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Healthcare Information Specialist (A.A.S.)

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Have you always wanted to work in the medical environment but also wanted to stay behind a computer? As a Healthcare Information Specialist, you can do that. This individual is an electronic medical records specialist, who compiles and maintains the medical records of patients.

Our Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Healthcare Information Specialist degree will prepare you be a top-notch member in this field. In addition to documenting records, students will learn how to securely protect, process, and prepare records, process admission or discharge documents, and more.

As the Pennsylvania Department of Labor anticipates the need for 9,150 trained medical records and health information technicians by 2016, graduates will be confident in knowing that their newly acquired skills will be highly valued by numerous medical environments. Get ready to make an impact… quickly!

Program Objectives

  1. Protect the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained.
  2. Review records for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with regulations.
  3. Retrieve patient medical records for physicians, technicians, or other medical personnel.
  4. Release information to persons or agencies according to regulations.
  5. Plan, develop, maintain, or operate a variety of health record indexes or storage and retrieval systems to collect, classify, store, or analyze information.
  6. Enter data, such as demographic characteristics, history and extent of disease, diagnostic procedures, or treatment into computer.
  7. Compile and maintain patients' medical records to document condition and treatment and to provide data for research or cost control and care improvement efforts.
  8. Process and prepare business or government forms.
  9. Process patient admission or discharge documents.
  10. Assign the patient to diagnosis-related groups (DRGs), using appropriate computer software.

Requirements / Course Sequence

All course requirements and the recommended sequence of courses for this program can be found through the College's Online Academic Catalog. Click here to access the catalog for details on our Healthcare Information Specialist program.

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