Health Information Technology
BCCC’s Health Information Technology (HIT) graduates perform a variety of technical, health information management functions including organizing, analyzing, and technically evaluating health information; compiling administrative and health statistics; and coding diseases, operations, and other procedures. Responsibilities also include maintaining and using a variety of health information indices, special registries, storage and retrieval systems; inputting and retrieving computerized health data, and controlling the release of health information.The majority of health information practitioners work in acute care hospitals, ambulatory, long-term, and mental health facilities, state and federal agencies, and at insurance companies, and colleges. Some are self-employed in businesses such as transcription services and consulting.Graduates are eligible to apply for the national certifying RHIT examination administered by the American Health Information Management Association. Passing the examination entitles a person to use the initials RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician) after his/ her name.The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).The mission of the Health Information Technology Program at Baltimore City Community College is to provide the students with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to excel in the field of Health Information Technology and to foster lifelong learning among active healthcare professionals. Students must earn “C” or better in BIO 111/112 and all AH and HIT courses. Transfer and returning students may be required to repeat any AH and HIT course whose credits are more than three years old. No HIT student will be allowed to repeat an AH or HIT course beyond the initial and 1 repeat.
Program Accreditation Statistics: 2011 – 2012 and 2012 – 2013
Employer Satisfaction Rate: 100%
Student Graduate Survey, Satisfaction Rate: 100%
Pass Rate – National Exam 2011-2012: 100%
Pass Rate – National Exam 2012-2013: 80%
Students in the Health Information Technology degree program who wish to receive the Coding Specialist Certificate must take HIT 226 Coding Practicum II.
Upon acceptance into the Program, students:
1. Must complete an American Heart Association CPR course. A copy of both sides of the card must be provided on the first day of class.
2. Are required to carry health insurance as long as they are in the program or sign a medical waiver accepting.
3. Responsible for their own health and safety in the classrooms and clinical areas to which they are assigned.
4. Must show proof of current health status by physical exam less than a year old.
5. Have up-to-date immunization/titres:
a. The Purified Protein Derivative (PPD) must be done annually
b. Rubella, Rubeola and Mumps titre and immunization, if necessary
c. Varicella (chicken pox) titre and immunization, if necessary
d. Hepatitis B screening, vaccine if necessary, or written waiver
6. Seasonal flu and other immunizations may be required by the assigned clinical health care facility.
7. Will be required to have a criminal background check and a drug screen per clinical agency regulations. Check with the Program Coordinator for more information.
8. Must maintain a minimum of “C” in each required course to progress through the course and semester sequence.
9. Must have a 2.5 GPA to apply to the program and must maintain a 2.0 throughout the duration of the program.
10. In addition students:
a. Will incur expenses for books, tuition, etc.
b. Are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical practicums.
Baltimore City Community College's Health Information Technology (HIT) graduates perform a variety of technical health information management functions including organizing, analyzing, and technically evaluating health information; compiling administrative and health statistics; and coding diseases, operations, and other procedures.Responsibilities also include maintaining and using a variety of health information indices, special registries, storage and retrieval systems, inputting and retrieving computerized health data, and controlling the release of health information. The majority of health information practitioners work in acute care hospitals, ambulatory, long-term, and mental health facilities, state and federal agencies, insurance companies, and colleges. Some are self-employed in businesses such as transcription services and consulting.
Career Options and Occupation Outlook
Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages. An aging population will need more medical tests, treatments, and procedures.This will also mean more claims for reimbursement from private and public insurance. Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records by all types of healthcare providers, should lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry.Cancer registrars are expected to continue to be in high demand. As the population ages, there will likely be more types of special purpose registries because many more types of illnesses are detected and treated later in life.
Analytical skills. Health information technicians must be able to understand and follow medical records and diagnoses, and then decide how best to code them in a patient’s medical records.
Detail oriented. Health information technicians must be accurate when recording and coding patient information.
Integrity. Health information technicians work with patient data that are required, by law, to be kept confidential. They must exercise caution when working with this information in order to protect patient confidentiality.
Interpersonal skills. Health information technicians need to be able to discuss patient information, discrepancies, and data requirements with other professionals such as physicians and finance personnel.
Technical skills. Health information technicians must be able to use coding and classification software and the EHR system that their healthcare organization or physician practice has adopted.