What is 'Health Information Technology (HIT)'?
Health information technology allows comprehensive management of medical information and its secure exchange between health care consumers and providers. A health information technology professional is someone who is qualified to support the implementation and management of electronic health records (EHRs), information exchange across health care providers and public health authorities and the redesign of workflows within the health care settings to gain the quality and efficiency benefits of EHRs.
Is it for you?
Health information technology puts you in a growing industry where there's a strong career outlook for individuals with skills and knowledge to collect, analyze, monitor, maintain and report health data in accordance with established data quality principles, legal and information security standards and professional best-practice guidelines.
Students who are pursuing a different degree may also wish to enrich or add to their existing skill set by completing health information technology classes; however, HIT courses are not meant to take the place of other classes within a student’s degree program.
Jobs and Salary Expectations
This field is projected to grow much faster than average. Health IT job opportunities can be found in hospitals and other healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies, medical software companies, consulting firms, public health organizations, government agencies, insurance companies and academia.
National: Even though the responsibilities are great, medical informatics professionals are well rewarded. According to Indeed.com, Health Informatics Analysts earned, on average, $81,000 in 2008 with a salary range of $34,000 to more than $110,000. The US Department of Labor estimates a 49 percent job growth in health information and informatics.
- Healthcare Informatics was named one of the top careers in U.S. News & World Report
- 10,000 informatics professionals will be needed by the year 2010, according to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
- Health informatics is the #1 emerging industry job opportunity on CareerBuilder.com
- Electronic medical records tops ECRI's Top 7 Health Plan IT Trends to Watch
State of Nebraska: According to Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII), as of April 2010, more than 1.5 million patients have registered with some 500 physicians using the electronic health records system. The program rolled out in July 2009. Growth in this new area of Health Information Technology has been rapid.
Health Information Technology (HITSD) - prepares students with a background in healthcare or information technology to participate in the conversion to an electronic health records system
The HIT specialist diploma is designed for incumbent workers who are currently employed in either the healthcare or information technology fields and hold a college degree. The classes provide a basic knowledge of the skills required to implement EHRs in the healthcare environment. Hands-on activities provide students with the knowledge, skills and competencies that he/she does not already possess. For example, a person entering the program with a healthcare background would concentrate on obtaining IT skills and workflow redesign capabilities rather than on content knowledge related to healthcare, which they already have. The same applies to individuals with IT skills who have little or no healthcare experience.
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Gainful Employment Information
The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "Prepares students for Gainful Employment in a recognized occupation." The following are Gainful Employment program(s), meaning they are certificate program(s) that are intended to lead directly to employment. We hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.
Health Information Technology (HITSD) - Career Certificate