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The Health Information Management Technology program prepares the student to become a professional responsible for maintaining components of health information systems consistent with the medical, administrative, ethical, legal, accreditation, and regulatory requirements of the health care delivery system. In all types of health care facilities, the health information management technician possesses the technical knowledge and skills necessary to process, maintain, compile, and report health information data for reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, utilization management, quality assessment and research; to abstract and code clinical data using appropriate classification systems; and to analyze health records according to standards. The health information management technician also may be responsible for functional supervision of the various components of the health information system.

The HIMT degree program at Columbus State is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Completion of the Associate Degree in Health Information Management Technology will permit graduates to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification examination and the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) examination. Graduates of the HIMT degree program may transfer to The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, or the University of Toledo for a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Health Information Management and Systems.

The Medical Coding Certificate program prepares students with entry-level skills needed to code, classify, and index diagnoses and procedures for the purpose of reimbursement, standardization, retrieval and statistical analysis. Principles in ICD-9-CM coding, CPT coding, and third-party reimbursement will be emphasized.

The Health IT Certificates program prepares students to support electronic health record systems. A health IT professional is qualified to support the adoption and implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHRs), information exchange across health care providers and public health authorities, and the redesign of workflows within health care settings to gain the quality and efficiency benefits of EHRs. The program is offered in distance learning format designed to be completed within two semesters.

The Health Data Analyst Certificate program helps prepare students for the Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) certification examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The Clinical Data Analyst will work independently to document external data acquisition policies and procedures as well as interface with other business units to define and document data needs and ad-hoc analysis requirements. With emphasis on use of electronic health records (EHRs), the health care industry continues to become more data driven, making health data analysts more valuable than ever. The CHDA designation provides practitioners with the knowledge to acquire, manage, analyze, interpret, and transform data into accurate, consistent, and timely information.

The Health Information Management Technology degree program, the Medical Coding Certificate program, the Health IT Certificates, and the Health Data Analyst Certificate are Web-based programs. All technical coursework is offered online. Students are required to come to campus for proctored tests and occasional class meetings. Students are also required to attend professional practice experiences (PPEs) throughout the program at assigned healthcare facilities. Proctored testing is required for most HIMT courses.

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

• Demonstrate knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, and clinical data as it relates to the collection and use of health information.

• Review health records for completeness and accuracy to determine appropriateness and adequacy of health care documentation.

• Maintain and compile health information using electronic applications and work processes.

• Apply legal principles, policies, regulations and standards for the control, use, and dissemination of health information.

• Collect, compute, analyze, interpret and present statistical data related to health care services.

• Apply official coding principles in the assignment of diagnostic and procedural codes for the purpose of health care administrative, reimbursement, and research purposes.

• Abstract data from patient records for administrative, reimbursement, and research purposes.

• Apply principles of supervision and leadership and the tools used to effectively manage human resources.

• Demonstrate ethical practices as outlined in the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Code of Ethics.

 

Medical Coding Certificate
Upon completion of the Medical Coding Certificate, the student will be able to:

•  Demonstrate knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, and clinical data as it relates to the collection and use of health information.

•  Review health records for completeness and accuracy to determine appropriateness and adequacy of health-care documentation.

• Identify components of appropriate and adequate documentation of health care.

• Code, classify and index diagnoses and procedures for the purpose of reimbursement, standardization, retrieval, and statistical analysis.

•  Abstract data from patient records for administrative, reimbursement, and research purposes.

• Demonstrate ethical practices as outlined in the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Code of Ethics.

 

Health Data Analyst
Upon completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

• Assist with the development, maintenance and support of the data architecture and models for healthcare databases.

• Establish uniform data capture methods and strategies for validating the accuracy and reliability of data.

• Analyze and interpret health data using acceptable methods, criteria, and metrics.

• Generate meaningful reports using internal and external data sources and provides recommendation based on the data.

• Perform basic statistical analyses for projects and reports.

• Utilize data mining techniques and procedures to provide data for analysis and/or reporting.

• Demonstrate ethical practices as outlined in the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Code of Ethics.

 

Health IT Certificates

Workflow and Information Management Certificate
Upon completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

• Conduct user requirements analysis to facilitate workflow design.

• Integrate information technology functions into workflow.

• Document health information exchange needs.

• Design processes and information flows that accommodate quality improvement and reporting.

• Work with provider personnel to implement revised workflows.

• Evaluate process workflows to validate or improve practice’s systems.

• Suggest solutions for health IT implementation problems in clinical and public health settings.

• Address workflow and data collection issues from a clinical perspective, including quality measurement and improvement.

• Assist in selection of vendors and software.

• Advocate for users’ needs, acting as a liaison between users, IT staff, and vendors.

 

Implementation/Technical Software Support Certificate
Upon completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

• Execute implementation project plans, by installing hardware (as needed) and configuring software to meet practice needs.

• Incorporate usability principles into design and implementation.

• Test the software against performance specifications.

• Interact with the vendors as needed to rectify problems that occur during the deployment process.

• Interact with end users to diagnose IT problems and implement solutions.

• Document IT problems and evaluate the effectiveness of problem resolution.

• Support systems security and standards.

 

Project Management for Health IT Certificate
Upon completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

• Apply project management and change management principles to create implementation project plans to achieve the project goals.

• Interact with office/hospital personnel to ensure open communication with the support team.

