Health Information Technology
Health Information Management (HIM) encompasses the use of existing records and information in the treatment of patients, as well as the updating and storage of that information in a secure environment. Analysis of information may also be a key role in some employment situations.
Currently HIM professionals work in 40 different settings under 125 different job titles. They often facilitate communication between clinical, operational and administrative functions within the practice, hospital or company.
Where You Could Go
Health Information Technology is a pathway with credentials that expand as your education progresses. Students who complete the first five terms of coursework, may take the national exam to receive a Certified Coding Associated (CCA) credential. Many students begin working as a CCA while continuing their work toward their associate degree. When they receive their associate degree, they may become a Registered Health Information Technician (after successfully completing the RHIT Certification Examination).
Transfer opportunities exist to continue toward a bachelor’s degree. Students with a bachelor’s degree will be eligible to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification exam.
Job demand is predicted to increase in the future as the standardization, availability and security of medical records continues to expand.
This program is provided in partnership with Marion Technical College. All participants will have to apply to MTC to receive the final Health Information Technology, opens in a new window Associate Degree.
This program is divided between Marion Technical College and NC State. See the Curriculum Worksheet (PDF), opens in a new window for a listing of classes offered at North Central State College. All Marion Technical College classes for this degree are offered online.
Billing, Cost, and Rate Clerk
Compile data, compute fees and charges, and prepare invoices for billing purposes. Duties include computing costs and calculating rates for goods, services, and shipment of goods; posting data; and keeping other relevant records. May involve use of computer or typewriter, calculator, and adding and bookkeeping machines.
Computer Systems Analyst
Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.
Medical Records and Health Information Technician
Compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system. Process, maintain, compile, and report patient information for health requirements and standards in a manner consistent with the healthcare industry’s numerical coding system.