Health Information Technicians are experts in acquiring, analyzing, and protecting health information. They ensure health records and information is complete, accurate, and protected. Job duties included processing and using health data for billing and reimbursement, facility planning, compliance, research, and surveillance purposes.
Responsibilities of a health information technician may include:
- Review and analyze health records for completeness, accuracy and compliance
- Protect security of health information to ensure confidentiality and proper release of information
- Use computer applications for data entry, compiling, analyzing and reporting to improve patient care and control costs
- Code and abstract clinical information for billing, reimbursement, reporting and compliance
The Health Information Technology AAS Degree program is designed to meet increasing health industry demands for trained health information specialists. The program includes both theoretical instruction and practical laboratory experience on the Phoenix College campus as well as clinical affiliations in area health care settings.
The health information program includes a combination of human science, computer, and health information courses that prepare the student for employment in organizations which use or service healthcare information systems, such as hospitals, physician's offices and long term care facilities.
Registered Health Information Technicians (RHITS) are particularly in demand by health care facilities for medical coding, tumor registry, and specialized technical functions. View AHIMA's Career Map, which provides an interactive display of various HIM job titles, roles and career pathways.
Employment is available in many types of organizations, including hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, nursing homes, home health agencies, insurance companies, health product vendors, pharmaceutical companies, and more.
Employment of Health Information Technicians is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2022, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Entry salaries vary depending on qualifications, prior health related experience, the current demand for specialized skills, and the type of organization.
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Health Information Technology AAS Degree
The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIM) accredits the Health Information Technology program offered by Phoenix College.
Program graduates are eligible to take the certification exam for the credential RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician). This exam is offered through the American Health Information Management Association (www.ahima.org) and is highly recommended for broader employment opportunities.
For the most recent reporting period of 10/1/14 - 9/30/15, Phoenix College's HIT students experienced a 91% pass rate on the RHIT exam.