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
New HIT Courses coming Summer and Fall 2015 in Health IT Foundations.
To prepare for this program you may want to take an Ed2Go online course called Medical Terminology, a Word Association Approach. Visit Ed2Go to enroll, six-week classes start monthly.
Health IT Foundations, HIT 005
This noncredit program will train aspiring healthcare and information technology professionals to be part of the country's emerging health IT Industry. Element of the program include an introductory overview of communication in healthcare, privacy laws, ethical issues, and the role of HIPAA in digital electronic health record (EHRs). You will review foundations aspects of EHR implementation support, practice workflow and information management redesign, data organization, programming languages, networking, software application, the HITECH Act, the concept of "meaningful use", and enterprise architecture models. You will also review project management principles, tools and techniques and practice using the student edition MEDCIN, a point-of-care terminology intended for use in EHR systems, in classroom labs.
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.
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.