By studying health information, students at UNOH will acquire a versatile, yet focused, skill set incorporating medical terminology, information technology, leadership, and management skills.
Most Health Information professionals will work in hospitals, but they are also found in office-based physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities, and public health agencies. They may be employed in ANY organization that uses patient data or health information, such as pharmaceutical companies, law and insurance firms, and health product vendors.
The University of Northwestern Ohio has additional programmatic accreditation for its Health Information Technology program from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). When you graduate with an Associate’s Degree from UNOH in Health Information Technology, upon passing a certification exam, you will be considered a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
Health information encompasses a wide range of job functions and settings. Among these, are medical records management, privacy officer, risk management, medical coding, corporate compliance, and data analysis and reporting.
Industries with an increased demand for health information professionals include academic institutions, consulting agencies, government agencies, and healthcare software companies. As health information technology becomes more prevalent, health information practitioners will continue to be critical components of the electronic health record (EHR) workforce. According to the US Department of Labor, HIT will grow to encompass new support positions, including mobile support adoption positions, public health informatics, implementation support specialists, and information management redesign specialists.