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HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

ELAC FACULTY AND STUDENT 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

Program goals are designed to assure that we:

  1. Produce competent entry-level health information management professionals at the Associate degree level in accordance with the 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.

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Health Information Technology, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Use principles of life sciences and information technology to implement and evaluate solutions to healthcare information technology problems
  2. Apply legal principles, policies, regulations and standards for the control and use of health information
  3. Monitor, interpret and apply laws referencing accreditation, licensure and certification standards that affect healthcare data
  4. Perform quantitative and qualitative analysis of health records
  5. Perform functions related to the collection, storage, and retrieval of healthcare data
  6. Collect, compute, analyze, interpret, and present statistical data related to health care services
  7. Abstract health records for department indices/databases/registries
  8. Code, classify, and index diagnoses and procedures for the purpose of reimbursement, standardization, retrieval and statistical analysis
  9. Develop, implement and monitor procedures to ensure healthcare data integrity
  10. Apply principles of supervision and leadership using various tools to effectively manage human resources, financials and the methods for analyzing and improving HIM departmental systems
  11. Apply quality improvement tools and techniques to improve HIM departmental processes
  12. Demonstrate clear and effective communication skills, critical thinking, and problem solving within their scope of practice.

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

2014 - 2015
2013 - 2014
2012 - 2013
2011 - 2012

Percentages

76%
63%
33%
57%