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Health Information Technology

Associate's Degree

In the medical field, you could have the ability to help people when they need it the most. If you are the type of person who likes to assist others and who wants a career with a bright future, then consider training to enter the health care field. As technology continues to advance and the country’s aging population increases, the need for trained medical professionals is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.*

Through Brightwood College’s Health Information Technology Associate’s Degree program, you could train to play a significant role in a health care facility. The Health Information Technology program is designed to help students acquire knowledge and develop skills in processing, maintaining, compiling, and reporting health information data for patient care, reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, quality assessment, and research, as well as hands-on training in medical coding and abstracting procedures.

What Is Health Information Technology?

Health information technology (HIT) professionals are focused on the technical side of managing health information and work with software and hardware used to manage and store patient data. HIT professionals provide support for electronic health records and other systems health professionals use to secure health information.

Professional Health Information Technology Responsibilities

This is your opportunity to develop the relevant knowledge and skills to seek a career in the health information technology field. While job descriptions can vary, HIT professionals may perform the following duties:

  • Ensure the quality of medical records by verifying completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems
  • Use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care or controlling costs
  • Specialize in coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research
  • Compile health records and reports on health care services
  • Ensure that patient information is released in accordance with applicable laws

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Potential Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the Health Information Technology program at Brightwood College, you may search for entry-level positions in these settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians’ practices
  • Nursing homes
  • Home health agencies
  • Public health agencies

An Accredited Health Information Technology Program

The Health Information Technology program at Brightwood College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

CAHIIM Accredited Program

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Healthcare Occupations, (accessed March 2016). Expected national growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

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