the medical terminology necessary to manage health care data. Some of what you will learn about includes chart tracking, diagnostic and procedural coding, pharmacology, the compiling of health care statistics, and the legal and accreditation issues related to health information management. Graduation from Macomb’s Health Information Technology Program qualifies you to take the national Registered Health Information Technician accreditation exam.  

Health Information Technology Courses at Macomb

In the Health Information Technology Program at Macomb, you will take a variety of courses specific to your selected major, including:

  • Human Physiological Anatomy
  • Medical Terminology
  • Computer and Information Processing Principles
  • Business Communications
  • Introduction to Health Information Management
    and the Health Care Environment
  • Legal Aspects of Health Information Management
  • Health Information Statistics
  • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology Applications
    in Health Information
  • Health Information Management Systems
  • Computers in Healthcare
  • International Classification of Disease (ICD)
    Coding – Beginning and Intermediate
  • Professional Practice Experience 1 and 2
  • Healthcare Reimbursement Systems
  • CPT/HCPCS and Outpatient Coding
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Organization Performance for Health
    Information Management Professionals
  • Management for Health Information
    Management Professionals

Career Opportunities with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Information Technology

With an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Information Technology, you will be qualified for positions that include medical records and health information technician.

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Health Information Technology

The credits earned in Macomb’s Health Information Technology Program transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Health Information Technology, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

Health Information Technology Program Accreditation

The Health Information Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 233 N. Michigan Ave, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5800. The phone number for CAHIIM is 312.233.1100, and their website is www.cahiim.org.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Health Information Technology Program?

For more information, contact the Health Information Technology Program advisor: Professor Kristin Dunsmore, 586.226.4809.

Find out more now with the complete Health Information Technology Program Description.



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