The Health Information Technology (HIT) Department offers two associate of applied science (AAS) degrees, three certificates, and one occupational service award. The HIT AAS, Medical Billing/Coding Certificate, and OSA in Health Information can only be completed online (all degrees and certificates require the student to complete a clinical at a health care facility).
If you want a career in healthcare, but not in direct patient care, then the HIT Program may be the right choice for you. The Blinn HIT Program prepares graduates to perform technical duties that are essential to health information departments in any type of healthcare facility. HIT professionals organize, prepare, analyze, and maintain patient’s health records. Duties vary with the size and type of facility, but the most common duties include:
- Reviewing medical records for completeness, accuracy, and compliance based on facility requirements
- Contacting medical personnel to obtain missing information within medical records
- Coding records(diagnoses, procedures, and services) for reimbursement
- Compiling statistical reports for the facility
- Performing quality of
- Overseeing the workflow of the HIT department
- Preparing reports based
uponadmissions, births, deaths, charges, etc.
- Releasing health information to persons and/or agencies according to regulations
- Maintaining confidentiality of the patient’s health information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages.”