Health Information Management Concentration
Health Information Management Concentration Program at Fisher College
The Health Information Management (HIM) program prepares students to work with various healthcare providers, healthcare system administrators, payers, regulatory agencies, electronic health systems, and patients.
Students learn strategic planning, organizational management, healthcare statistics, research methods, health information systems, health data structure, content and standards, health information communication technology, classification systems and reimbursement methodology, quality management and performance improvement in healthcare and participate in a senior professional practice experience.
The Fisher College HIM program will apply for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Health Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Graduates that meet the requirements of the program, once it is accredited, will be eligible to take the national qualifying examination for certification as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
|Third Year||Credit hours|
|HM310||Healthcare Law and Government Relations||3|
|HM320||Health Data Structure, Content, and Standards
|HM325||Health Information Communication Technology
|HM330||Health Information Systems
|HM350||Clinical Classification and Reimbursement Methodologies
|MG202||Human Resource Management
|Fourth Year||Credit hours|
|HM425||Quality Management and Performance Improvement in Healthcare
|HM430||Strategic Planning and Organizational Management in Healthcare
|HM435||Senior Professional Practice Experience*
|HM440||Healthcare Statistics and Research Methods||3|
|Global Awareness Elective
|*Health Information Focus
Minimum credits required for graduation--122.
Potential Careers and Earnings
According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor statistics for 2010-2011, HIM related job prospects are "good and expected to grow faster than the average."
Graduates of the HIM program may be able to work in a variety of different areas, including but not limited to:
- Clinical Data Management
- Electronic Health Records
- Patient Health Records
- Voice Recognition
- Data Mining
- Relational Databases
- Data Integrity
- Information Security
- Bar Coding
- Computerized Physician Order Entry
- Voice Recognition
- Computer Assisted Coding
- Health Information Exchange
- Release of Information
- Medical Encoders
- Quality Management
- Patient Safety
- Patient Safety
- Data Standards
- Data Analysis
- Digital Imaging
- Data Modeling
- Natural Language Processing
- Artificial Intelligence
- Decision Support
- Risk Management
Students are placed physically or virtually in a diverse variety of HIM settings at healthcare sites under the supervision of a credentialed HIM professional and a Fisher HIM faculty member. The student learns firsthand about the healthcare organization and the HIM professional's role in that organization. This course provides valuable job experience, networking opportunities and guides students to succeed in their future careers.
Valerie McCleary, MS, RHIA
Valerie received the FHIMA Mentor award in 2010 and the Inspire award by the Largo Chamber of Commerce in 2009. She was the recipient of two Prudential Financial Davis awards. She was a panelist speaker at The First Clinical and Preventive Practice Management Summit at Jacksonville, FL in 2007. Valerie has been a long term member of the American HIM Association, the Florida HIM Association, the Gulf Coast HIM Association, the Health Information Systems Society and the American Medical Informatics Association. She served on the St. Petersburg College Advisory Board including several years as the chair. She chaired the Florida Department of Health's HIM Special Interest Group. She served as a Florida HIM Association Bridge the Gap mentor.
"Throughout my career I have taught and mentored many people in HIM practices and policies. Teaching and directing has always come naturally to me. I am very excited to continue my educational experiences in HIM at Fisher College and share my knowledge with those seeking a career in HIM. Healthcare is changing rapidly due to technological advances. There are many more HIM career paths today to explore than ever!"
Assistant Professor, Health Information Management
52 State HIM Associations (includes Puerto Rico and District of Columbia)
MaHIMA – Massachusetts Health Information Management Association
NYHIMA- New York HIM Association
FHIMA- Florida HIM Association
MHIMA- Michigan HIM Association
Regional HIM Associations
GCHIMA- Gulf Coast HIM Association (Florida)
National - AHIMA
State- New England HIMA Annual Conference
Regional – GCHIMA Annual Symposium, GCHIMA meetings with educational speakers.
For the Record
AHIMA (see website for button on publications) http://ahima.org/
JAHIMA- Journal of the American HIM Association
Perspectives in HIM
Student Connection (e-newsletter)
AHIMA Advantage (and e-alerts)
Foundation Matters (Scholarships)
Certification Connection (obtaining credentials)
HIMSS (see website listing the publications) http://www.himss.org/ASP/PublicationsHome.asp
JHIM- Journal of Healthcare Information Management
HIMSS Insider (monthly newsletter)
HIMSS Weekly Insider
HIMSS Conference Proceedings
Clinical Informatics Insights
Health IT Policy Update
Government Health IT News
Health IT News
On Line Communities
AHIMA Communities of Practice: Nine communities for students.