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HIMT professionals manage all patient healthcare records, both computer-based and paper, administer computer information systems, and code the diagnoses and procedures for healthcare services provided to patients. They collect, analyze, manage, and protect medical information necessary to providing quality patient care. Health information management professionals also ensure data validity and appropriate access to individual healthcare records.
The Health Information Management Technology program at JJC program is designed to teach students the workflow and health information management technology applications utilized in various healthcare provider organizations from large hospital systems to the private physician practice. Students will learn the skills needed to perform daily operations management of health information and electronic health records to ensure that a patient’s health information and records are complete, accurate, coded appropriately and protected.
The program provides students both lecture and hands-on (professional practice) experience.
The Health Information Management accreditor of Joliet Junior College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The college's accreditation for the associate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2022. All inquiries about the program's accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 E. Randolph St., Suite 5100, Chicago, IL 6061; by phone at (312) 235-3255 or email at email@example.com.
The job outlook for HIMT professionals, as predicted by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, will grow much faster than average (8 percent or more) through 2029. Employment opportunities exist for the Health Information Technology professional in any industry that utilizes patient data.
Health Information Management Technology careers are found in a variety of settings including: healthcare facilities, hospitals, clinics, private physician practices, long-term care facilities, law firms, consulting firms, government agencies, insurance companies, healthcare IS/IT vendors, pharmaceutical companies, and other environments.