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Health Information Technology Program

Are you organized and detail-oriented? Would you like a career that combines technical office skills with healthcare, the fastest-growing job sector through the next decade? Health Information Technology could be a perfect fit for you.

What is Health Information Technology (HIT)?
Health Information Technology refers to the technology framework used to manage health information that ensures record accuracy, organization, quality, security and accessibility for patients.

What does an HIT professional do?
Health information professionals are vital to the daily operations management of health information and electronic health records (EHRs). They ensure that a patient's health information and records are accessible, complete, accurate and protected. 

With an associate degree in Health Information Technology, you can gain the technical and administrative skills to develop and manage complex health information systems consistent with professional and regulatory standards. Health industry employers are looking for workers who are highly trained in the latest information management technology applications and who can understand the workflow in any healthcare provider organization.

What will you study?
You'll be trained in common medical terminology, coding and classifications systems, medical software applications, legal and ethical aspects of health information, health care statistics, coding and reimbursement methodologies, and quality assessment and performance improvement — so you can go right to work.

The Health Information Technology program includes:

  • Medical terminology
  • Basic anatomy and physiology
  • Coding and classification systems
  • Computer software applications
  • Pathophysiology (the study of disease management)
  • Pharmacology (the study of drug classifications and their therapeutic uses)
  • Health care delivery systems
  • Health care statistics

Why is this a good career bet?
The widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) by all types of healthcare providers is leading to an increased need for HIT professionals to organize and manage information efficiently.

Special purpose registries are expected to increase with the aging population, since many illnesses are detected and treated later in life. Cancer registrars in particular are expected to remain in high demand.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health-related occupations will add the most new jobs to the economy — nearly one-third of the total increase — through 2024. Fourteen of the top 20 fastest-growing jobs listed by CareerOneStop (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor) are in health care occupations. Health information technician positions are projected to increase by 30 percent.

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Degrees in HIT

The Health Information Technology program is offered exclusively at Brookhaven College among the colleges of DCCCD.