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.
Health Information Technology
Health Information Technology Certification Prep Course HIT-003
This noncredit program will train aspiring healthcare and information technology professionals to be part of the country's emerging health IT industry. Elements of the program include a comprehensive overview of human body systems, health information terminology, communication in healthcare, privacy laws, ethical issues, and the role of HIPPA in the digital electronic health record (EHRs). You will review basic computing, computer architecture, data organization, programming languages, networking, hardware components, software applications, the HITECH Act, and the concept of "meaningful use." You will document system interfaces and integration requirements, databases, applications, and operating systems. The course includes approaches to assess, select, and configure EHRs; how to conduct workflow analysis; functions of all layers of the ISO OSI models' data standards' components of health IT standards (including HL7 and TC215) for health information exchange; and a review of enterprise architecture models. You will review project management principles, tools, and techniques.
Students who complete this program could be qualified to sit for the following Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist (CHTS) exams from 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.
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.
Knowledge of medical terminology is necessary. If necessary or to refresh your skills students can sign up for our Ed2Go Online course in Medical Terminology by visiting http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/wdce/nconlinecourses.html. Students who are interested in this class should have a bachelor's degree and current work experience in either the IT or Medical field.
Mandatory Information Session and Registration Information:
For more information on course content and general admission to the course please register for our Mandatory Information Session (http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/iti/informationsession.html ) on August 19, 2014 from 10:00am - 1:00pm. at the Gaithersburg Business Training Center, 12 South Summit Ave. 4th Floor, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877.
See schedule of Health Information Technology classes.