The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, estimates health care-related jobs will account for nearly a third of all new jobs created through 2022.
A career in health information technology requires education or experience managing medical and electronic health records. Students will need knowledge and skills in the following.
Brookhaven College's health information technology and medical office administration programs prepare students for entry-level positions in health care settings.
Health information technicians organize and manage health data for physicians and patients. Their work focuses on making sure patient and medical records are accurate, accessible and secure in both paper files and electronic systems. Technicians use classification systems to code patient information for insurance reimbursements, databases and registries, and patients’ medical and treatment histories.
Medical coding specialists use their knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, diseases, and medications to assign a diagnostic or procedural code to a patient's record. This allows medical practices and hospitals to bill insurance companies for the services and facilities provided to patients.
Medical front office assistants work in clinics, hospitals, doctors' offices, medical insurance companies, health care organizations and more. "Front office" skills allow them to work in a medical setting without direct patient contact. The program prepares students to perform administrative duties such as dealing with incoming and outgoing patients, scheduling and monitoring appointments, creating and maintaining patient records, applying standardized codes to patient records, and insurance billing.
The following three program options are currently available.