What Is Health Information Technology?

Three cheers for another "What Should I Do With My Life" video! In this video, the National Health Information Technician and Health Information Management Program Coordinator at Rasmussen College uncovers the commonly pursued healthcare career as a health information technician. She'll answer in full depth, "What is a health information technician" and go into detail on degree and career information in this field.




Hi. I'm Allie Gray Freeland, and I am the host of Rasmussen College's newest video blog series, "What Should I Do With My Life?" So in this series, we'll speak with expert instructors about educational and career opportunities that will help you answer the question, what should I do with my life.

So today I'm here with Hertencia Bowe, who is the National Health Information management program coordinator for the School of Health Sciences. So she's here to share with us some really important information about educational and career paths for health information technicians.

So one of the very common questions about Health Information Technology, or HIT, is exactly what is it? What do they do? And so a Health Information Technician is first and foremost an advocate of patient data. They are the experts at protecting the privacy and security of patient information. So they usually work in a health care setting where there are medical records. And so they are responsible for ensuring that the patient's health care data is secure and private.

To become a Health Information Technician you must first graduate from a CAHIIM accredited two-year AS degree program. And then you must pass a certification exam, titled the RHIT, which stands for Registered Health Information Technician.

Some of the common health information job duties include data analysis and reporting. This individual would be an expert in analyzing the health care data and generating reports for the health care facilities. They would look at trends in a particular area and help the hospital to understand what's going on with the patients that they're seeing at that facility.

Another area is release of information. This person would be an expert in understanding what type and how much patient data should be released upon request. Other areas include medical coding. Some health information technicians go on to be medical coders. At the Rasmussen program, there's four medical coding courses within the curriculum, so they are very well equipped to be medical coders once they graduate.

A special thanks to Hertencia Bowe for speaking with us today about the exciting career and educational opportunities of the Health Information Technician. Stay tuned for next episodes of "So What Should I Do With My Life?"

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