Health Information Management B.S.
The Health Information Management (HIM) program prepares graduates to provide leadership, strategic planning, management, and share health information knowledge with all parties within the health care industry.
HIM professionals are highly trained in the latest information management technology and understand the workflow in the health care provider organization, from large hospital systems to private physician practices. They are vital to the daily operations in the health care industry.
What is Health Information Management?
According to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA),
- HIM is a combination of business, science, and information technology.
- HIM is the process of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information, which is vital to providing quality patient care.
- Health information professionals care for patients by caring for their medical data. They ensure a patient’s health information and records are complete, accurate, and protected.
- They also ensure that health information is classified and standardized for clinical, financial, and legal uses in health care.
- Curriculum follows the knowledge clusters outlined by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM)
- Professional internship opportunities
- High-demand industry
- Diverse career opportunities
- Varied work environments
- Taught by professionals working in the field
- Transfer credits accepted
Immaculata's HIM program cultivates graduates who can:
- Manage patient health information
- Collect and analyze patient data
- Interpret coding and classification systems
- Utilize clinical applications
- Understand medical terminologies
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 22% rate of growth for general medical records and health information technicians between 2012 and 2022, which far outpaces the average for all other occupations in the United States.
The American Medical Informatics Association projects a need for more than 50,000 health IT workers in the next five years. A study by the PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute reported that 70% of health insurers, 48% of hospitals and 39% of pharmaceutical/life sciences companies plan to increase hiring of technical informatics professionals.
You will complete an internship as you near the end of the program. The internship is designed to help you focus on an area for your research project.
Immaculata developed this program's curriculum according to the guidelines set by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Information and Informatics Management (CAHIIM). Immaculata is applying for Candidacy Status in CAHIIM. During the two years of Candidacy status, the University will apply for full accreditation. CAHIIM allows graduates of a program in Candidacy Status to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) examination once accreditation is achieved.
After completing this program, the graduate will be able to:
- Demonstrate personal leadership skills essential for success in the health care industry.
- Develop and master effective oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
- Identify divisions, segments, and departments of the health care industry, the functions of each, and how they interact within the scope of the industry.
- Recognize, apply, and assess information management theory specific to health care and health data management.
- Build critical thinking, problem analysis, and evaluative application skills required in the health care and health information industries.
- Demonstrate an understanding of health information classification, organization, retrieval and analysis of data.
- Exhibit clarity and proficiency in the use of health care statistics, research and quality management.
- Apply the principles governing health care privacy, confidentiality, legal and ethical requirements within the health care and health informatics professions.