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Health Information Technology (1Year)

The Health Information Technology (HIT) program prepares graduates to work in the areas of clinical settings that are impacted by technology.  This program provides the foundation of for understanding and using Health Information Technology. Entry level learners receive the best of both worlds in terms of understanding healthcare and technology.  The coursework provides the health care professional with a foundation of computer systems and in particular data management and analytics. Computing professionals learn about the healthcare delivery systems and its clinical aspects.  The program provides the learner a solid understanding of Electronic Health Record (EHR) or Electronic Medical Record (EMR) with hands-on experience, current trends, selecting a vendor package, and the functionalities of the EHR/EMR system. This program is one year duration which includes practical experience.  Employment opportunities include wide range from entry level positions working with EHR/EMR to management positions related to HIT (Practice Management, Revenue Cycle, Billing, etc.). At the completion of the program, learners are prepared to take industry recognized exams like HIMSS and ASHIM.   The work settings include physician offices, hospitals, medical centers and medical billing offices, consulting companies, government agencies.

Prerequisite:
  • Minimum High School Diploma or GED
  • Basic computer skills
  • Math and English competencies at college entrance level or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Score 40 (minimum)

Program Duration: 48 weeks

Module 1: Healthcare Services Organization and Delivery (4 weeks)

This course begins with an introduction on Healthcare and most important, know the types of professions available in the field of Health IT.  The learner will also have an understanding of healthcare organization, structure and operations in the U.S. and including the delivery systems. Current laws and regulations, privacy, confidentiality, legal and ethical issues will be discussed.

Module 2: Information Technology and Computer Systems (4 weeks)

This course provides and introduction to computer systems, software applications, hardware, development methodologies, communication networks, and healthcare systems, interoperability, and standards.

Module 3: Health Data Management (8 weeks)

The core of HIT that supports quality and effective patient care lies in data management.  To prepare a learner to be HIT professional, this course introduces the fundamentals of database design and management, what is health data content and how the content is structured, SQL queries and reporting, the types of database and registries that exist for healthcare use and research, and the documentation standards for compliance.

Module 4: Clinical Classifications Systems and Claims Management (8 week)

Comprehensive knowledge of HIT would have to include an understanding of medical billing, coding and reimbursements.  This course covers concepts of the clinical classifications systems, understanding the diagnosis/procedure codes of ICD-9-CM (and an introduction of ICD-10-CM), the procedure codes using CPT / HCPCS, and other classification systems such as DRG, APC, SNOMED, and clinical classifications and nomenclature systems. The course will also provide an understanding of medical billing, claims management, chargemaster maintenance and reimbursement methodologies.

Module 5: Health Informatics and Quality Management (8 weeks)

Healthcare quality threads throughout all components of heathcare activities and processes.  In this course, the learner begins with an understanding of the utilization of healthcare statistics to manage quality.  The learner is also exposed to health informatics for an understanding of biomedical information, data and knowledge in databases, retrieval and optimal use for problem solving and decision making.  The course focuses on utilizing a systems approach to providing analytical and design skill for managing processes, identifying tools, and developing workflow documentation for quality improvements. Project management, PMI PMBOK methodology will be discussed and project management for EHR/EMR and HIPAA projects are provided.

Module 6: EHR/EMR Application (Hands-On) (8 weeks)

This course gives the user the experience of working with EHR/EMR software. Practice exercises cover the functionalities of EHR/EMR, working with the patient record, practice management and scheduling, billing.  The class will compare EHR/EMR software, how to select vendor package based on requirements and discuss Stimulus Incentive qualifying for Meaningful Use.  The learner acquires knowledge to develop a proposal for EHR/EMR, conduct analysis and software selection, besides gaining an understanding of EHR/EMR functionalities.

HIMSS / ASHIM Exam Prep (4 weeks)

Learners will practice on exam questions; review all the materials to prepare for the exam

Coaching (4 weeks)

Reviews and Career advising; one week occuring at the end of each quarter.

Externship (4 weeks)

Learner will identify a healthcare facility that he/she can practice externship with. The instructor will work with the supervisor of the healthcare facility to provide the mentorship and guidance.

 

Program (52 weeks)

Tuition: $9,100

Tuition fees does not include books and credentialed exams.

 

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