Health Information Management

A Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (HIM) is a joint degree program between the Newark College of Arts and Sciences (NCAS) and the School of Health Professions (SHP).  Upon near completion of the requirements for the Core Curriculum, as well as prerequisites for the HIM program, students apply to transfer to SHRP, where they complete their professional training for the major mostly online .  

The HIM major prepares students to become health care professionals responsible for the management of health information systems in a manner that is consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, and legal requirements. HIM professionals collect, analyze, and utilize data to provide information critical to the health care industry. Career opportunities in health information now extend well beyond the health information department and the acute care facility.  Professionals with technical expertise, problem-solving skills, knowledge of clinical medicine, and superior communication skills are needed to ensure quality health care documentation, protect patient confidentiality, and develop and maintain the electronic health record. To learn more about the HIM major, please click here.

 

Click here to visit the SHP HIM program website

Click here to view the HIM curriculum at SHRP

Click here for a link to the Curriculum that you will follow while at NCAS

 

The Profession

The Health Information Manager is a member of the health care team and is the professional responsible for management of health information systems consistent with medical, administrative, ethical and legal requirements.  Health information professionals collect, analyze and utilize data to provide information critical to the health care industry.  A Registered Record Administrator (RHIA) collects many kinds of data from a variety of sources, monitors the integrity of the information, ensures appropriate access to health records and manages the analysis and use of this data.

Traditionally, Health Information professionals have been employed as department managers in hospital centers.  In this positions, the major areas of responsibility include: determining health information policies; planning; budgeting; acting as a liaison with other departments; evaluating employee performance; educating departmental staff, medical staff and ancillary departments to assure quality information; and serving on important committees such as quality management and utilization review.

The need for accurate and up-to-date health records is not confined to health care facilities.  RHIAs are employed by managed care organizations, insurance companies, law firms, physician offices, consulting firms, software companies and the pharmaceutical industry.

 

Click here for a link to Career Information on BLS.gov