Welcome to Health Information Technology

The East Los Angeles College Health Information Technology (HIT) Program is an associate of science degree that focuses on the collection of healthcare data. The areas of concentration are delivered through traditional face-to-face/online instruction. In addition, students benefit from professional practicum which provides real-world experience in various healthcare environments. HIT professionals focus on the technical aspect of health information and work skillfully with software and hardware used in the management and storage of patient data in areas related to: coding, electronic medical records, health data analysis, and exchange of health information.

Why Choose a Career in Health Information?

  • HIT professionals become experts in an ever evolving industry which offers versatile employment opportunities.
  • HIT professionals acquire a focused skill set incorporating clinical, information technology, leadership, and management skills.
  • HIT professionals use their knowledge of IT and records management to meet the needs of clinicians, administrators, and information technology professionals working together to support quality patient care.

Career Opportunities

With the mandate of electronic heath records, patient information provides clinicians with data needed to successfully navigate the changes. As evolving regulations and technologies expand, HIT professionals are at the forefront of this change with the knowledge gained for training that incorporate the disciplines of medicine, management, finance, information technology, and law. HIT graduates can choose from a variety of work settings across an array of healthcare environments. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 12,000 to 50,000 new jobs are anticipated by 2020.

Graduates of the ELAC Health Information Technology (HIT) program are qualified to take the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) national exam to be credentialed as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), or Certified Coding Specialist-Physician (CCS-P.)

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
PROGRAM GOALS

Mission of the Health Information Technology Program

The Mission of the Health Information Technology Program is to attract, educate, and increase the pool of qualified individuals entering the profession of health information management, with a commitment to becoming experts in managing patient health information, administering computer information systems and collecting data for health care services provided to the medically underserved and other communities.

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Goals of the Health Information Technology Program

  1. Produce competent entry-level health information management professionals at the Associate degree level in accordance with American Health Information Management Association’s Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) domains and competencies.
  2. Provide support for professional development workshops, resources, and technology to develop excellence in instruction.
  3. Support faculty member’s growth to stay current with knowledge and expertise in areas taught.
  4. Present skill workshops to help HIT professionals continue their education, formally or informally in the health information management field.
  5. Assess students’ satisfaction with overall HIT program and institutional experience.

ACCREDITATION

ELAC's Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), located at 233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2150, Chicago, IL 60601 (URL: http://www.cahiim.org).

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Program graduates are eligible to apply for the national qualifying examination for certification as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

STUDENTS / GRADUATES RHIT PASS RATES

Academic Year

2017 – 2018
2016 – 2017
2015 – 2016
2014 – 2015
2013 – 2014
2012 – 2013
2011 – 2012

Percentages

67%
77%
78%
76%
63%
33%
57%

 

JOB PLACEMENT RATES

Academic Year

2017 – 2018
2016 – 2017
2015 – 2016

Percentages

50%
70%
55%

RENTENTION DATA

Academic Year

2017 – 2018
2016 – 2017
2015 – 2016

Percentages

95.81%
90%
90%