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.
Health Information Technology (HIT) Advanced Health Information Technology, HIT-004
This continuing education course is designed for Montgomery College students who have completed the Health Information Technology Certification Prep course.
This course provides classroom instruction and field experience. Topics include: Personal Health Records (PHRs), Telehealth applications, Population Health Systems, and Mobile Health devices. This course will survey how the EHR information systems can be used to develop a nationwide health information system that leads to improving healthcare quality, lower heath care costs and empower consumers.. Emphasis will be on new applications. Students field experience in a business environment where new IT solutions are being used and new IT solutions are being developed will provide students with the information for their final paper.
Important Information and Prerequisites for HIT Courses
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.
Important Prerequisites: Students who are interested in this program should have a bachelor's degree and current work experience in either the IT or Medical field.
See schedule of Health Information Technology classes.