Health Information Technology, HIT Program
Explore the emerging Health Information Technology field and how the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of health data plays a critical role in enhancing the quality of care, reducing the costs of delivery and addressing population health issues. This program will train health care and information technology professionals to be part of the country's emerging health information industry. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates that approximately 50,000 qualified health information technology workers will be needed by 2015.
Highlights of Montgomery College's New Health Information Technology (HIT) Program includes:
Semester 1 (96 Contact Hours)
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- Terminology for Health Information Technology Professionals is a comprehensive overview of human body systems and related terminology as well as the terminology used in public health and health information technology settings.
- Health Information Technology - The Culture of US Healthcare addresses job expectations and communication in healthcare settings.
- Information Technology and Computer Sciences in Health Care Part #1 is an introduction to computer hardware, software, and networking and applying those fundamentals through hands-on labs to the implementation and adoption of electronic health records systems.
Semester 2 (96 Contact Hours)
- Information Technology and Computer Sciences in Health Care Part #2
- Installation and Maintenance of Health IT Systems
- Networking and Health Information Exchange
- Configuring Electronic Health Records
- Introduction to Project Management for HIT Professionals
Note: Hands-on labs and experiences will be integrated throughout the program.
Nationally Recognized Certification Exams:
Students who successfully complete this program (Semester 1 and 2) could be qualified to sit for the following certifications through The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Implementation Support Specialist Examination (CHTS-IS)
Implementation Support Specialist Examination tests a candidate’s ability to provide on-site user support throughout the health IT system implementation process. Previous background in this role includes information technology or information management.
Practice Workflow & Information Management Redesign Specialist (CHTS-PW)
This Exam portrays the skills needed to reorganize a provider’s work to effectively use health IT to improve health care. Candidates may have backgrounds in health care or information technology, but are not licensed clinical professionals. Workers in this role assist in reorganizing the work of a provider to take full advantage of the features of health IT in pursuit of meaningful use of health IT to improve health and care. Individuals in this role may have backgrounds in health care (for example, as a practice administrator) or in information technology, but are not licensed clinical professionals.
Technical/Software Support Staff Examination (CHTS-TS)
Technical/Software Support Staff Examination assesses a candidate’s ability to maintain systems in clinical and public health settings, including patching and upgrading software. Candidate backgrounds include information technology or information management.
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These courses do not provide instruction for those seeking jobs as medical coders or billers or health information technicians. Please see www.montgomerycollege.edu/him for more information for the credit degree and certificate options in Health Information Management at Takoma Park / Silver Spring campus.