Health Information Technology
Health information is the profession dedicated to the effective management of patient information and healthcare data needed to deliver high-quality treatment and care to the public. Health information technicians are an integral part of the healthcare team. They serve the healthcare industry and the public by using best practices in managing healthcare information to support quality healthcare delivery. HIT professionals who perfect their technical skills become experts in health data collections, data abstraction and enhanced coding while maintaining the highest standards of data integrity, confidentiality, and security, in both paper and electronic systems. As healthcare adapts to the electronic health record environment, the health information technician role is critical to ensure that providers, healthcare organizations, and patients have access to the right healthcare information when and where it is needed.
Graduates of the health information technology program may find employment opportunities in hospitals, office-based physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities and public health agencies. Employment opportunities exist for these professionals in any organization that uses patient data or health information. Although HIT professionals do not provide direct patient care, they work regularly with physicians and other healthcare professionals and are an integral part of the healthcare team.