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2023-2024 Catalog 
    Mar 03, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Healthcare Information Systems AAS

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Program Description

Few professions offer the level of diversity in positions and tasks, as well as job security, as Health Information Technology (HIT).  HIT is positioned at the intersection of healthcare, technology, and business. HIT professional duties span medical coding, clinical documentation integrity, supporting and creating required computer systems, data analytics, management, patient privacy, network security, and beyond.  HIT professionals empower partners in healthcare to provide high-quality, efficient, financially prudent, and life-saving care. 

What Do Healthcare Information Systems Specialists Do?

Health information technology (health IT) specialists handle the technical aspects of managing patient health information.  Depending on their position, health IT professionals might build, implement, or support electronic health records (EHRs) and other systems that store patient-related data. They know what data is needed, where it is stored, and how the data is used.

Their work affects quality of care tremendously. As they move up the ladder, health IT specialists become more involved in collaborating with other health-care teams to drive improved patient outcomes, lower costs, and new developments in patient care.

PCC’s HIT programs, staff, and students are affiliated with the global Health information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the premier national association of health information management (HIM) professionals and the leading source of HIM knowledge.

After completing the stringent processes through the American Health Information Management Association to be identified with the AHIMA Professional Certificate Approval Program (PCAP) and successfully earning the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) accreditation, PCC HIT students are not only prepared to earn the AHIMA Medical Coding Credentials, they are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credentialing exam.