Record keeping is a critical aspect of the medical industry, and the digital shift is changing how hospitals retain those records. That shift also set off changing federal requirements in how they are maintained.
From these shifts, Health Information Technology became a prominently growing career path within the medical field. And it’s one of Kirtland’s newest health sciences program.
Health Information Technicians ensure health information data is accurate, accessible and secure between both paper and electronic systems. In the system, they maneuver through patient information and insurance reimbursements using classification systems and code.
The career, which is expected to grow 22% by 2022 according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, currently has a national median pay of $34,160 per year – or $16.42 per hour. In Michigan, the median is even higher, at $35,620.
The field, which is heavily involved with computers, is also an online associate’s degree through Kirtland. But, you don’t need computer savviness to get started. Included within the program is an orientation that prepares you as an online student. Since the profession primarily focuses on organization, attention to detail is more important than computer knowledge.
Obtaining the online degree at Kirtland provides the added benefit of saving both time and money. You can stay home and complete your degree. It’s entirely flexible, as you set your own schedule.
The degree also covers training for the latest revision to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, the ICD-10. The ICD is a medical classification list put out by the World Health Organization, and contains codes for diseases, symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances, and external causes of injury. The 10th revision of this list will be implemented and required in all healthcare settings by October 1, 2015. This all falls under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. This act required the adoption of national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health plans, and employers.
When Kirtland’s online HIT program completes its strenuous national accreditation process, completion of the program means you can take the national certification examination in Health Information Technology, which is offered by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information. The certification makes you a Registered Health Information Technologist, enabling you to compile, process and maintain medical records in a variety of settings.
A Health Information Technology degree opens doors for careers like medical coding, cancer registrars, programmers, informaticists, and more. It’s a route for those interested in the medical industry, but feel better suited for behind-the-scenes work. The degree at Kirtland is flexible, cost effective, and time saving.
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