Health Information Management/Technology (AS)
What is A Health Information Management/Technology (AS) Degree?
The Health Information field involves the collection, storage, analyzing, and protecting of health data. This includes paper-based data as well as electronic data. The challenge of this field is documenting complex patient care delivered at numerous facilities in a way that the data can be used in an ethical way. Some professionals in the field design the systems, some collect, maintain, and analyze the data, and some develop health policies based on findings. As you can imagine, the data can help in studies of causes and effects of various illnesses.
The AS degree in Health Information Management/Technology will prepare you to collect and analyze information for use in the care of patients in all kinds of facilities that provide direct care. The degree will allow you to hold jobs like health information technician or health information clerk. Subjects studied will include clinical databases, medical records, data analysis, and regulations governing health information. You may also get some hands-on work experience at a cooperating facility.
The videos below discuss “typical” programs, so they should help regardless of which school you are considering.