Health Information Technology

 

 

 

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 care studies
  • Overseeing the workflow of the HIT department
  • Preparing reports based upon admissions, births, deaths, charges, etc.
  • Releasing health information to persons and/or agencies according to regulations
  • Maintaining confidentiality of the patient’s health information

Job Outlook

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.”

 



Outcome 1 RHIT Exam Pass Rate: Students will have the knowledge and skills to pass the Registered Health Information Technician Exam, given by The American Health Information Management Association. Outcome 2 Attrition Rate: Students (full & part time) who do not continue with the Health Information Technology program each semester (reasons vary greatly) Outcome 3 Job Placement Rate: Graduates will have a positive placement by working in the health information technology or related field. (Some students choose to continue their education or not seek employment)
Aug. 2017-July 2018 75% (3 out of 4 students) 12% 60%
Aug. 2016-July 2017 64% (7 out of 11 students) 16% 50%
Aug. 2015-July 2016 N/A, not accredited by CAHIIM 16% 45%
Aug. 2014-July 2015 N/A, not accredited by CAHIIM 14% 33%

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information ManagementThe Blinn College District Associate Degree Health Information Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) (www.cahiim.org) 233 N. Michigan Ave, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-5800, 312-233-1100. The Blinn College District is accredited by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

The Blinn College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability in its programs or activities. For information regarding Title IX, ADA, Section 504 and other anti-discrimination coordinators, see Required Notices