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Health Information Management

Health information management (HIM) is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. It is a combination of business, science, and information technology.

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 (EHRs). They ensure a patient's health information and records are complete, accurate, and protected.

(from AHiMA)

About Medical Records & Health Information Technicians (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

HIM: Health Records Coding Career Studies Certificate

The medical coding profession is experiencing high demand as coding positions are increasing across the nation. This growing program is designed to provide the technical knowledge and practical experience needed for employment as a health records coding technician. These technicians analyze and interpret a patient's record to determine the proper standardized code that represents the patient's diagnosis and treatment which is used mainly for billing purposes. Coders are a very important part of the medical office team.

Coding professionals have many employment opportunities which include diagnostic outpatient coding in a medical facility, positions in physicians' offices, and inpatient coding positions. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national certifying examinations administered by the American Health Information Management Association or the American Academy of Professional Coders. Coding courses instruct students in current ICD-10 code sets and require use of current coding manauals.

Program Details

Program details such as admission requirements, required courses, and suggested course sequence can be found in the college catalog.

Gainful Employment Information

HIM: Medical Billing Career Studies Certificate

Employers continue to need workers who are knowledgeable in the medical billing field in relation to submitting health claims, resolving claims denials, and posting of payments. Potential entry-level job positions include medical billers, patient access representatives, and professional services claims processors for physician offices, hospitals, and other medical-related businesses.

Graduates of the program may be eligible to take a national certifying examination for professional billers administered by the American Academy of Professional Coders.

Program Details

Program details such as admission requirements, required courses, and suggested course sequence can be found in the college catalog.

Gainful Employment Information

HIM: Medical Office Specialist Career Studies Certificate

Positions in medical offices are plentiful across the nation. This career studies certificate is designed to prepare personnel to perform a variety of medical office functions. Examples include scheduling of appointments, maintaining health records, coding clinical data, completing health insurance forms, and carrying out billing and collections functions.

Program Details

Program details such as admission requirements, required courses, and suggested course sequence can be found in the college catalog.

Gainful Employment Information

Program Head

Tracy Harmon
Associate Professor, Administrative Management Technology

Phone: 540-857-6221
Location: Business Science M325

B.S. - Radford University
M.S. - Radford University

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