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Health Information Management
Health Information Management (HIM) professionals are responsible for collecting, maintaining and analyzing the data that physicians, nurses and other health care providers rely on to deliver quality health care. As experts in patient health data management, HIM professionals work in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, government agencies and private industry. As more healthcare data is collected more HIM professionals are needed to fill the growing work force to manage and analyze it. They will be called on to improve efficiency in health care facilities by optimizing efficiency in billing and improving patient care and electronic data integrity through quality management and improvement. With estimated projections in employment expected to grow faster than average, this is a rapidly expanding profession in an exciting area of health care.
Lane Community College offers an AAS Health Information Management (HIM) program that is FULLY ONLINE.
HIM Program Mission Statement: The mission of the Health Information Management program is to provide our graduates with quality education that stimulate students to reach their full potential through respect for inquiry and lifelong learning; to develop required professional competencies needed to ensure accessibility, accuracy, availability, integrity, and security of patient health information, and to develop leadership, problem solving and critical thinking skills for advancement in the field of health information.
The Associate Degree Health Information Management Program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health information management jobs are expected to increase by 22% from 2012-2022 nation-wide. This is estimated to be at least 40,000 more jobs in this career field.