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HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY
Associate Degree Programs

 
What is a Health Information Technology?
Health information management technology involves the processing of all types of health information, and focuses on legal, accreditation, licensure and certification standards. HIMT involves reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, utilization management, quality assessment and research. Graduates may work in hospitals, in doctor’s offices, for healthcare vendors, or for government and non-profit agencies. Learn more about the career at www.ahima.org.

 
Prerequisite Courses

All of the following:

  • Composition and Rhetoric-ENGL 1101,
  • College Algebra-MATH 1111,
  • Medical Terminology-ALHS 1090,
  • Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab-BIOL 2113 and BIOL 2113L*,
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab-BIOL 2114 and BIOL 2114L*
  • Human Pathological Conditions-MAST 1120
  • Intro to Psychology – PSYC 1101

 

One of the following:

  • Introduction to Humanities-HUMN 1101,
  • Art Appreciation-ARTS 1101, Music Appreciation-MUSC 1101 or
  • American Literature-ENGL 2130

 


 
Length of Program

4 semesters, Cohort begins in the Fall, Primarily Day courses, with some evening and online


 
Semester Program Begins
Lawrenceville Campus: Summer Semester; Day classes 3/ week.
Alpharetta North-Fulton Campus: Spring Semester; Day classes; 3/week.

 
General Admission Application Process
  1. Apply to Gwinnett Technical College at GwinnettTech.edu and submit all transcripts from high school and previous college work, and take the ACCUPLACER test if required. You must be accepted into Gwinnett Technical College prior to applying to a program of study.
  2. Applicants are initially accepted into the Healthcare Assistant Certificate program while completing the required prerequisite courses

 
Program Application Process

1. All applicants are required to submit a Health Information Management Technology program packet by the file completion deadline. The Health Information Management Technology program packets are available online at Gwinnett Tech's Forms and Documents Page.
2. For Fall 2017 semester admission, the program application and all prerequisites must be completed by the deadline. Please see website for deadline.


 
Competitive Admissions

First Year Experience Seminar-FYES 1000 preferred that it is taken prior to program start date but can be taken during the first semester in the program. Transfer students with 30 or more transferrable credit hours will be exempt from taking FYES 1000

*Courses may not be more than 5 years old at time of program application

Admissions for the Health Information Technology program is based on a minimum 2.5 GPA. GPA is calculated using all attempts of prerequisite courses. Applicants who have completed their prerequisites are accepted into the program on a first come, first served basis.


 

Health Information Management Technology

Quick Facts

2015 Median Pay $37,110 per year /$17.84 per hour
Entry Level Education Associate's degree
Number of Jobs, 2014 186,600
Job growth, 2014-24 15% (29,000 more positions)
 

Nature of the Work

Medical records and health information technicians assemble patients’ health information, including medical history, symptoms, examination results, diagnostic tests, treatment methods, and all other healthcare provider services. Technicians organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security. They regularly communicate with physicians and other healthcare professionals to clarify diagnoses or to obtain additional information.

The increasing use of electronic health records (EHR) will continue to broaden and alter the job responsibilities of health information technicians. For example, with the use of EHRs, technicians must be familiar with EHR computer software, maintaining EHR security, and analyzing electronic data to improve healthcare information. Health information technicians use EHR software to maintain data on patient safety, patterns of disease, and disease treatment and outcome. Technicians also may assist with improving EHR software usability and may contribute to the development and maintenance of health information networks.

Medical records and health information technicians’ duties vary with the size of the facility where they work. Technicians can specialize in many aspects of health information. Some medical records and health information technicians specialize in codifying patients’ medical information for reimbursement purposes. Technicians who specialize in coding are called medical coders or coding specialists. Medical coders assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure by using classification systems software. The classification system determines the amount for which Medicare, Medicaid, or other insurance programs will reimburse healthcare providers. Coders may use several coding systems, such as those required for ambulatory settings, physician offices, or long-term care.

Medical records and health information technicians also may specialize in cancer registry. Cancer (or tumor) registrars maintain facility, regional, and national databases of cancer patients. Registrars review patient records and pathology reports, and assign codes for the diagnosis and treatment of different cancers and selected benign tumors. Registrars conduct annual follow-ups to track treatment, survival, and recovery. This information is used to calculate survivor rates and success rates of various types of treatment, to locate geographic areas with high incidences of certain cancers, and to identify potential participants for clinical drug trials.

Work Environment

Medical records and health information technicians work in pleasant and comfortable offices. This is one of the few health-related occupations in which there is no direct hands-on patient care. Medical records and health information technicians usually work a typical 40-hour week. Some overtime may be required. In health facilities that are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, technicians may work day, evening, and night shifts. Health information technicians held about 188,600 jobs in 2014. Most health information technicians work in hospitals or physicians' offices.

Employment

Medical records and health information technicians held about 186,300 jobs nationally in 2014. About 39 percent of jobs were in hospitals. Health information technicians work at a number of healthcare providers such as offices of physicians, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, and home healthcare services. Technicians also gain employment outside of healthcare facilities, such as in federal government agencies. Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent, faster than the average for all occupations through 2020. Employment growth will result from the increase in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that doctors perform.

Earnings

The median annual wage for medical records and health information technicians was $37,110 in May 2015. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,190, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $61,400.


07-2017