• Lead implementation teams consisting of workers in the roles described above.

• Manage vendor relations, providing feedback to health IT vendors for product improvement.

 

Specific Program Admissions Information for HIMT Degree, Health Data Analyst Certificate, Medical Coding Certificate, and Health IT Certificates

Listed below are requirements for admission to the Health Information Management Technology, the Medical Coding Certificate, and Health IT Certificates. These requirements must be completed prior to acceptance into the HIMT Degree program, the Health Data Analyst Certificate, the Medical Coding Certificate, and Health IT Certificates.

1) High school graduate or GED equivalency

2) Placement into ENGL 1100 Beginning Composition

3) Placement into MATH 1030 Beginning Algebra II

4) Completion of CSCI 1001 Computer Fundamentals

5) Completion of CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications

6) Students must pass a drug screen and background check before they can be accepted into the HIMT Degree, the Medical Coding Certificate, the Health IT Certificates, or the Health Data Analyst Certificate.

After earning a “C” or higher in HIMT 1111, the student will be accepted into the HIMT Degree program, the Medical Coding Certificate program, the Health IT Certificate program, or the Health Data Analyst Certificate program.

The HIMT Degree, the Health Data Analyst Certificate, the Medical Coding Certificate, and Health IT plans of study begin with Autumn Semester as published. Students are expected to follow the established plans of study. An alternate plan of study may extend program completion time.

Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all HIMT technical and basic related courses to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in HIMT, to complete the Medical Coding Certificate, or to complete the Health IT Certificates

Health Information Management Technology Associate Degree

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
BIO 1100 Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology  2
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications  3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
HIMT 1111 Introduction to HIM  3
HIMT 1121 Advanced Medical Terminology  2
HIMT 1135 Health Data Management  3
HIMT 1256 Clinical Documentation & Disease  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16
Semester 2 . .
BIO 2300 Human Anatomy  4
CSCI 1102 Intermediate Excel & Access  3
HIMT 1141 Pharmacology  2
HIMT 1245 Clinical Class I  3
HIMT 1255 Clinical Class II  3
HIMT 1265 Medical Reimbursement  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 18
Summer Semester . .
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
MATH 1050 Elementary Algebra  5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8
Semester 3 . .
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology  3
CSCI 2325 Expert Access  3
HIMT 2133 Legal Aspects  2
HIMT 2860 PPE Medical Coding App  4
HIMT 2267 Principles of Management  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14
Semester 4 . .
HUM XXXX Refer to approved list  3
HIMT 2294 Special Topics  2
HIMT 2257 Introduction to Health Statistics  2
HIMT 2870 PPE HIM Application  4
HIMT 2259 Quality & Resource Management  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS . 70

GE-ART/HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

HART 1201 History of Art I  3
HART 1202 History of Art II  3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648  3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648  3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877  3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877  3
HIST 1181 World Civ I: Non-Western/Non-Amer/1500  3
HIST 1182 World Civ II: Non-Western/Non-Amer/Since 1500  3
HIST 2223 African American History I: 1451-1876  3
HIST 2224 African American History II: 1877-Present  3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities  3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions  3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History  3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy  3
PHIL 1130 Ethics  3

Medical Coding Certificate

Semester 1 . .
BIO 1100 Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology  2
HIMT 1111 Introduction to HIM  3
HIMT 1121 Advanced Medical Terminology  2
HIMT 1135 Health Data Management  3
HIMT 1256 Clinical Documentation & Disease  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
Semester 2 . .
BIO 2300 Human Anatomy  4
HIMT 1141 Pharmacology  2
HIMT 1245 Clinical Class I  3
HIMT 1255 Clinical Class II  3
HIMT 1265 Medical Reimbursement  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 15
Semester 3 . .
HIMT 2860 PPE Med Cod App  4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 4
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS  . 27

Health IT Certificates

Workflow and Information Management Certificate

Semester 1 . .
HIMT 1135 Health Data Management  3
HIMT 1111 Introduction to Health Information Management  3
HIMT 2267 Principles of Management  2
HIMT 1121 Advanced Medical Terminology  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 10
Semester 2 . .
HIMT 2259 Quality and Resource Management  3
HIMT 2870B PPE HIM Applications HIT C  2
CSCI 1052 Networking Terminology  1
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 9
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS  . 19

Implementation/Technical Software Support Certificate

Semester 1 . .
HIMT 1135 Health Data Management  3
HIMT 1111 Introduction to Health Information Management  3
HIMT 2267 Principles of Management  2
CSCI 1152 Networking Concepts  2
CSCI 1100 Essential Computer Topics  1
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 11
Semester 2 . .
CSCI 2778 Wireless, Voice, & Mobile Communications  3
HIMT 2870B PPE HIM Applications HIT C  2
MULT 1010 Medical Terminology  2
CSCI 2371 Database Administration & Data Mining  4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 11
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS  . 22

Project Management for Health IT Certificate

Semester 1 . .
HIMT 1135 Health Data Management  3
HIMT 1111 Introduction to Health Information Management  3
HIMT 2267 Principles of Management  2
MULT 1010 Medical Terminology  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 10
Semester 2 . .
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications  3
HIMT 2870B PPE HIM Applications HIT C  2
CSCI 1052 Networking Terminology  1
CSCI 2330 Project Management Fundamentals & Case Studies  4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 10
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 20