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Health Information Management

Caregivers and health care organizations need management of health information across computerized systems. This includes ensuring privacy standards and the secure exchange of patient health information between patients, their representatives, caregivers, government agencies, insurance companies, attorneys, and more.

Health information management technicians focus on the availability and quality of the organization’s health care data and the management of that information for payment and data analysis to improve patient care, patient safety and business operations.  

What can I do in health information management?

The roles in health information management are diverse and cross both the private and government health sectors. They include jobs managing computer systems, privacy and security, medical coding and billing, medical offices, hospital and health system administration and data reporting. See the American Health Information Management’s career map for current and expanding roles.

What characteristics and skills do I need to work in this field?

Health information professionals should have an aptitude for health sciences and working with computers. Many roles are also a good fit for those who enjoy working in a team environment, managing projects and problem solving. The ability to work well with other professionals like physicians, nurses, attorneys and administrators is a plus. And if you like working with patients you can work in patient financial services or in a physician office role where you can be part of the day-to-day workflow with patients.

Where can I work?

Health information managers work in hospitals, physician offices, insurance companies, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, long-term care facilities, public health settings, consulting firms, computer system design firms, legal offices, and many more. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment opportunities for health information managers continue to grow much faster than the average for all occupations, with a variety of companies actively recruiting these professionals. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages and technology expands.

What does Trident Technical College offer?

Trident Technical College offers a five-term, fully accredited Health Information Management program online with live online class sessions and 24/7 access to the courses. These courses prepare students with the academic knowledge base and technical skills for a rewarding health care career in this growing industry. Graduates of the program are eligible and strongly encouraged, to take the national Registered Health Information Management Technician (RHIT) certification examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Preparation for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam is embedded in your course work and the exam application fee is included in your tuition costs.

Health Information Management graduates are also prepared to sit for AHIMA’s Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) and /or Certified Coding Specialist-physician based (CCS-P) specialty credentials. Students may also sit for certain credentials offered by the AAPC including the Certified Coding Professional (CPC).

Accreditation

The Health Information Management accreditor of Trident Technical College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The college’s accreditation for Health Information Management Associate in Applied Science has been reaffirmed through 2028. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

Program Statistics

  • RHIT Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • Average Retention Rate: 75%
  • Graduation Rate: 77%