Health Information Technology (HIT)

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Health information technology management (HIT), is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information. The health care industry depends on electronic information systems. As health data becomes more digitized, opportunities are created for trained health information technicians with the skills and knowledge to collect, analyze, monitor, maintain and report health data according to established data quality principles, legal and information security standards and professional best-practice guidelines. The Health Information Technology program will prepare you to become an expert in patient health data management.

What Does a Health Information Technician Do?

  • Are the guardians and gatekeepers of the most important tool in modern health care – the medical record.
  • Ensure that patient's histories are accurate, complete, up-to-date, and properly entered into the clinical database.
  • Keep careful logs of patient histories, diagnoses, treatments and procedures.
  • Understand workflow in all size healthcare settings, from large hospital systems to the private physician practice.
  • Play vital roles in the daily operations of health information management and electronic health records (EHR) at almost every point in the healthcare delivery cycle.
  • Ensure an organization has the right information on hand when and where it is needed.
  • Maintain the highest standards of data integrity, confidentiality, and security.

Why Choose Health Information Technology?

  • The program is 100% online and was created with the working adult in mind.
  • You will learn by doing through paid internships.
  • Health information technology is one of the fastest growing occupations in the U.S. according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • You will become a critical member of the healthcare team.
  • No needles - you will work behind the scenes in the healthcare system without ever having direct patient care responsibilities.

See why students chose to become health information technicians by viewing real HIT/HIM stories.

This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number R01RH26279, Rural Information Technology Workforce Program in the amount of $799,251. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.