Mike Krakow, Department Chair
Marianne Horvath, Coordinator
This program prepares you to work in the healthcare industry with the use of health information technology. The career opportunities in this field are innumerable based on multi-healthcare settings and industries. The job titles and potential salaries are dependent upon education, experience, certification, location and setting. Medical Coders and billers are some jobs that are attainable in the field of Health Information Technology (HIT). Medical Records Management is another area of HIT with occupations in implementation, management, and support. Salary ranges are typically $15 to $28 per hour.
The Health Information Technology Degree offers a career in one of the most dynamic fields in our nation’s history. The ONC (Office of the National Coordinator) has identified roles that will lead the progress toward the transition from paper records to Electronic Health Records (EHR). This degree will provide education on how the roles of clinicians and information technology specialists in the medical arena are transitioning and will continue to do so. Students learn about the secure transfer of personal health information statewide and nationally through the Health Information Exchange (HIE). The program also addresses the meaningful use of electronic health records; safer cost-effective health practices, and supporting public participation in healthcare decisions and outcomes.
There are three AAS degrees with specialization (with inclusion of an additional certificate and the ability to take a national certification exam) in three areas: HIT Medical Coding, HIT Implementation Management and Support, and HIT Network Security.