Health Informatics and Information ManagementAssociate in Applied Science (AAS)
The past 200 years have produced gigantic leaps in medical care, but it wasn’t until about five years ago that medical record keeping began to catch up. Since then, the medical industry has seen a revolution that is moving healthcare documentation from paper to digital. The result is vastly improved accuracy and efficiency—as well as skyrocketing demand for health informatics professionals.
A Closer Look
Health informatics technicians use computer programs and specialized methods to securely create and manage patients’ medical and treatment histories, known as electronic health records (EHR). Their work entails the use of classification systems for coding, categorizing, and reporting. The data is then used to positively impact patient care and safety, reimbursement, facilities planning, marketing, risk management, research, and more.
Health informatics professionals have sharp software and computer skills. Many also possess good communication skills and work closely with other healthcare workers to make clarifications and obtain information.
What You'll Learn
Mid-State’s Health Informatics and Information Management program prepares individuals to enter the emerging field of electronic health record management. Students learn to use computer programs and established methods to securely process, compile, maintain, and report electronic health information data for patient care.
In this program you’ll learn to abstract and code clinical data using classifications systems as well as analyze health records according to industry protocols. You’ll build knowledge about reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, and more. Graduates are eligible to take the AHIMA national certification exam for Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
- Chargemaster Coordinator
- Coding Specialist
- Coding Support Specialist
- Data Analyst
- Electronic Health Record Trainer
- Health Information Technician
- Health Information Specialist
- Health Information Supervisor
- Patient Account Representative
- Patient Financial Services Specialist
- Privacy Officer
- Quality Improvement Analyst
The instructors in the Health Informatics and Information Management program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!
Kerry has a master’s degree from Northwestern University and 17 years of experience working in software and health information management for medical providers. She has taught in the Wisconsin Technical College System for over 10 years. To keep up with emerging trends, she attends professional development sessions for HIIM educators and serves on a number of industry leadership boards. “I teach by trying to reach students' hearts because I want to help people discover their passion in life.”
Angela earned her associate degree from Mid-State and has four years of experience as a medical coder for local hospitals. To keep her skills and professional certifications up to date, she attains 56 credits of continuing education every year.
“I enjoy teaching because of the 'aha' moments.”
Program Information Guide
The Health Informatics and Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) under the Associate Degree HIM standards. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential. Graduates who pass the exam may use the AHIMA credential Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
Credentialing exam results for Mid-State HIIM graduates consistently exceed national results. Mid-State results for first-time test takers over the last two years:
|Timeframe||MSTC Average Score||National Average Score||MSTC Pass Rate||National Pass Rate|
|Oct '13 - Sept '14||89.80||88.50||100%||76%|
|Oct '12 - Sept '13||113||86.58||100%||71%|