Health Informatics is an emerging field that fosters the acquisition, storage, retrieval and use of information within health care. As information technology advancements become more integral to health care, the demand for health care professionals who can employ and utilize health data is increasing. Health Informatics plays a critical role in enhancing the quality of consumer care, reducing health care costs and providing healthcare access in rural areas. Health Informatics specialty areas include electronic health records, health care insurance billing, telemedicine, and health care delivery systems, including laboratory and public health.
The standards for the Health Informatics pathway and related courses apply to occupations and functions in health information systems and the delivery of healthcare. The standards specify the knowledge and skills common to occupations in this pathway. Students participating in a solid Health Informatics program, can expect to understand patient privacy laws, health care legal and policy issues, front and back office data systems, health information insurance billing, troubleshooting and problem solving, and terminology. Additionally, students will learn different clinical applications in medicine, nursing, pharmacology, laboratory, and public health.
|Occupation Name||Occupation Code|
|Billing, Posting, and Calculating Machine Operators||43-3021.03|
|Medical Records and Health Information Technicians||29-2071.00|
This unit will explore career opportunities within Health Informatics as well as places of employment. The unit will outline the educational requirements for a career in health informatics.
This unit will cover information on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), confidentiality, patient rights, and patient privacy.
This unit will cover types of health information systems including electronic and paper. It will provide information on record keeping and requirements for patient record retention.
This unit will describe the various types and uses for health information and technological advancements that have fostered more efficient health informatics systems.
This unit will describe the qualitative and quantitative evaluation approaches common in health informatics. The unit will also explore how these feedback systems improve quality and efficiency of health informatics systems.
This unit provides students with the opportunity to practice reading, extracting and interpreting health information. It describes the process for using ICD-9 codes for medical billing as well as components to various health information that is used to become the billing source.