Health Information Management Systems

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  • The HIMS Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). HIMS Program students are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) examination with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). dedicated to the creation, transmission, and application of knowledge relating to health information management. In addition, the program seeks to prepare students for lifelong learning.
  • What is HIMS?
    Health Information Management Systems professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality healthcare. They are experts in managing patient health information and medical records, administering computer information systems and coding the diagnosis and procedures for healthcare services provided to patients. HIM professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, government agencies and home care providers.

    How do I become a Health Information Management System’s student?
    SUNO grants a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management Systems. Students begin the HIMS Program Spring Semester of their freshman year. Accredited by CAHIM, the HIMS program prepares graduates to take the AHIMA national registration examination to become certified as a Registered Health Information Administrator.

    What kinds of courses will I take?
    Majors must take courses in health information covering: medical terminology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, epidemiology, and an introductory course in health information management. You will also take coding and reimbursement courses, electronic health record, healthcare statistics, legal aspects of HIMS, data management and complete a profession practicum experience in the senior year. Students must also take courses focusing on HIMS management, human resource, and finance. Students must satisfy the general education requirements of the university.

    What are the internship opportunities?
    Students must complete an unpaid professional practicum experience in the senor year of the program. Interns can work in Health Information Management Department of the hospitals, ambulatory facilities, behavioral health facilities and nursing homes. Students must work with their advisor to coordinate an internship that suits their career goals.

    Why should I attend SUNO?
    Benefits of attending SUNO include:
    A highly qualified, credentialed faculty committed to helping you succeed.
    Lots of practical, hands-on learning in addition to regular classes.
    A great place to live and learn.

    What are the career opportunities in HIMS?
    HIMS professionals enjoy a broad selection of job opportunities and options for professional growth. Based on your skills, education, and interests, here are some positions available to you with a Bachelor’s Degree: Health Information Management (HIM) Department Director, HIM Systems Manager, Data Quality Manager, Compliance Director, Chief Privacy and/or Security Officer, HIM College Professor, or a Consultant.

    Examples of typical employers include: Hospitals, Information systems venders, Health clinics and group practices, Federal government, Insurance companies, State governments, Accounting firms, Colleges and universities (as faculty), Legal firms, Managed Care Organizations and Consulting firms. Please visit the following website for more information on career opportunities. http://www.hicareers.com/.

    What credentials are available for HIMS?
    Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)
    Working as a critical link between care providers, payers, and patients, the RHIA is an expert in managing patient health information and medical records, administering computer information systems, collecting and analyzing patient data, and using classification systems and medical terminologies. RHIAs possess comprehensive knowledge of medical, administrative, ethical and legal requirements and standards related to healthcare delivery and the privacy of protected patient information. They often manage people and operational units, participate in administrative committees, and prepare budgets.

    Certified Coding Associate (CCA)
    The CCA distinguishes coders by exhibiting commitment and demonstrating coding competencies across all settings, inc
  • Pharissa Robinson, JD, MS, RHIA, CPMA
    Interim Director/Assistant Professor
    LCMC 205
    504.286.5083
    probinson@suno.edu
  • 1. Upon completion of the HIMS curriculum, graduates will demonstrate entry-level competencies for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).

    2. Faculty of the HIMS Program will demonstrate current knowledge, skills, qualifications, and professional development in the content areas they teach.

    3. The program will demonstrate responsiveness to the needs of providers and employers in the communities of interest.

    4. The HIMS Program curricula will include, at minimum, the knowledge clusters and domain content and experiences to enable students to meet HIM competencies.

    All students enrolled in the HIMS Program must earn a 70% or better on an exit mock RHIA exam in HIMS 495 before graduating from the program. The student achieving this grade will show that they have met the minimum entry level competencies for the program. Students will be given 2 opportunities to accomplish this goal.

    The HIMS Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). HIMS Program students are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) examination with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • HIMS Program 2013 Graduate Survey: April 2014

    87.5% employed
    4.75/5 rating of preparedness for the work environment which is based on graduates evaluation of the courses that were relevant.
    80% are pursuing the RHIA credential

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